The most often question on the planet seems to be “when should I change my oil” or “should I follow the car’s Oil-Life percent gauge”.

I won’t ask those. But I will ask this:

I understand that the Oil-Life Percentage Meter is NOT linear. (You can’t convert “miles” to “percent” just by assuming “30-60 miles” should be about each 1% of change.)

But I will ask this:

On a brand new Honda Accord, how many miles did you have when your gauge FIRST changed from 100% to 99%?

Or… how many miles did you have when the gauge when it changed to 0% for the first time?

(Both of those questions are for FIRST timers. Brand new cars.)

Here’s the reason I’m asking:

Should I be concerned if the gauge still says 100% after 250 miles? Still 100% after 500 miles? Still 100% after 1000 miles?

(I would assume the oil has to be (at least) 1% of the way through its lifespan, by x miles.)