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Just bought a 2015 Renegade off Carvana. What are the first things I should do for maintenance/upkeep?

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Hey all! I'm a new Jeep owner. I've just purchased a 2015 Latitude 4x4 Renegade with 63k miles on it. I was informed by Carvana that it's had an oil change within the last few months (didn't show up on the Carfax, but they said it probably got done during their reconditioning.). I am not trusting a "maybe", so I'm getting its oil changed this weekend. Other than that, what should I be doing with the Jeep to make sure it's road-ready?

On another note, what maintenance do you recommend for making this Jeep last many, many more miles? I plan on changing oil every 5k miles, but other than that I'm not sure what I should be doing besides keeping it clean and looking pretty. Do you use any special engine fluids? Should I use Premium gas? Run it for 10 minutes before I go for a drive?

I'd love to hear suggestions and feedback!
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Is that applicable to all years and models? Because my 17 T.H. doesn't have that at all in the OSD/Menu.

The Renegade should give you a message when the oil needs to be replaced,
The Wife's 2021 Jeep has an “oil life remaining” on her dash/menu (whatever you want to call it). I don't have that screen, so I just assumed I wouldn't have the oil change reminder. I've gone like 5k miles and no chime has popped up. I wish there was a way to verify that you are correct in your assumption that all makes/models/years have that.
I put in SeaFoam every oil change into the gas tank. I've been using that product for years on everything that's got an engine. Never once caused any problems or, let me down in any way. I leave my little snowblower sitting in the garage all season long with some SeaFoam in the tank from the previous winter, pull her out for the first winter fire-up and she fires right up. (that's just an example as to why I use it)
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I'm not sure what a potential issue—if any—the injectors are. I just do it for “peace of mind”. Furthermore, I've run SeaFoam in every gas vehicle I've owned and haven't had any negative side effects from it's use, only positive.

I also put it into the crankcase a few hundred miles before an oil change (like it states you can use it there also). Some people run it in the crankcase the life of an oil change but that makes me nervous so I only put it in there before an oil change to "wash" it out with fresh oil. My 2006 SRT8 has been running SeaFoam in the gas tank and the fuel and that car pretty much lives in my garage hooked up to a battery tender for most of its life due to its rarity, and it starts up every single time without issue.

How much of a potential issue are fuel injectors on these engines?
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