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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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I'd say you're off to a good start with changing the oil and filter right off. Make sure the oil meets the Mopar specification for your particular engine.

The Renegade should give you a message when the oil needs to be replaced, depending on usage. Every 5K miles is on the too-frequent side.

And replace the engine air filter. Cabin air filter too.

I'd definitely replace the brake fluid. The requirement is every two years, no matter how many miles. If you don't know whether it's been replaced, replace it.

Beyond that, did you get an Owner's Manual with the Renegade? If not, manuals can be downloaded. There's an awful lot of good information in there. To include the maintenance schedule.

Replacing spark plugs may be in order, depending on your engine type. And I'd replace ignition coils at the same time.

Other than that, I'd get a good shop to do a thorough inspection of everything... Underbody, suspension, etc. They'll know what to do.

Special engine fluids? Like I said, Jeep recommends a specific oil specification, depending on engine type. Also coolant specification -- don't just blindly use generic green Prestone stuff.

What grade of gasoline to use depends on the engine. The Owner's Manual should tell you; I suspect Regular should be fine.

You mean idle for 10 minutes before driving? No.

Thanks for the advice! I had read on another forum that oil needs 10 minutes to heat up from a cold start, so it was recommended to let it idle before driving. Does that only apply in the winter, or not at all ever? Is synth oil recommended, or should I give it whatever the owner's manual suggests? I want to make this vehicle last for as many years as I can.
When do you recommend putting in fuel injector cleaner? Am I kinda of far off from that with only 63k miles?
Its actually pretty simple once you remove the right hand side dash cover, there are 7 t-25 screws that hold the glovebox on and one 7/32nds screw that hold the cabin air filter in the housing. I removced mine and it looked like it hadnt been changed since brand new it had leaves in it and was very black.
Wow. This is definitely something I will see about doing myself. Yikes.
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