Originally Posted by jrob
Just because the oil that comes out is dark doesn't mean it is breaking down. If you are really concerned about how your oil is performing, send a sample to Blackstone Labs to see what's in it and how well it is performing.
That being said, I don't see the harm in a break-in oil change to be on the safe side, but I think that regular oil change intervals of anything less than ~7,500 are unnecessary and wasteful.
Well yes, clearly, if it's dark, that means it's doing it's job, it's just a mental, "Ok I changed out the initial engine oil" out thing. Can't explain it.