Stay on top of maintenance. Don't spend a lot of money customizing a car that's going to be depreciating at an accelerated rate. Seriously consider a hooptie for the back and forth commute. Good luck with the new job!
Yep my customization will be minimized due to the projected mileage. Thought about selling her as I think I can come out whole. As I literally look forward to every drive I take I think I will hang in there.
Is your commute highway or in town driving? If highway unless you are sitting in stop and go traffic there is no reason to change your oil sooner than the 5K interval in fact if it is mostly hwy speed miles you can go longer than the 5K with no harm. Highway speed miles are some of the best miles you can put on your car, low RPM long distance than sit all day and drive home on hwy after work. This is almost the perfect situation for long life of your engine. All of my former commute cars have gone well over 220K miles with no engine oil related issues and oil changes were between 8 and 10 K with Castrol 5w30 dino oil.
2012 IS350C Tungsten Pearl/ Black perforated/Nav
Vossen CV3 Matt Black Machined 19x8.5 +32 19x10 +38, Michelin Pilot Super Sport 235/35 ZR19 / 275/30 ZR19. REVO R40 Neo Chrome,
Fsport exhaust, intake, sways front/ rear, pedals and shift ****.
BC BR coilovers 12/10, Megan upper control arms, Megan rear camber arms.
Wifes ride, 2014 RX350 Fsport