Originally Posted by Joe Schmoe
Some automakers build the engine with unique oil and oil filters that are intended to be changed earlier than the normal interval for the first change. Check the part number on the OEM installed first oil filter vs. the normal oil filter part number. I don't want to start a debate about whether you should switch to synthetic vs. regular oil on the first change, but it doesn't hurt to do the first change @ 3000 if this is the case, then follow the manual from then on out.
In the "old days" an early oil change was recommended to remove any residual swarf in the engine that the initial cleaning didn't get. With better manufacturing technology today, this is less of a problem, but still not a bad idea, IMO.