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#1 Old 11-24-2007, 01:40 PM
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What kind of oil should I use?

I'm gonna change my oil today. It has full synthetic in it, so I'm gonna stay with that. But whatgrade should I use. I live near Cleveland so it's pretty cold.

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I use Mobile 1 Synthetic 5w30 on my 2.0 in Chicago.

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I use Mobile 1 Synthetic 5w30 on my 2.0 in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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I use Q Advanced Full Syntheic 5W30 in Newfoundland, Canada....5W30 would be your best bet.... 10W30 may be pushing it depending on how cold it would get there but either or should be fine.

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i ended up goin with royal purple 5w30

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I'm gonna change my oil today. It has full synthetic in it, so I'm gonna stay with that. But whatgrade should I use. I live near Cleveland so it's pretty cold.
For a 1.8L 4-cyl engine, regular oil will do just fine. I use regular oil on my Spec V and it's been running smooth since I bought it.
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I use Mobil 1 5w30 and have no problems with it.
Is Royal Purple really as good as its made out to be?
Where the hell can I find it? I never seen it at any autopart store in my area.

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i ended up goin with royal purple 5w30
Why? Your car is not used for racing.


Pennzoil Platinum full synthetic is what I used now, before that was Amsoil.

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Is Royal Purple really as good as its made out to be?
No. It has the approximate shear stability of whipped cream sitting in the refrigerator...

Seriously, though. It has really poor shear stability. Pep Boys in my area sells it. I don't buy it.

Right now I'm using Castrol Syntec (not German ) 5W-30. Just changed after 3700 miles, and am now sending in my used Syntec to Blackstone. Most likely I'm starting a ~6000 mile run on it. Then I'll probably go for a Group IV synthetic till it's time for a high mileage formulation. Speaking of which, does anybody know anything about these "high mileage" oils? What I know is limited to the marketing angles (resists burnoff, minimizes leaks, etc).

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From "Car and Driver"

More and more oil companies are coming out with "high mileage" oils now, some recommended for engines with as few as 75,000 miles on them. So what is a "high mileage" oil you ask? Well very generally speaking, these oils have two additives in them which are more suited to older engines. The first is normally a burnoff-inhibitor which helps prevent the oil from burning off if it gets past an engine seal into the combustion chamber. The second is a "seal conditioner", the exact makeup of which I'm not sure of, but it's designed to soak into seals such as head- and rocker-cover gaskets and force them to expand. Thus if one of the seals is a bit leaky, the seal conditioner will attempt to minimise the leak.
I've not had experience of high mileage oils myself, but a few people who've e-mailed me have passed on various tales from it being the miracle cure to it making no difference at all. I think the general rule-of-thumb though should be "if it 'aint broke, don't fix it." Just because your engine has over 75,000 miles on it, doesn't automatically mean you need high mileage oil. Is the exhaust sooty or smokey? Are you noticing oil leaks? Is the engine consuming oil? If your engine is working fine, the exhaust is clean and you're not noticing any problems, my guess is that it doesn't need high-mileage oil.
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I saw that on this site:
http://www.carbibles.com/engineoil_bible.html
^ I am stealing that link from thevboard.
It had lots of info on oil, but TL;DR. (I will get to it...)

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I read that website before. I'm kinda looking for a more in-depth explanation. Something BITOG-style. Or adc100 style...

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Castrol Syntec 0W-30. Make sure the bottle reads Made in Germany on the back label. It must be 0W-30 & German made. If not, put it back on the shelf & buy some Mobil 1 instead. Heh!

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There's something else I can't find in my area.
Looks like I have to stick to Mobil 1...

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