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#3329793 - 03/31/14 10:25 PM Re: sentra 1.8 only a 3 qt fill...dino or synthethtic? [Re: turtlevette]
Zaedock Offline


Registered: 09/10/05
Posts: 3854
Loc: Massachusetts
Originally Posted By: turtlevette
Originally Posted By: Zaedock
It's an economy car, not a Bugatti.


So if it was a Bugatti you would do synthetic 3K intervals?

If he finds clearance oil and filters at AZ or Walmart and does his own changes probably more like wasting 20 a year.

We spend 1000s on taxes, insurance, maintenance etc. What's another 20 bucks?





If I owned a Bugatti, I would use the recommended lubricant to the OE interval.

The OP's car is an '04 Sentra. Recommending synthetic to a 3,000 mile interval is completely asinine. There is no reason to spend the money if you do not have to.
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#3329797 - 03/31/14 10:29 PM Re: sentra 1.8 only a 3 qt fill...dino or synthethtic? [Re: jayg]
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Registered: 01/30/07
Posts: 10759
Loc: Clovis, CA
The oiling system is a closed loop. 3 quarts will go around the loop twice as many times as 6 quarts will.

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#3329816 - 03/31/14 10:50 PM Re: sentra 1.8 only a 3 qt fill...dino or synthethtic? [Re: lucerne06]
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Registered: 06/30/04
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I bought my '06 Sentra from the original owner a couple of years ago. It's got 175K miles and still going strong. My only complaint is the less than stellar mileage (low 30's highway), but I knew that going in.

I've run Amsoil XL since I've had it and change it in the spring and fall with a Wix filter. Due to budget constraints, I'm moving over to Mobil 1 HM (or EP if on sale) and continuing with the same spring (10w-30)/fall (5w-30) drain schedule. With the Amsoil it never needed a drop added in between changes, which was about 7-8K miles before reducing my commute last fall by some 7,000 miles/year with a new job. Looking forward to dropping in the Mobil 1 EP I picked up on sale to see if there are any noticeable changes. An interesting thing to note on this engine, Nissan does approve 10w-40 in the engine. Don't think I'd run that thick in there, but then again, if I hang on to it a few more years...

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#3329846 - 03/31/14 11:37 PM Re: sentra 1.8 only a 3 qt fill...dino or synthethtic? [Re: Merkava_4]
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Registered: 09/10/09
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Originally Posted By: Merkava_4
The oiling system is a closed loop. 3 quarts will go around the loop twice as many times as 6 quarts will.


The flip side is that the oil and the engine is going to get up to temperature a more qickly. Considering the length of the average trip in a car, that's a good thing.

Add me to the list of people who've put >200K miles on an SR20DE with no issues. I used a full synthetic for 10K intervals (Amsoil 0W30) since it had a tiny sump, and it was sparkling clean when the teenager I sold it to wrapped it around a telephone pole...

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#3329977 - 04/01/14 06:57 AM Re: sentra 1.8 only a 3 qt fill...dino or synthethtic? [Re: Zaedock]
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Registered: 12/23/06
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Loc: Toronto, Canada
Originally Posted By: Zaedock
Originally Posted By: turtlevette

So if it was a Bugatti you would do synthetic 3K intervals?

If he finds clearance oil and filters at AZ or Walmart and does his own changes probably more like wasting 20 a year.

We spend 1000s on taxes, insurance, maintenance etc. What's another 20 bucks?



If I owned a Bugatti, I would use the recommended lubricant to the OE interval.
The OP's car is an '04 Sentra. Recommending synthetic to a 3,000 mile interval is completely asinine. There is no reason to spend the money if you do not have to.


Spot on Zaedock! thumbsup

I've seen this time and time again on BITOG. When someone with a clear bias and no desire to learn something new runs out of logical arguments (in a lot of cases it's rather quick wink ), they will start throwing "cheap insurance", "what's another XX bucks?", "I use the best for my baby", etc.
In other words, there is no sense wasting your time. They will continue to spew nonsense and nothing will stop that.
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#3330313 - 04/01/14 12:50 PM Re: sentra 1.8 only a 3 qt fill...dino or synthethtic? [Re: lucerne06]
lucerne06 Offline


Registered: 03/07/09
Posts: 402
Loc: northeast
nissan says 3,750 miles between oil changes.

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#3333114 - 04/04/14 08:50 AM Re: sentra 1.8 only a 3 qt fill...dino or synthethtic? [Re: JOD]
lucerne06 Offline


Registered: 03/07/09
Posts: 402
Loc: northeast
the car does warm up quick...i believe I read it has a iron block..is that true.??

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#3333130 - 04/04/14 09:22 AM Re: sentra 1.8 only a 3 qt fill...dino or synthethtic? [Re: lucerne06]
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Pop the hood and take a look.
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