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#1710539 - 12/17/09 08:56 AM Oil recommendation for a 2001 Chevy Tahoe
KeithKman Offline


Registered: 12/17/09
Posts: 130
Loc: Southern California
I have a 2001 Tahoe with the 5.3 liter V8. Truck has 130k miles. The last two oil changes were done with Pennzoil Platinum 5w-30. I notice I am burning oil so I would like to try something that will cut down on oil burning.

Since I do live in a college town most of the time my drives are really short and the motor does not get up to operating temperature.

Any oil recommendations?

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#1710545 - 12/17/09 09:01 AM Re: Oil recommendation for a 2001 Chevy Tahoe [Re: KeithKman]
addyguy Offline


Registered: 09/08/05
Posts: 13844
Loc: Canada
Try a 5W-30 or 10W-30 High-Mileage oil to start - Valvoline Maxlife is a favourite on here, but any will do.
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#1710568 - 12/17/09 09:22 AM Re: Oil recommendation for a 2001 Chevy Tahoe [Re: addyguy]
daves87rs Offline


Registered: 02/23/09
Posts: 15445
Loc: Michigan
Second the Maxlife....
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#1710605 - 12/17/09 09:53 AM Re: Oil recommendation for a 2001 Chevy Tahoe [Re: daves87rs]
KeithKman Offline


Registered: 12/17/09
Posts: 130
Loc: Southern California
Should I be looking at the Valvoline Conventional Max Life or the Synthetic version? Should I try the 10w-30 or try the 5w-30?

I guess my dad just did an oil change 2,000 miles ago in his 2003 Expedition with 170k miles and used the Mobil 1 High Mileage 10w-30. He says the oil consumption has stopped almost completely.

How does the Mobil 1 High Mileage compare to the Valvoline Max Life?
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2001 LT Tahoe | 159k miles
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#1710772 - 12/17/09 12:15 PM Re: Oil recommendation for a 2001 Chevy Tahoe [Re: KeithKman]
jstutz Offline


Registered: 10/06/08
Posts: 1540
Loc: NC
I used the M1 10w30HM in my chevy 1500 and it did help consumption. Use it with confidence. It is a little thicker than most 10w30's. How bad is your consumption?

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#1710803 - 12/17/09 12:46 PM Re: Oil recommendation for a 2001 Chevy Tahoe [Re: jstutz]
KeithKman Offline


Registered: 12/17/09
Posts: 130
Loc: Southern California
Originally Posted By: jstutz
I used the M1 10w30HM in my chevy 1500 and it did help consumption. Use it with confidence. It is a little thicker than most 10w30's. How bad is your consumption?


With the PP 5w-30, the oil consumption is around half a quart every 1,750 to 2000 miles.
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2001 LT Tahoe | 159k miles
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#1711195 - 12/17/09 07:15 PM Re: Oil recommendation for a 2001 Chevy Tahoe [Re: KeithKman]
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Registered: 03/24/09
Posts: 142
Loc: Michigan
+1 on the M1 10W-30HM. I have a 2000 GMC Sierra with the 4.8L. It has seen a steady diet of M1 and SynPower through its life and has 265,000 miles on it. I am running GC 0W-30 this winter but plan on running M1 10W-30HM next summer. I see a slight amount of usage until the GC shears down after 2000 miles or so and then it quits going down. BTW, my mileage has increased with the GC.



Edited by el_zorro (12/17/09 07:25 PM)

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#1711200 - 12/17/09 07:20 PM Re: Oil recommendation for a 2001 Chevy Tahoe [Re: el_zorro]
defektes Offline


Registered: 09/09/09
Posts: 3216
Loc: Hesperia, CA, USA
the valvoline HM maxlife is a synthetic blend. great oil for your truck.
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#1711286 - 12/17/09 08:27 PM Re: Oil recommendation for a 2001 Chevy Tahoe [Re: defektes]
daman Offline


Registered: 09/23/06
Posts: 10894
Loc: Bad Axe, MI
Mobil 1 5w30HM or 10w30HM both great oil,try the 10w30.
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#1711301 - 12/17/09 08:40 PM Re: Oil recommendation for a 2001 Chevy Tahoe [Re: daman]
KeithKman Offline


Registered: 12/17/09
Posts: 130
Loc: Southern California
Great to hear guys. My dad said Wal-Mart was out of the M1 HM 10-30 when he checked this past weekend. I'm driving home from school tomorrow, it's about 230 miles. I went out to the truck tonight to make sure the tire pressure and oil level was fine. Both are.

I pulled off the oil cap and looked at the inside of the oil cap. I noticed some moisture. Should I be concerned? Like I said, most of the time when I'm at school I drive very short distances where the motor doesn't get up to operating temperature.
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2001 LT Tahoe | 159k miles
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#1711857 - 12/18/09 09:51 AM Re: Oil recommendation for a 2001 Chevy Tahoe [Re: KeithKman]
addyguy Offline


Registered: 09/08/05
Posts: 13844
Loc: Canada
Normal to get some water condensation w/ very short trips. Any extended run over 10 miles should clear that right out.
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2003 Mazda Tribute LX V-6, 196,850 miles...DEAD.
MM F1 5W-20 conventional + Bardahl + top-offs.
MM MPH2 filter.

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#1712791 - 12/19/09 07:18 AM Re: Oil recommendation for a 2001 Chevy Tahoe [Re: addyguy]
jstutz Offline


Registered: 10/06/08
Posts: 1540
Loc: NC
With your short trips, and a litte oil consumption, i think i would do 3 to 4 k changes with dino 10w30 HM. Many speak highly of valvoline HM. I believe the pennzoil HM is good stuff as well.

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#1712799 - 12/19/09 07:33 AM Re: Oil recommendation for a 2001 Chevy Tahoe [Re: jstutz]
PT1 Offline


Registered: 02/06/07
Posts: 5746
Loc: near the mistake
Maxlife is very good. But if you are getting moisture repeatedly and are consuming oil, I would do a UOA on the current oil and look for a coolant leak in the oil.
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