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#1767570 - 02/03/10 09:09 PM Best oil for 2001 Toyota Camry v6
dgee Offline


Registered: 02/03/10
Posts: 427
Loc: Connecticut
I am planning on doing my own oil changes but I am not sure what oil I should use.
If anyone can tell me which oil (both dino and syn) is the best for my car, this would be great!

2001 Toyota Camry CE V6 185000 miles

I drive 5 miles back and forth to school everyday. And every other day I drive around 50 miles back and forth combined.

When I drive on the highway I tend to go 70 mph plus in the fast lane. So does this mean I drive hard? haha not too sure

I just want to know what oil I should be running in my car.

And I forgot to add, but I've been getting my oil done every 3000 miles.


Edited by dgee (02/03/10 09:10 PM)
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#1767586 - 02/03/10 09:20 PM Re: Best oil for 2001 Toyota Camry v6 [Re: dgee]
Durango Offline


Registered: 02/15/07
Posts: 2052
Loc: Los Angeles, California
dgee,

If it were my Camry I'd go for using a synthetic oil like Mobil 1 5W-30 weight. With the miles you drive (small) I feel you need a synthetic.

Because you drive so little miles I'd every weekend at the most drive it on the highway for a good hour and a half to get the oil hot and circulate throughout the entire motor to absorb any moisture build-up AND melt/absorb any possible sludge that might form inside your V-6. If you go this route then you can do your oil changes at the prescribed time interval mentioned in your instruction manuel. The synthetic will take you an easy 6000 miles so adjust your service accordingly.

If you drive about 70 MPH on the highway/freeway that's about what everyone does here in Los Angeles even though certain areas are ok to do 65. I think your fine.

Good luck in your decision.

Durango

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#1767590 - 02/03/10 09:22 PM Re: Best oil for 2001 Toyota Camry v6 [Re: Durango]
JustinC25 Offline


Registered: 08/19/04
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Pennzoil Platinum 5w30, or M1 5w30
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#1767596 - 02/03/10 09:25 PM Re: Best oil for 2001 Toyota Camry v6 [Re: JustinC25]
UberxG Offline


Registered: 06/27/08
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Loc: California
i was going about 85 on the way to and from San Diego and i was trying to keep up with traffic :D

To the original poster, i would chose any of the top synthetics from the major oil company's.

Mobil 1
Valvoline Synpower
Pennzoil Platinum
Castrol syntec
Walmart Supertech Synthetic ( very good price )
what ever is cheapest.
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#1767614 - 02/03/10 09:33 PM Re: Best oil for 2001 Toyota Camry v6 [Re: UberxG]
dgee Offline


Registered: 02/03/10
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would i have to worry about oil leaks when switching to synthetic since this car has a run quite a while with dino oil? (185,000 miles?)


Edited by dgee (02/03/10 09:34 PM)
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#1767620 - 02/03/10 09:41 PM Re: Best oil for 2001 Toyota Camry v6 [Re: dgee]
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5w-30 valvoline maxlife full synthetic
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#1767647 - 02/03/10 10:06 PM Re: Best oil for 2001 Toyota Camry v6 [Re: dgee]
teddyboy Offline


Registered: 01/18/10
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If you call 1-800-ASK-Mobil, they are adamant that switching a high mileage car to synthetic oil will not cause leaks. When my wife and I got married, she owned a 1988 Oldsmobile Delta 88 with around 160K. I changed it to synthetic with no adverse affect on seals. Based on what Mobil says and my own (albeit limited) experience, I believe that the notion that changing to synthetic causes leaks is urban legend.
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#1767656 - 02/03/10 10:15 PM Re: Best oil for 2001 Toyota Camry v6 [Re: teddyboy]
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5w30 high mileage in the summer 5w30 regular in the winter providing engine is in good shape

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#1767676 - 02/03/10 10:42 PM Re: Best oil for 2001 Toyota Camry v6 [Re: crazyoildude]
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PYB 5w30 all year round, Purolator classic filter or similar. At the given mileage on the engine we are not going to the moon.

OCI 5k or 6 months whichever comes first.
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#1767683 - 02/03/10 10:57 PM Re: Best oil for 2001 Toyota Camry v6 [Re: beast3300]
Carzzz Offline


Registered: 01/26/08
Posts: 424
Loc: Toronto, ON, Canada
Get some quality synthetic and change it within 4,000 miles!
That's what i would do on Toyota sludge engine!

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#1767699 - 02/03/10 11:23 PM Re: Best oil for 2001 Toyota Camry v6 [Re: Carzzz]
Bill in Utah Offline



Registered: 11/11/02
Posts: 12792
Loc: UT
KNOWN SLUDGER with SHORT TRIPS?

Easy.

ANY OIL changed OFTEN.

Why? Because you NEED to get the water and byproducts OUT. No matter what type of oil you use.

A 6 month OCI would NOT be what I'd suggest PERIOD.

Bill

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#1767743 - 02/04/10 12:18 AM Re: Best oil for 2001 Toyota Camry v6 [Re: Bill in Utah]
The Critic Offline


Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 18041
Loc: Walnut Creek, CA
Five miles is not short. Two miles is.

That engine is a sludge monster. A full synthetic oil changed every 5000 miles or less is a good idea.

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#1767750 - 02/04/10 12:25 AM Re: Best oil for 2001 Toyota Camry v6 [Re: The Critic]
Bill in Utah Offline



Registered: 11/11/02
Posts: 12792
Loc: UT
Originally Posted By: The Critic
Five miles is not short. Two miles is.



Huh?

Quote:
And every other day I drive around 50 miles back and forth combined.
duh Missed that...

Still Known sludger = changing the oil OFTEN.

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#1767751 - 02/04/10 12:27 AM Re: Best oil for 2001 Toyota Camry v6 [Re: Bill in Utah]
The Critic Offline


Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 18041
Loc: Walnut Creek, CA
Originally Posted By: Bill in Utah
Originally Posted By: The Critic
Five miles is not short. Two miles is.



Huh?


Five miles isn't short distance.

My engine oil is already very warm after two miles. Five miles would have it hot.

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#1767768 - 02/04/10 01:03 AM Re: Best oil for 2001 Toyota Camry v6 [Re: The Critic]
HTSS_TR Offline


Registered: 04/17/06
Posts: 14015
Loc: Lake Forest, CA
Originally Posted By: The Critic

Five miles isn't short distance.

My engine oil is already very warm after two miles. Five miles would have it hot.


Your car(s) has oil temp gauge ?
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