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#1779268 - 02/12/10 12:16 PM Best oil for 2001 Honda Civic
dahonam Offline


Registered: 02/11/10
Posts: 27
Loc: California
Hey guys, new person to the forums here. I'm a pretty big car nut, but am only versatile in Audi/VWs. What kind of oil is best for my 2001 Honda Civic LX commuter? It has 128k miles on it, driven 100 miles a day, 90 of them highway, usually around 75-80mph, with the occassional traffic. I don't drive crazy or super fast with this commuter car. I live in Southern California, so the weather isn't too extreme. Before I started doing the maintenance on the car, the dealer did all the maintenance, so I'm assuming they used 5w-30 conventional. The first oil change i did on it was M1 5-30 with a Fram filter, which I left in car for about 7500 miles before the next oil change, which Autozone ran out of M1 synthetic so I used Castrol GTX conventinal. Currently coming up on 3k oil change, and would like to know what is the best oil for my use. I know AutoZone has Castrol Syntec or Edge on sale currently with a Fram filter, should i go with that, or another brand? I am looking to extend my OCI and also prolong the life of this engine. Thanks

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#1779274 - 02/12/10 12:22 PM Re: Best oil for 2001 Honda Civic [Re: dahonam]
addyguy Offline


Registered: 09/08/05
Posts: 13427
Loc: Canada
To start with, you can go 5-6k miles with your commute on that GTX. It will be fine. 3k on conventional oil is very old-school. Even 7500 on M1 is conservative!

If you REALLY want to extend your OCI's, I think you'll want to get some Amsoil SSO. With how easy your commute is on oil, you could go 20-25k miles on a fill of SSO and be fine.
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#1779276 - 02/12/10 12:22 PM Re: Best oil for 2001 Honda Civic [Re: dahonam]
Bill in Utah Offline



Registered: 11/11/02
Posts: 12782
Loc: UT
Keep the GTX in for another 2000 miles and repeat the 5k OCI with any 5w-30 oil and you'll be just fine.

Bill

PS: welcome

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#1779295 - 02/12/10 12:36 PM Re: Best oil for 2001 Honda Civic [Re: Bill in Utah]
BovineScapegoat Offline


Registered: 11/06/09
Posts: 235
Loc: Southern Ontario
Just ditch the Fram filters.
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#1779315 - 02/12/10 12:45 PM Re: Best oil for 2001 Honda Civic [Re: BovineScapegoat]
lexus114 Offline


Registered: 05/12/08
Posts: 6008
Loc: Easton, PA
Originally Posted By: BovineScapegoat
Just ditch the Fram filters.


The Fram lovers are gonna get you! no-no tongue2


Edited by lexus114 (02/12/10 12:45 PM)
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#1779318 - 02/12/10 12:47 PM Re: Best oil for 2001 Honda Civic [Re: BovineScapegoat]
dahonam Offline


Registered: 02/11/10
Posts: 27
Loc: California
Would you guys recommend i use Castrol Edge, or stick with Syntec? Only reason I mention Castrol is the Autozone deal. Like stated above, I would like to extend the life of the engine and OCI. In my Audi, I am a religious Motul user, however I find that overkill for a civic.


Edited by dahonam (02/12/10 12:49 PM)

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#1779323 - 02/12/10 12:50 PM Re: Best oil for 2001 Honda Civic [Re: Bill in Utah]
Oregoonian Offline


Registered: 02/06/10
Posts: 2120
Loc: Bend, Oregon
I would first suggest getting rid of that Fram oil filter on your next oil change. Get a high end filter such as a Purolator PureOne, a WIX or a Napa Gold.

My recommedation for oil would be Valvoline MaxLife (Synthetic in the silver bottle or the Blend in the red bottle). Change oil out between 7500 and 9000 miles. A 5w30 0r 10w30 should be Ok in SoCal.

I would also suggest that you add a fuel system cleaner to your gas about twice a year. I've had great results with the Chevron Techron Complete Fuel System product.

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2003 Ford Focus SE (2.3L) / 82,000
Valvoline MaxLife Syn 5w30
Purolator PureOne Oil Filter
Chevron Techron / twice a year
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#1779327 - 02/12/10 12:51 PM Re: Best oil for 2001 Honda Civic [Re: Bill in Utah]
Oregoonian Offline


Registered: 02/06/10
Posts: 2120
Loc: Bend, Oregon
I would first suggest getting rid of that Fram oil filter on your next oil change. Get a high end filter such as a Purolator PureOne, a WIX or a Napa Gold.

My recommedation for oil would be Valvoline MaxLife (Synthetic in the silver bottle or the Blend in the red bottle). Change oil out between 7500 and 9000 miles. A 5w30 0r 10w30 should be Ok in SoCal.

I would also suggest that you add a fuel system cleaner to your gas about twice a year. I've had great results with the Chevron Techron Complete Fuel System product.

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2003 Ford Focus SE (2.3L) / 82,000
Valvoline MaxLife Syn 5w30
Purolator PureOne Oil Filter
Chevron Techron / twice a year
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M1 0w20 AFE / Fram 'Ultra'/OCI: 8k to 10K
Autolite APP103 Dbl. Plat.
ATF: Mercon V w/Lubegard Red


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#1779329 - 02/12/10 12:52 PM Re: Best oil for 2001 Honda Civic [Re: dahonam]
Bill in Utah Offline



Registered: 11/11/02
Posts: 12782
Loc: UT
GTX will provide all the protection (as will any other SM rated oil) in your Civic as Syntec or Edge.

Bump the OCI up to 10-15k and thing *may* be different. UOAs and other factors figure in then.

Bill

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#1779345 - 02/12/10 01:02 PM Re: Best oil for 2001 Honda Civic [Re: Bill in Utah]
Silver02ex Offline


Registered: 09/15/04
Posts: 820
Loc: Hillsboro, OR
I have an 02 Civic and have used GTX in the past with no problems. For the price of the AZ oil change special you could probably go to Wal-Mart and pick up a jug of Pennzoil Platinum or Mobil 1 and a Super Tech filter.
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#1779362 - 02/12/10 01:14 PM Re: Best oil for 2001 Honda Civic [Re: Silver02ex]
shrooms Offline


Registered: 01/26/10
Posts: 710
Loc: NEPA
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#1779402 - 02/12/10 01:48 PM Re: Best oil for 2001 Honda Civic [Re: shrooms]
bepperb Offline


Registered: 01/10/08
Posts: 4661
Loc: Milwaukee, WI
The manufacturer OCI for that car is 11,500 miles on conventional.

Use the GTX longer. Personally, if that were my commute I'd be doing a synthetic for at least 10,000 miles.

We had an 03 Civic EX, we did 7500 on conventional for 80,000 miles, but needed a four door with our second kid so that's where our Accord came from.
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#1779426 - 02/12/10 02:08 PM Re: Best oil for 2001 Honda Civic [Re: bepperb]
sangyup81 Offline


Registered: 10/24/09
Posts: 1645
Loc: Bowie, MD
having a honda engine means you can extend your OCIs with whatever you have

if you went 15k miles on that M1 given the fact that you don't push that car, you probably would have been fine
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#1779434 - 02/12/10 02:17 PM Re: Best oil for 2001 Honda Civic [Re: sangyup81]
matt922 Offline


Registered: 10/26/08
Posts: 129
Loc: Gulfport, MS
Originally Posted By: sangyup81
having a honda engine means you can extend your OCIs with whatever you have

if you went 15k miles on that M1 given the fact that you don't push that car, you probably would have been fine

lol what?

Honestly i would use the gtx for 5k or a synthetic for 10k, both with a good filter. How to chose which one? Choose the cheapest.
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#1779481 - 02/12/10 02:55 PM Re: Best oil for 2001 Honda Civic [Re: dahonam]
asiancivicmaniac Offline


Registered: 01/12/05
Posts: 4041
Loc: FL
Run the GTX to 5 or 6k like others have said. Then the synthetic of your choice and run it for 10k. As long as the Fram that comes with the oil change special isn't an Extra Guard then I wouldn't worry too much about it. Afterall, Honda's A02 is pretty much a Fram. But of course I would use a PureOne if I were to choose.

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