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#2591790 - 04/06/12 02:06 PM Toyota Highlander 3MZ-FE V6 Oil Recommendation
wemis Offline


Registered: 01/03/11
Posts: 33
Loc: West Virginia
Hey I just bought an 04 Highlander with 109k miles on it and was wondering if anyone could recommend an oil for it. I'd like to go with a synthetic or a synthetic blend.. The previous owner took it to a garage and just had them do the typical oil change with conventional oil every 3k miles. There are currently no leaks.

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#2591799 - 04/06/12 02:22 PM Re: Toyota Highlander 3MZ-FE V6 Oil Recommendation [Re: wemis]
synthetic_crazy Offline


Registered: 06/23/10
Posts: 773
Loc: TX
Any name brand synthetic will be fine for that engine if you want a full-syn. Castrol, Mobil, and Pennzoil, just to name a few will provide great protection for your Highlander. I am partial to the Pennzoil and Mobil 1 products as we have used both. Both of our Toyotas are currently using Mobil 1.
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#2591800 - 04/06/12 02:22 PM Re: Toyota Highlander 3MZ-FE V6 Oil Recommendation [Re: wemis]
Cristobal Offline


Registered: 01/02/11
Posts: 1955
Loc: Montebello, CA
I bet the Mobil 1 oils will work fine, or any quality 5W-30.
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#2591809 - 04/06/12 02:37 PM Re: Toyota Highlander 3MZ-FE V6 Oil Recommendation [Re: wemis]
hardcore302 Offline


Registered: 11/23/09
Posts: 2396
Loc: Suffolk County, NY
Why not go with some Valvoline Synthetic? My buddy uses that for his Toyota truck. Seems to like it.
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#2591811 - 04/06/12 02:37 PM Re: Toyota Highlander 3MZ-FE V6 Oil Recommendation [Re: wemis]
Jeffy_D Offline


Registered: 01/27/12
Posts: 295
Loc: missouri
I been running edge with titanium in my highlander for about 5k, engine is still running as smooth and responsive as when I changed it. much better than GTX synblend I used prior. I agree with the other guys any name brand 5w30 full syn will make your engine happy.

Ive heard quaker state ultimate durability is great for the price, will be trying it next OC.
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#2591822 - 04/06/12 02:59 PM Re: Toyota Highlander 3MZ-FE V6 Oil Recommendation [Re: wemis]
bepperb Offline


Registered: 01/10/08
Posts: 4629
Loc: Milwaukee, WI
Whatever brand... really... who cares. It doesn't matter. I would think in WV a 5-30 would work well. I think a 5000 mile OCI is conservative and 7500 is probably as far as I would go on the 3.3.

Has the timing belt been changed? How about the tranny fluid and if 4wd the transfer and diff?
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#2591826 - 04/06/12 03:02 PM Re: Toyota Highlander 3MZ-FE V6 Oil Recommendation [Re: wemis]
lexus114 Offline


Registered: 05/12/08
Posts: 6004
Loc: Easton, PA
Pennzoil Platinum 5W-20, runs great in mine.
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#2591839 - 04/06/12 03:16 PM Re: Toyota Highlander 3MZ-FE V6 Oil Recommendation [Re: wemis]
mshu7 Offline


Registered: 05/09/05
Posts: 1028
Loc: Brownsburg, IN 46112
Toyota 0w20?
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#2591886 - 04/06/12 04:53 PM Re: Toyota Highlander 3MZ-FE V6 Oil Recommendation [Re: wemis]
DutchBrad Offline


Registered: 04/24/11
Posts: 235
Loc: Holland, MI USA
Your truck was backspec'd - you can run 5W30, 5w20 or 0W20. I run 5W20 Pennzoil Platinum in my '03 Sienna, but saw 0W20 Quaker State Ultimate Durability at Walmart, so that is going in my stash soon.

Here is the official toyota oil recommendations:

http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=2143463
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#2592187 - 04/06/12 10:43 PM Re: Toyota Highlander 3MZ-FE V6 Oil Recommendation [Re: wemis]
moto94536 Offline


Registered: 06/21/10
Posts: 749
Loc: reno nv
I will not use synthetic oil unless the car is required. You don't have to use synthetic to reach 300,000 miles..

You can use any cheap dino and change oil every 3k-5k depend on city or highway driving..

I will not pay more than $3 a quart for the motor oil.
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#2592618 - 04/07/12 12:57 PM Re: Toyota Highlander 3MZ-FE V6 Oil Recommendation [Re: wemis]
wiswind Offline


Registered: 11/03/04
Posts: 1009
Loc: Wisconsin
I run Redline 0W-20 in my 03 Sienna.
My first choice for off the shelf would be either Mobil 1 0W20 or 0W-30.
If the Toyota Chart lists 0W-20 for your application, the Toyota brand 0W-20 is also well liked on here.

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#2592633 - 04/07/12 01:26 PM Re: Toyota Highlander 3MZ-FE V6 Oil Recommendation [Re: wemis]
weebl Offline


Registered: 01/15/06
Posts: 497
Loc: Canada
My 2006 Toyota Sienna has the 3MZ-FE as well. I've always used a synthetic 5W-30: SynPower, Syntec, Quaker State Q-Horsepower, QSUD and PP. Also used a Syntec 5W-20 once. Really, any xW-30 or xW-20 will serve you well in this engine. My personal preference is for an xW-30 weight. Consider a UOA for extending the OCI if going synthetic. I got a copy of someone's UOA on their '04 Sienna with the 3MZ-FE run under similar conditions to mine, and he's doing 15,000 mile OCIs on M1 with no problems. Too long for my comfort, but I also know I can exceed the 5,000 mile OCI specified by Toyota.
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#2592749 - 04/07/12 03:54 PM Re: Toyota Highlander 3MZ-FE V6 Oil Recommendation [Re: wemis]
artificialist Offline


Registered: 09/23/07
Posts: 6572
Loc: Florida
If you are using conventional, don't go more than 3,000 miles between oil changes. Toyota MZ series engines get destroyed by sludge in the conventional stuff is taken to 5,000 miles.
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#2593070 - 04/07/12 08:52 PM Re: Toyota Highlander 3MZ-FE V6 Oil Recommendation [Re: wemis]
moto94536 Offline


Registered: 06/21/10
Posts: 749
Loc: reno nv
Toyota recommend 5,000 miles OCI. I still monitor the oil level every week, especially on the 4-cyl and local driving..

I have 1mz-fe. I do 5,000 to 6000 miles OCI.
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#2593307 - 04/08/12 07:04 AM Re: Toyota Highlander 3MZ-FE V6 Oil Recommendation [Re: bepperb]
wemis Offline


Registered: 01/03/11
Posts: 33
Loc: West Virginia
Originally Posted By: bepperb
Whatever brand... really... who cares. It doesn't matter. I would think in WV a 5-30 would work well. I think a 5000 mile OCI is conservative and 7500 is probably as far as I would go on the 3.3.

Has the timing belt been changed? How about the tranny fluid and if 4wd the transfer and diff?


Thanks for the info! I am going to change the timing belt and water pump next week since the previous owner hadn't done so. I am also going to have them change the differential fluid. The transmission fluid is red and looks really good. I hadn't thought about changing that really. Do you recommend changing it as well as the transfer case fluid?

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