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#2851813 - 12/29/12 06:41 PM 02 Xterra V6 3.3 V6 tiny oil capacity.
6lbsoft Offline


Registered: 02/02/12
Posts: 114
Loc: Southern California
Not quite sure as to what the Nissan engineers were thinking when they designed the 3.3 V6 that goes in the Xterra, Pathfinder, etc... My wife's 02 Xterra has a oil capacity of 3 and a half quarts ...with the filter. The filter , I believe is a Fram Ph7317, which looks like it would be better off filtering the oil from a Briggs and Stratton engine. Since we met I have been doing the oil changes on it (currently at 135k miles), my mouth hit the ground when she said she normally had an oil change every 7k or "whenever I remembered" as she said. But to my suprise to this day the Xterra doesn't leak or burn any oil. Even after 4,000 miles it is still full on the dipstick. Pretty stout engine IMO lol... Ive decided to run Mobil Clean 5000 5w30 and a Tough Gard filter with a OCI of 3,500-4k, but im open to what you guys think with an engine that has such a small oil capacity...
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#2851829 - 12/29/12 07:02 PM Re: 02 Xterra V6 3.3 V6 tiny oil capacity. [Re: 6lbsoft]
Mr Nice Offline


Registered: 09/12/04
Posts: 16614
Loc: Orlando, FL
Any oil will do just fine but I would simply use 4 quarts.
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#2851839 - 12/29/12 07:10 PM Re: 02 Xterra V6 3.3 V6 tiny oil capacity. [Re: 6lbsoft]
yonyon Offline


Registered: 03/06/12
Posts: 3492
Loc: NJ, USA
Originally Posted By: 6lbsoft
Not quite sure as to what the Nissan engineers were thinking when they designed the 3.3 V6 that goes in the Xterra, Pathfinder, etc... My wife's 02 Xterra has a oil capacity of 3 and a half quarts ...with the filter.


I believe they were thinking of keeping the pan up out of the way of things that could poke holes in it. If that's so they seem to have gotten it right. Somehow they also managed to avoid the "rust holes in oil pan" problem that so many other Nissans with a steel pan tended to develop. 3 and a half quarts doesn't sound like much oil to have in the sump + filter, but it's a lot better than 4 and a half on the roadway.

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#2851840 - 12/29/12 07:11 PM Re: 02 Xterra V6 3.3 V6 tiny oil capacity. [Re: 6lbsoft]
simple_gifts Offline


Registered: 07/26/04
Posts: 10718
Loc: Middlesex County CT
You have to wonder how much oil is really needed assuming it could be run 1 qt low (maybe like most engines) with no damage?
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#2851854 - 12/29/12 07:23 PM Re: 02 Xterra V6 3.3 V6 tiny oil capacity. [Re: 6lbsoft]
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Registered: 12/24/09
Posts: 3123
Loc: Ohio
Tiny capacity yes. They are very durable engines though. I believe somebody on here ran M1 for 10k with one of those. (No not Tig)
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#2851895 - 12/29/12 07:54 PM Re: 02 Xterra V6 3.3 V6 tiny oil capacity. [Re: 6lbsoft]
Kiwi_ME Offline


Registered: 10/24/08
Posts: 1019
Loc: New Zealand
Yep, a great engine. You could use a Pure One or M1 filter. I had an '00 X for 4 years in SoCal, ran M1 5W-30 @ 7,000 mile intervals, did drop to about 2/3 between changes. Sump is tall and thin to avoid front diff. Nothing wrong with the 3.5 Q capacity.

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#2851962 - 12/29/12 09:13 PM Re: 02 Xterra V6 3.3 V6 tiny oil capacity. [Re: 6lbsoft]
6lbsoft Offline


Registered: 02/02/12
Posts: 114
Loc: Southern California
Thanks for the input, makes me more at ease =)
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#2852010 - 12/29/12 09:59 PM Re: 02 Xterra V6 3.3 V6 tiny oil capacity. [Re: 6lbsoft]
mechtech2 Offline


Registered: 09/05/06
Posts: 19479
Loc: Chicago Area
5 qts was standard - very common - for American V8s.
Now, with engines half the size, why be concerned with a bit less oil?
Proportionately, now many should have even LESS than 3.5 qts.

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#2852031 - 12/29/12 10:20 PM Re: 02 Xterra V6 3.3 V6 tiny oil capacity. [Re: 6lbsoft]
stang5 Offline


Registered: 10/26/04
Posts: 532
Loc: Reno
My 1991 Pathfinder with 3.0 V6 only takes 3.25 qts to fill the sump, I added a remote filter kit for easy accessibility and that brought the capacity to 4 qts..
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#2858418 - 01/04/13 05:18 PM Re: 02 Xterra V6 3.3 V6 tiny oil capacity. [Re: 6lbsoft]
6lbsoft Offline


Registered: 02/02/12
Posts: 114
Loc: Southern California
I guess I am used to my Crown Vic and its 7 quart capacity lol.
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