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#3102646 - 08/22/13 02:54 PM The Best synthetic motor oil - 2013 Nissan Maxima
AaronE Offline


Registered: 08/22/13
Posts: 3
Loc: Texas
Hello everyone...

Am new to this forum and this is my first posted question.

Just bought a Nissan Maxima 3.5 L S and have 3700 miles on it.

What is the best synthetic oil to use?

Couple of points regarding driving conditions:

1. Drive in the City w/ a lot of traffic
2. I drive it hard at times. It comes with the paddle shifting, so have a little fun with it.





Edited by AaronE (08/22/13 02:55 PM)

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#3102652 - 08/22/13 02:57 PM Re: The Best synthetic motor oil - 2013 Nissan Maxima [Re: AaronE]
SLCraig Offline


Registered: 12/21/08
Posts: 5505
Loc: London, ON, Canada
If it were me, I would be using German Castrol 0w30.
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#3102655 - 08/22/13 02:59 PM Re: The Best synthetic motor oil - 2013 Nissan Maxima [Re: AaronE]
Hollow Offline


Registered: 02/29/08
Posts: 1205
Loc: the South

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#3102670 - 08/22/13 03:10 PM Re: The Best synthetic motor oil - 2013 Nissan Maxima [Re: SLCraig]
AaronE Offline


Registered: 08/22/13
Posts: 3
Loc: Texas
Thanks SLCraig

Was actually looking into German Castrol 0w30, is that an easy oil to get ahold of?

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#3102673 - 08/22/13 03:11 PM Re: The Best synthetic motor oil - 2013 Nissan Maxima [Re: AaronE]
lubedude13 Offline


Registered: 07/14/13
Posts: 377
Loc: North Carolina
I don't think there is a BEST.
I personally use Amsoil Signature Series.
If I didn't use amsoil I would use Kendall or Pennzoil
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#3102687 - 08/22/13 03:20 PM Re: The Best synthetic motor oil - 2013 Nissan Maxima [Re: AaronE]
AaronE Offline


Registered: 08/22/13
Posts: 3
Loc: Texas
Thanks guys...

Have used Valvoline Dino oil in the past and liked it. Something to consider then. Am sure both Valvoline and Castrol are great synthetics to use. Respect German engineering.. regarding the German Castrol. Guess next step is to compare price.

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#3102698 - 08/22/13 03:26 PM Re: The Best synthetic motor oil - 2013 Nissan Maxima [Re: AaronE]
tig1 Offline


Registered: 01/03/09
Posts: 11297
Loc: Illinois
All you had to do was look above in this section and this will tell you the best. Here is the link.

http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=1664795#Post1664795
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#3102704 - 08/22/13 03:29 PM Re: The Best synthetic motor oil - 2013 Nissan Maxima [Re: AaronE]
danthaman1980 Offline


Registered: 03/12/10
Posts: 893
Loc: SE Wisconsin
Originally Posted By: AaronE
Hello everyone...

Am new to this forum and this is my first posted question.

Just bought a Nissan Maxima 3.5 L S and have 3700 miles on it.

What is the best synthetic oil to use?

Couple of points regarding driving conditions:

1. Drive in the City w/ a lot of traffic
2. I drive it hard at times. It comes with the paddle shifting, so have a little fun with it.



Aaron,

What viscosity does Nissan recommend for this car?

I don't think I would use GC (Castrol Syntec 0W-30) since that oil is rated API SL, and you likely need an API SN oil to maintain warranty coverage. GC is a great oil for sure, but maybe not the best choice for your application.


Edited by danthaman1980 (08/22/13 03:41 PM)
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#3102710 - 08/22/13 03:33 PM Re: The Best synthetic motor oil - 2013 Nissan Maxima [Re: AaronE]
walk23 Offline


Registered: 05/16/11
Posts: 567
Loc: TX - TEXAS
Kendall GT-1 5w30 !
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#3102716 - 08/22/13 03:40 PM Re: The Best synthetic motor oil - 2013 Nissan Maxima [Re: danthaman1980]
Texican Offline


Registered: 07/29/13
Posts: 196
Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: danthaman1980
Originally Posted By: AaronE
Hello everyone...

Am new to this forum and this is my first posted question.

Just bought a Nissan Maxima 3.5 L S and have 3700 miles on it.

What is the best synthetic oil to use?

Couple of points regarding driving conditions:

1. Drive in the City w/ a lot of traffic
2. I drive it hard at times. It comes with the paddle shifting, so have a little fun with it.



Aaron,

What year model?
What viscosity does Nissan recommend for this car?

Since the mileage is so low, I'll assume it is fairly new. As such, I wouldn't use GC (Castrol Syntec 0W-30) since that oil is rated API SL, and you likely need an API SN oil to maintain warranty coverage. GC is a great oil for sure, but maybe not the best choice for your application.

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#3102723 - 08/22/13 03:47 PM Re: The Best synthetic motor oil - 2013 Nissan Maxima [Re: AaronE]
bourne Offline


Registered: 12/20/06
Posts: 1387
Loc: Greenwood, IN
Maxlife 5w30
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#3102762 - 08/22/13 04:36 PM Re: The Best synthetic motor oil - 2013 Nissan Maxima [Re: AaronE]
crazyoildude Offline


Registered: 07/23/08
Posts: 8251
Loc: New Jersey
use whatever is on sale... there is really no best qsud is good oil and priced ok although its slowly creeping up i saw it at $21.00 when and if it hits $22.00 that is when i stop buying it. i get bulk delivered to the shop but we are so busy i have a hard time getting my own car in and i own the place. i change oil sometimes in my driveway and i buy oil usually at wm because transporting oil in my car proved very messy!

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#3102800 - 08/22/13 05:16 PM Re: The Best synthetic motor oil - 2013 Nissan Maxima [Re: AaronE]
gregk24 Offline


Registered: 04/13/13
Posts: 4343
Loc: FL, USA
What grade does it call for? If its 5w30 then PP 5w30 is a good option. No need for German Castrol, its almost a 40 weight at operating temp. Sure its a good oil, but not good for your application.
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#3102850 - 08/22/13 06:04 PM Re: The Best synthetic motor oil - 2013 Nissan Maxima [Re: AaronE]
Dwight_Frye Offline


Registered: 09/05/09
Posts: 127
Loc: California
That's the VQ engine correct ? They are hard on oil and run hot. If you can find 05-W30 which is probably what your manual suggests Pennzoil Ultra you would be well served.

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#3102856 - 08/22/13 06:10 PM Re: The Best synthetic motor oil - 2013 Nissan Maxima [Re: AaronE]
Falken Offline


Registered: 07/30/12
Posts: 2426
Loc: Montreal, QC, Canada
^+2 on the Pennzoil Ultra 5W30.

If you can't find it for a good price I would go for Quaker State Ultimate Durability 5W30.
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