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#3025687 - 06/07/13 10:11 AM Nissan VQ35 Owners
Grambo Offline


Registered: 09/29/10
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Loc: NY
To my fellow Nissan owners that have the VQ35 what oil does your engine like?

Grambo
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#3025705 - 06/07/13 10:28 AM Re: Nissan VQ35 Owners [Re: Grambo]
michaelluscher Offline


Registered: 10/07/12
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I'd love to opinionate, but I'm stuck on the VG33E.
The only common ground is the [censored] ignition system problems.
Nissans main weak spot.

But mine seems to like PYB.
Didn't like Mobil 1.
GTX was just Meh.
Gonna give PP or PU next time 'round.


Edited by michaelluscher (06/07/13 10:39 AM)
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#3025712 - 06/07/13 10:34 AM Re: Nissan VQ35 Owners [Re: Grambo]
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40 weights seem to be the favotite on the 350Z sites.
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#3025715 - 06/07/13 10:36 AM Re: Nissan VQ35 Owners [Re: Grambo]
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I use PP 5w-30 in my Murano. 7500 miles OCI.


Edited by Corvette Owner (06/07/13 10:37 AM)
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#3025720 - 06/07/13 10:45 AM Re: Nissan VQ35 Owners [Re: Grambo]
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My parents have two VQ35 cars: a G35 (VQ35DE) and an EX35 (VQ35HR). Both are not picky about the oil and have seen a diet of either Mobil 1 5w30 or Pennzoil Platinum 5w30 every 5k The G35 has about 90k on the clock, the EX35 has about 25k.

Previously they had an I30t (VQ30DE) and it also got the same Mobil 1 5w30 regimen every 5k.



If you are tracking the car, it's a different story. Some of the early VQ35HR motors were big oil drinkers too.
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#3025725 - 06/07/13 10:50 AM Re: Nissan VQ35 Owners [Re: Grambo]
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I'm not a Nissan owner- but there used to be a general consensus (and UOA's to back it up) that despite their overall wonderfulness the Nissan VQ and VG V6 engines (and in fact most Nissan engines) were really rough on oil for some reason, and the tendency of Nissan to use small capacity sumps made it worse.
I hate the search engine on this site and don't really want to fight with it to get examples, but if you're interested yourself I would recommend you search the UOA forum for Nissan oil analyses and ensuing discussions. Synthetics with high shear stability and high temperature tolerance (and low NOACK) would probably be a good place to start... and right now that set of requirements pretty much shouts "Pennzoil Ultra" if you want to stay with a common off-the-shelf oil.

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#3025792 - 06/07/13 11:34 AM Re: Nissan VQ35 Owners [Re: Grambo]
Maxima97 Offline


Registered: 02/11/12
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Loc: WA - Washington
My VQ3.0 likes 5W30 synthetic oil. Previous owner used dino oil and left a coat of golden varnish. I have used PU and M1EP to clean it. I am currently using Valvoline Maxlife 5W-30 to keep the engine happy.


Edited by Maxima97 (06/07/13 11:34 AM)
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#3025828 - 06/07/13 12:26 PM Re: Nissan VQ35 Owners [Re: Grambo]
randomhero439 Offline


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My friend has a Nissan Altima SE-R (VQ35DE) and he uses Amsoil Signature about ever 2-4k miles
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#3025831 - 06/07/13 12:35 PM Re: Nissan VQ35 Owners [Re: Grambo]
gizzsdad Offline


Registered: 03/30/05
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My 2010 Max has seen a steady diet of mostly PP and QSUD in 5W-30. Can't tell much difference between them. Only occasionally add a 1/4 qt during a 4-5K OCI.

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#3025952 - 06/07/13 02:19 PM Re: Nissan VQ35 Owners [Re: Grambo]
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Registered: 01/12/05
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I like Ultra 5W-30 in mine. Currently have M1 0W-40 in it. Trying to see if the thicker oil will cut some of the consumption.

I don't think it's all that picky. I didn't really like conventional NextGen in it though. It didn't "feel" right.
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#3025954 - 06/07/13 02:20 PM Re: Nissan VQ35 Owners [Re: randomhero439]
asiancivicmaniac Offline


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Originally Posted By: randomhero439
My friend has a Nissan Altima SE-R (VQ35DE) and he uses Amsoil Signature about ever 2-4k miles


Not that it's any of my business, but that seems awful early.
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#3025962 - 06/07/13 02:25 PM Re: Nissan VQ35 Owners [Re: asiancivicmaniac]
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Originally Posted By: asiancivicmaniac
Originally Posted By: randomhero439
My friend has a Nissan Altima SE-R (VQ35DE) and he uses Amsoil Signature about ever 2-4k miles


Not that it's any of my business, but that seems awful early.


Yeah its a little crazy how early it gets changed. We did a UOA on Ultra 10w-30, which will be posted in the next day or so.
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#3026235 - 06/07/13 06:32 PM Re: Nissan VQ35 Owners [Re: Grambo]
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I have a stroked version in my truck, VQ40DE. I'm not entirely convinced that these engines are as hard on oil as people think. I'm wondering if it has more to do with the type of cars these are in and the way those cars are driven?

One of the best UOAs I've ever seen was a VQ40DE on dino. It looked wonderful at a crazy long OCI.

I haven't done UOA on my truck, but it's been fed a diet of various syns and dinos at 5,000 mile OCIs over the last 60,000 miles and its clean as new inside.
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#3026263 - 06/07/13 07:04 PM Re: Nissan VQ35 Owners [Re: Grambo]
Trav Offline


Registered: 11/20/06
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Mobil 1 0w40. Its noticeably smoother, quieter and uses less oil.
UOA's with this oil show low wear numbers in these engines.
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#3026265 - 06/07/13 07:05 PM Re: Nissan VQ35 Owners [Re: K20FA5]
dparm Offline


Registered: 04/19/10
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Loc: Chicago, IL
Originally Posted By: K20FA5
I have a stroked version in my truck, VQ40DE. I'm not entirely convinced that these engines are as hard on oil as people think. I'm wondering if it has more to do with the type of cars these are in and the way those cars are driven?

One of the best UOAs I've ever seen was a VQ40DE on dino. It looked wonderful at a crazy long OCI.

I haven't done UOA on my truck, but it's been fed a diet of various syns and dinos at 5,000 mile OCIs over the last 60,000 miles and its clean as new inside.



The VQ35 isn't too bad. A small percentage of VQ35HRs had oil consumption issues, but that was about it.

It's the VQ37VHR that is hard on the oil. I think Garak or one of the other long-time members posted UOAs showing how it absolutely annihilated most OTS synthetics.
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