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Recommend Oil For 2012 Nissan Frontier #3919088
11/15/15 11:25 PM
11/15/15 11:25 PM
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New Jersey
JettyLife Offline OP
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Hey everyone, sold my car and got back into a Nissan Frontier.
This time around it's a 2012 V6, automatic trans 4x4. The first time I had a 2010 Frontier I went to quick lube places and didn't pay much attention to the maintenance of the truck. This time around I'm older, wiser, and more active in the maintenance of my vehicle.

Nissan recommends 5w30 and a Nissan genuine filter or equivalent.

Driving:
I live in southern NJ. I live .9 miles from work and live in a small town. I do a lot of small trips throughout the week with a lot of cold starts. I try to do a longer drive (30-40 minutes) once a week or so. I drive about 7k miles a year.
The weather is mild throughout most of the year but can get down to 0*F in the winter occasionally and over 100*F in the summer.
I'm not too concerned with lengthy oil change intervals because I do the changes myself and I really don't do that many miles.

I need help choosing what oil to run, what filter, and when to change.

After doing some reasearch I'm leaning towards a Castrol product (not sure which one yet) full synthetic with oil changes in November and March. Not going by mileage necessarily.

Any advice for me?


2012 Nissan Frontier - 58k miles - Castrol Edge 5w30
2015 Honda Fit - 42k miles - M1 EP 0w20
Re: Recommend Oil For 2012 Nissan Frontier [Re: JettyLife] #3919092
11/15/15 11:33 PM
11/15/15 11:33 PM
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Since you're not dropping below zero in the Winter, I don't think you need 5W-30.

As far as the filter goes, see if a Fram XG is available for your truck.

Re: Recommend Oil For 2012 Nissan Frontier [Re: JettyLife] #3919093
11/15/15 11:36 PM
11/15/15 11:36 PM
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given the short trips and primarily single occupancy, I'd use any conventional motor oil and change it every 5K or so.

You can go fancy with all sorts of syns, but frankly, I don't see such need.

of course, it's your mullah so it's up to you.

Q.


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Re: Recommend Oil For 2012 Nissan Frontier [Re: Quest] #3919106
11/16/15 12:19 AM
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I came here a few months ago with the same issues...a short tripper car, 8K per year, northeast winters down to 0-20 deg F, all to see if I could do it better.

I came up with sticking with 2 oil changes per year. At only 3500 miles per oil change you can use most any decent brand conventional oil or even a synthetic. The synthetics on sale a couple of times per year will still only cost you $3 quart or less if you do it yourself. Lots of good choices in the $2-$4/quart range. Paper oil filters seem to be under attack for tearing and other issues. Paying $2-$3 extra for a Fram ultra guard synthetic filter ($8-$9 before $2 rebates) makes sense to me. I can afford the extra $6 per year for peace of mind.

With a 2X per year interval you almost can't go wrong with whatever oil/filter combo you choose. I would consider your frequent 0.9 miles trips to be severe duty, especially in winter. What has your oil life monitor been at on your previous oil changes with the 2010 Frontier? What happened to that where you sold it fairly soon?


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2001 Lincoln Cont 4.6L DOHC/ 39K mi / QS HM 5w30 / FUG XG2
1999 Camaro SS M6 /19K /Mobil 1 0w40 /Fram UG /GM MTL-ATF
1969 Ply GTX/RRs
Re: Recommend Oil For 2012 Nissan Frontier [Re: JettyLife] #3919108
11/16/15 12:22 AM
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They do make a Fram Ultra for your truck, XG7317.
I'd run the Ultra and some Castrol Edge 5W30 and change it every 5k. Wouldnt hurt to get an oil analysis either


2006 2500 Dodge 5.9 Cummins Mobil Delvac 15W40, Fleetguard Stratapore 90k miles
Early '99 F250 ECLB 7.3 Stroker, 223k miles
Re: Recommend Oil For 2012 Nissan Frontier [Re: JettyLife] #3919119
11/16/15 01:02 AM
11/16/15 01:02 AM
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Fram TG and 5w-30 syn ST from wally world. Change once every year.

Re: Recommend Oil For 2012 Nissan Frontier [Re: holdorf333] #3919123
11/16/15 01:28 AM
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Originally Posted By: holdorf333
Fram TG XG and 5w-30 10W-30 syn ST from wally world. Change once every year.


You almost had it. grin2

Re: Recommend Oil For 2012 Nissan Frontier [Re: JettyLife] #3919152
11/16/15 03:45 AM
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Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
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If you want a thicker oil, there are thicker options that aren't a silly ILSAC 10w-30. If you're looking to follow warranty requirements, note that they call for an SM or newer 5w-30, not even an SM/GF-4 or newer 5w-30.


Plain, simple Garak.

2008 Infiniti G37 - Shell ROTELLA T6 Multi-Vehicle 5w-30, NAPA Gold 7356
1984 F-150 4.9L - Quaker State GB 10w-30, Wix 51515
Re: Recommend Oil For 2012 Nissan Frontier [Re: JettyLife] #3919229
11/16/15 07:14 AM
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Mid-West, USA
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Short trips in the cold without proper warm up potentially cause varnish and sludge. This is especially true with dino oils. That being said, I would recommend a good synthetic oil. I personally like Pennzoil Ultra Platinum 5w30 or Pennzoil Platinum 5w30 in my Nissan Xterra. (Same VQ40 as you have) I like Fram Ultra XG7317 and Wix 57356 filters. I currently use the Wix filters because I do 5k OCI's and don't need the more expensive Fram filter. But, I would use them if I didn't have a stash of Wix filters.


2012 Nissan Xterra
2014 Subaru Forester
PENNZOIL PLATINUM


Re: Recommend Oil For 2012 Nissan Frontier [Re: Garak] #3919236
11/16/15 07:31 AM
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Originally Posted By: Garak
If you want a thicker oil, there are thicker options that aren't a silly ILSAC 10w-30. If you're looking to follow warranty requirements, note that they call for an SM or newer 5w-30, not even an SM/GF-4 or newer 5w-30.


Wants a Castrol product.

Spec'd 30 grade..

7k a year...

Edge 0w-30 or 5w-30 with a decent filter, change it every spring. Fram TG or Ultra or decent napa/wix.

Re: Recommend Oil For 2012 Nissan Frontier [Re: JettyLife] #3919257
11/16/15 07:57 AM
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I have that same truck and plan on sticking to the schedule 1 OCI (3750mi) while in the factory warranty.

I think a good dino oil would be sufficient for your application. I like PYB.


2012 Nissan Frontier V6 CC.
PP 5W-30, FRAM XG7317
Re: Recommend Oil For 2012 Nissan Frontier [Re: JettyLife] #3919453
11/16/15 11:07 AM
11/16/15 11:07 AM
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New Jersey
JettyLife Offline OP
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I will for sure get a Blackstone Labs UOA after my first change. I've got a few kits laying around.
The reason I'm leaning towards Castrol is because I bought the car from Carsense and they have an engine life guarantee if you use Castrol products for the life of the engine. Now, I don't expect to have any issues (these engines do have occasional timing chain whine) but other than that they're pretty robust. I figure "why not" if they're going to cover the engine forever for me to use Castrol I might as well.
On second thought... it'll probably be near impossible to get them to cover any catastrophic damage if I do the changes myself anyway.

I'm surprised to hear people recommend Fram filters as I thought people in the know used the F.R.A.M as an acronym for something negative. I'll give them a try though.

Do you guys think the full synthetic will help combat sludge build up from my short trips?

How long do you think it would take for the engine oil to reach proper temperature in the 4.0L V6 VQ40? I can go "the long way" to work is needed, I'd rather spare the engine some damage if I can.


2012 Nissan Frontier - 58k miles - Castrol Edge 5w30
2015 Honda Fit - 42k miles - M1 EP 0w20
Re: Recommend Oil For 2012 Nissan Frontier [Re: JettyLife] #3919484
11/16/15 11:50 AM
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There are several Castrol 5w-30 grades, depending upon your location, ILSAC and otherwise.

05LGTLtd: The point I was trying to make is that some poo-poo 5w-30 and talk about 10w-30 as being thicker or more appropriate, without even considering what 5w-30 options are available or acceptable under Nissan/Infiniti manuals, particularly if one is stuck on a synthetic Castrol product.


Plain, simple Garak.

2008 Infiniti G37 - Shell ROTELLA T6 Multi-Vehicle 5w-30, NAPA Gold 7356
1984 F-150 4.9L - Quaker State GB 10w-30, Wix 51515
Re: Recommend Oil For 2012 Nissan Frontier [Re: Garak] #3919495
11/16/15 11:59 AM
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Originally Posted By: Garak
There are several Castrol 5w-30 grades, depending upon your location, ILSAC and otherwise.

05LGTLtd: The point I was trying to make is that some poo-poo 5w-30 and talk about 10w-30 as being thicker or more appropriate, without even considering what 5w-30 options are available or acceptable under Nissan/Infiniti manuals, particularly if one is stuck on a synthetic Castrol product.


Point I was making (not directly) is the HTHS on the edge 0w30 is better than most 10w-30's. It's all good.

Re: Recommend Oil For 2012 Nissan Frontier [Re: JettyLife] #3919496
11/16/15 12:01 PM
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If it were my vehicle and I was going to use Castrol products, I'd use Castrol 0w-30 with a Fram Ultra filter and change it once a year. However it sounds like you want to change it twice a year, so you can just use conventional oil and be fine.

If you're dead set on using Castrol, then use their conventional GTX. But if you decide to use other oils, than any name brand oil should be fine (Mobil, Pennzoil, Valvoline, Havoline, Kendall, Super Tech, etc.).

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