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#4441275 - 06/25/17 04:32 PM 0w20 OR 5W30: nissan maxima 2017

Registered: 06/25/17
Posts: 1
Loc: SA
Hi , I have a Nissan maxima 2017- 3.5L engine. [About 6000 km on odo]

The manual recommends SAE-0W20,

I live in a Middle East Saudi Arabia - VERY HIGH TEMPERATURES!
Sometimes peaks upto 40 deg C (104 deg F) in July. Never cold here, the minimum morning temperatures are like 20 deg C (68 def F)

Driving style here is City 60%: Speed ​​is between 40-60 KM ~ highway 40:% Speed ​​is between 90-110KM

On an additional note - it takes me about 3-4 months to do 5000km,

I was specifically looking out for
-Which oil is good for ME (0W20 OR 5W30)

Options are available 5W30 :

1- shell helix 5w30 :

2- PETROMIN A1 5W30 :


4- MOBIL 1 5W30 :

5- motorcraft 5w30


Options are available 0W20 :

acdelco 0W20

#4441285 - 06/25/17 04:53 PM Re: 0w20 OR 5W30: nissan maxima 2017 [Re: SDANGERS]
Jimzz Online   happy

Registered: 10/03/14
Posts: 1148
Loc: NoVA
If it was my car I would run a 5w30 synthetic. Your owners manual says this is ok so no worry about warranty issues.
I use which ever oil is the cheapest that meets SN spec.

#4441287 - 06/25/17 04:56 PM Re: 0w20 OR 5W30: nissan maxima 2017 [Re: SDANGERS]
turnbowm Online   content

Registered: 05/14/15
Posts: 154
Loc: So. Calif.
Shell Helix Ultra 5W-30 would be my call. I like the GTL (Pure Plus) technology.
2015 Kia Optima EX 2.4L GDI
2015 Chevy Volt

#4441292 - 06/25/17 05:04 PM Re: 0w20 OR 5W30: nissan maxima 2017 [Re: SDANGERS]
GMBoy Offline

Registered: 11/22/04
Posts: 7705
Loc: Texas
I would definitely run a 5w/30 or even 10w/30 and you are allowed to by Nissan. My first choice would be whatever synthetic you can get easy and at a good price. I would prefer Mobil 1 followed by the Shell Helix.

#4441302 - 06/25/17 05:22 PM Re: 0w20 OR 5W30: nissan maxima 2017 [Re: SDANGERS]
E150GT Offline

Registered: 03/11/12
Posts: 1109
Loc: San Antonio, TX
I just switched to 5w30 in Mazda that Calls for 0w20. It gets pretty hot here in South Texas. I mostly changed to keep one grade in my garage at all times but my car didn't notice a difference.
1984 Mercedes-Benz 300SD - 100k
1995 F150 XL 4.9 reg cab 5MT - 250k 5w30
2016 Mazda6 Touring 6MT - 56k 10w30

#4441313 - 06/25/17 05:31 PM Re: 0w20 OR 5W30: nissan maxima 2017 [Re: SDANGERS]
SilverFusion2010 Offline

Registered: 06/29/11
Posts: 1663
Loc: Crawfordville FL
The Shell 5w30 or any SN 10w-30 you can find
2010 Ford Fusion SE 3.0L V6, 178k miles M1 HM 10w-30

#4441317 - 06/25/17 05:36 PM Re: 0w20 OR 5W30: nissan maxima 2017 [Re: SDANGERS]
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Registered: 07/07/15
Posts: 4471
Loc: Down Under
Your climate sounds similar to mine, and if that was my car I would run a full synthetic 5W30. All the oils you listed look good, but if it was me and the price was much the same, my pick would be either the Shell Helix Ultra 5W30 or the Mobil 1 5W30.

Enjoy your car.
Penrite Vantage 10W40 SN & A3/B4 + Wesfil-Cooper Z154

#4441325 - 06/25/17 05:41 PM Re: 0w20 OR 5W30: nissan maxima 2017 [Re: SDANGERS]
NormanBuntz Offline

Registered: 07/27/13
Posts: 2130
Loc: Outer Banks, NC
My wife's M35 has a very similar engine and it specs 5w-30 with an SL rating. I vote for the Shell Helix. Wish they sold it in the USA.
2017 Honda Odyssey SE, 14K
2013 Honda Accord LX, 58K
2007 Honda Ridgeline RTS, 86K
2007 Infiniti M35, 104K

#4441336 - 06/25/17 05:55 PM Re: 0w20 OR 5W30: nissan maxima 2017 [Re: SDANGERS]
umungus1122 Offline

Registered: 02/12/08
Posts: 1063
Loc: PA
If you're using a full syn, I'd go with a 10w-30, or if a mineral- 15w-40.
'95 Chevy 1/2t 305 205k -DuraBlend 5w-20, Puro Gold filter
'89 Jeep Comanche 4.0 278k - GC 0w-30, Bosch LongLife filter

#4441355 - 06/25/17 06:10 PM Re: 0w20 OR 5W30: nissan maxima 2017 [Re: SDANGERS]
FlyNavyP3 Offline

Registered: 07/04/16
Posts: 1407
Loc: Jacksonville, FL
In your climate I would run Shell Helix Ultra 10w30 if it's available. If that's not available I would use Shell Helix Ultra 5w30.
P-3C and P-8A Maritime Weapons and Tactics Instructor, Instructor Tactical Coordinator and Mission Commander

#4441421 - 06/25/17 07:25 PM Re: 0w20 OR 5W30: nissan maxima 2017 [Re: SDANGERS]
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Registered: 09/25/09
Posts: 15719
Loc: OH
The 0W-20 grade in your climate makes about as much sense as the 20W-50 grade does in Siberia.
Any 10W-30 syn would be a good pick for you.
17 Forester 12K MSS 0W-20
12 Accord LX 86K PP 5W-20
09 Forester 95K M1HM 10W-30
01 Focus ZX3 118K PP 5W-20
96 Accord LX 104K T5 10W-30
95 318i

#4441422 - 06/25/17 07:27 PM Re: 0w20 OR 5W30: nissan maxima 2017 [Re: SDANGERS]
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Registered: 11/14/10
Posts: 2806
Loc: California
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#4441425 - 06/25/17 07:29 PM Re: 0w20 OR 5W30: nissan maxima 2017 [Re: SDANGERS]
aquariuscsm Offline

Registered: 12/30/06
Posts: 18178
Loc: Dallas,Tx USA
SA=South Africa? I was thinking San Antonio,Tx at first until I saw the pictures of your oil choices and the oil chart in your owners manual. I wonder if the North American manual only lists 0W20 as an option,like my Accord's manual? Running around here in the south Texas heat,Pennzoil Platinum 0W20 runs smooth as silk in my Accord. But,it is a 4 cyl,and I know from experience (gf's Probe) that a thick oil will bog down a 4 cyl engine.
1996 Nissan 300ZX 5-speed,Arctic Pearl(#175 of 300)
Quaker State Ultimate Durability 10W30
2012 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L 2.4,auto,San Marino Red
Pennzoil Platinum 0W20

#4441450 - 06/25/17 08:16 PM Re: 0w20 OR 5W30: nissan maxima 2017 [Re: SDANGERS]
oil_film_movies Offline

Registered: 06/13/16
Posts: 2569
Loc: MN
Shell Helix 5w30 you pictured is an SL oil, not SN as Nissan requires usually. Also, is A3/B4, which means it has an HTHS of about 3.5, way more than the minimum HTHS 2.6 a 0w20 could give you. That said, I say pick any dexos1 oil, full synthetic, since its HTHS is a more suitable 3.0 for that engine in a hot climate. The dexos1 standard is more than enough for Nissan's warranty requirements.

Any more HTHS than 3.0 is a waste, not needed at all. So dexos1 5w30, any full synthetic with that, is the one to get.

#4441471 - 06/25/17 08:56 PM Re: 0w20 OR 5W30: nissan maxima 2017 [Re: SDANGERS]
Garak Offline

Registered: 12/05/09
Posts: 24620
Loc: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
You could also run a C3 type 5w-30, since that's within the warranty requirements, or an E6 5w-30 if you can find one in your location.
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

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