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5W-30 for longer engine life? #4443119
06/27/17 07:38 PM
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Recently purchased a new 2017 Elantra SE Value Edition. I plan to keep this care very long term...10-12 years or so. I drive about 12,000 a yearly, mainly in the suburbs of Central NJ. Hyundai calls for EITHER 5W-20 or 5W-30 in owner's manual. Although the oil change is mark 5W-20. Would using a 5W-30 oil be a better choice if I plan to keep the car 10-12 years. Or is the difference so minimal that it would not make a difference. I am in NJ, so we have 4 seasons.

Thanks

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2017 Hyundai Elantra SE Value Edition
Purchased new with 10 miles
Re: 5W-30 for longer engine life [Re: flinter] #4443121
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While I prefer a 30 wt compared to a 20 wt because it has a greater safety margin. There would be probably no difference in life of the engine. Countless engines are turning over 200,000 + miles running 20 wts.


2015 Ford F150 2.7
2018 Ford F350 6.2
Re: 5W-30 for longer engine life [Re: CT8] #4443123
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Originally Posted By: CT8
While I prefer a 30 wt compared to a 20 wt because it has a greater safety margin. There would be probably no difference in life of the engine. Countless engines are turning over 200,000 + miles running 20 wts.


Like my Fusion. I use 0-20 and my engines perform very well.


2007 Ford Fusion 239,000 miles
M1 0-20 EP
2017 Ford Fusion 65K
M1 0-20 EP
10,000 mile OCIs on both engines
M1 ATF and Valvoline LV
M1 10-30 in all OPE
MC filters

Re: 5W-30 for longer engine life [Re: flinter] #4443126
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I would stick with the 5w20 until the motor is broken in.

Re: 5W-30 for longer engine life [Re: tig1] #4443130
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Originally Posted By: tig1
Originally Posted By: CT8
While I prefer a 30 wt compared to a 20 wt because it has a greater safety margin. There would be probably no difference in life of the engine. Countless engines are turning over 200,000 + miles running 20 wts.


Like my Fusion. I use 0-20 and my engines perform very well.
As a matter of fact yes with 10,000 mile oil changes and they look great under the valve cover !


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Re: 5W-30 for longer engine life [Re: flinter] #4443138
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If I were to go up in weight for engine longevity I would use a euro 0w40


2011 Prius 96k miles RLI 5w20
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Re: 5W-30 for longer engine life [Re: flinter] #4443140
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Run the 5W-20 during the winter and 5W-30 in the winter. Likely not going to make a big difference. 5W-20 is better for the shorter trips.

Re: 5W-30 for longer engine life [Re: flinter] #4443150
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Whatever you use, the engine will outlast the body.

Re: 5W-30 for longer engine life? [Re: flinter] #4443158
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If I did not have 5w-30 I need to use up I would have used 5w-20 in my Elantra.

I think tig1 has the answer. A friend bought a new Lexus and the oil change interval is 10,000 miles or 1 year with 0w-20.

Hopefully our engine will not have the problems like the Theta II in the Sonata's.

Oh, and I bought my car with 9 miles on the odometer. I beat you by that much! grin


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Re: 5W-30 for longer engine life? [Re: flinter] #4443174
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It likely isn't going to make that big of a difference.

Since the owner's manual allows for 5w30, that's what I use in my Sonata. It won't get 5w20 ever, I just don't see the point since the owner's manual allows for a thicker oil. It also recommends the lighter oil for fuel economy, which I don't care about.

So basically it gives me that warm fuzzy feeling.


2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L 92k STP Synthetic HM 10w30 & Wix
2000 Toyota Camry 2.2L 233k Mobil Super HM 10w40 & Fram Ultra
1996 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L 148k Mobil 1 HM 10w40 & Fram Ultra
Re: 5W-30 for longer engine life? [Re: flinter] #4443204
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5w-30 since you have a choice in the owner's manual. No brainer....


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'02 4Runner 230K
'05 Lex LS430 85K
'07 Lex GX470 65K
Amsoil in last two.
Schaeffer in the first two.

Re: 5W-30 for longer engine life? [Re: flinter] #4443222
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Use whatever you want. 5w20 one change and 5w30 the next or use only 5w20...or only 5w30. No difference. Go to autozone during their oil sale and stock up on both. Thats what I do.


2007 Corolla Red Pearl 155k miles
PP 0w20 & ST 4967

Re: 5W-30 for longer engine life? [Re: flinter] #4443225
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I would run the 5w-30


2010 Ford Fusion SE 3.0L V6, 181 miles M1 HM 10w-30
Re: 5W-30 for longer engine life? [Re: flinter] #4443243
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for the long haul especially a GDI 0/40 for sure..Castrol 0/40 is a monster compared to these ILSAC & API W30's.

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Re: 5W-30 for longer engine life? [Re: flinter] #4443270
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My vote is for 5w30 but I don't think it's any better or worse for the longevity of this car


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