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#4528237 - 09/28/17 08:50 AM What's a good oil for my old beast?
The_Sock_Monkey Offline


Registered: 03/24/16
Posts: 12
Loc: NC, USA
I have a 2001 Dodge Durango with a 5.9l V8 which I have not driven regularly in a long time (mostly been sitting in my yard until about 5 months ago getting old), but have recently gotten back on the road as my sort of daily/road trip truck to help keep miles off the pretty car. Anyway, it has just passed 200k miles. It generally runs really well and I'd like it to keep doing that. It's got new wires and plugs and water pump and brakes and shocks and well, like half the truck is new. It has 32" tires on stock 17" aluminum wheels so they're a bit heavier than the stock tires. Basically, I drive it 20 miles to work and back 4 days a week and it goes on vacations with me to the mountains or wherever, if we need the room or the trailer hitch. The route to work is sort of about 40-50 mph.. very few stops until I get downtown, then it's stoplight to stoplight for a couple miles. So... sort of all purpose miles, I guess. The owner's manual just says to use API Certified 10W-30... no extra letters or anything. It says I can use synthetic or not. So thanks for any thoughts you might have. I'm probably leaning towards just using Pennzoil Platinum, which is what I use in my car, but... figured I'd come here and see what you all think. Thanks!

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#4528246 - 09/28/17 08:57 AM Re: What's a good oil for my old beast? [Re: The_Sock_Monkey]
Danno Offline


Registered: 10/07/12
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Loc: Northern Ontario, Canada
PYB 10W-30.
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#4528249 - 09/28/17 08:58 AM Re: What's a good oil for my old beast? [Re: The_Sock_Monkey]
fenixguy Offline


Registered: 02/08/17
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Loc: NC
Pennzoil Platinum is a fine choice if that's what you're leaning towards. Maybe try the high mileage.
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#4528258 - 09/28/17 09:12 AM Re: What's a good oil for my old beast? [Re: The_Sock_Monkey]
Tdbo Offline


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I'd use whatever API certified 10W30 is on sale or value priced (your choice) and call it a day.
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#4528262 - 09/28/17 09:16 AM Re: What's a good oil for my old beast? [Re: The_Sock_Monkey]
CT8 Offline


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Any major brand oil will serve you well.
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#4528266 - 09/28/17 09:18 AM Re: What's a good oil for my old beast? [Re: The_Sock_Monkey]
mbacfp Offline


Registered: 09/02/15
Posts: 858
Loc: California
Great to hear the mileage you have on that. Is the transmission original? I have a 2003 RT 5.9l. Love it more than I would have ever thought. Bought mine used with 89,000 miles. Been using Pennzoil Platinum 10w 30 with 1 year OCIs. Great truck.
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#4528276 - 09/28/17 09:27 AM Re: What's a good oil for my old beast? [Re: The_Sock_Monkey]
The_Sock_Monkey Offline


Registered: 03/24/16
Posts: 12
Loc: NC, USA
As far as I know, it is the original 46RE, yes. Transmission has been good for the 100k I've had it. Overall, the truck has been really good, actually. I drove it from about 2007 until about 2014 daily... then I parked it for awhile when I got a '12 Charger, which I later traded in for a new '16 Charger, but the old beastie was sitting there looking forlorn and I was racking up miles on the new car and I thought why not get the truck back on the road and let the car be the garage queen / fun / sunny day car? So I spent some time getting it back in order and been driving it almost daily for the past several months again. No issues at all and while it's not as fun as the Charger in the same way... it is still pretty cool.


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#4528291 - 09/28/17 10:00 AM Re: What's a good oil for my old beast? [Re: The_Sock_Monkey]
dogememe Offline


Registered: 04/15/17
Posts: 720
Loc: SF BAY AREA, CA
I'm not a Dodge guy but I do have to say the Durango with the 5.9L is a beast. I know somebody who bought one that was ex forest service vehicle and he has tons of miles of off-roading beating on it, and that thing has plenty of power and never let him down. If it was mine I'd simply do whatever synthetic oil is on special whenever it's time for you to change your oil and use a quality filter like Wix or Mopar, and change it every 5-7K.
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#4528295 - 09/28/17 10:02 AM Re: What's a good oil for my old beast? [Re: The_Sock_Monkey]
mbacfp Offline


Registered: 09/02/15
Posts: 858
Loc: California
Awesome. Our Durango is our camping car we flat tow behind motorhome. I drive it once a week to work. Had a few repairs shortly after purchase...small evap leak, an O2 sensor, BCM computer module replaced, and front air conditioner blower and resister replaced. Other than that, truck is really great for us. Glad to see yours is going strong. Thanks for sharing.


Edited by mbacfp (09/28/17 10:04 AM)
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#4528298 - 09/28/17 10:03 AM Re: What's a good oil for my old beast? [Re: dogememe]
JohnnyJohnson Offline


Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 2910
Loc: Wet side WA
Originally Posted By: dogememe
I'm not a Dodge guy but I do have to say the Durango with the 5.9L is a beast. I know somebody who bought one that was ex forest service vehicle and he has tons of miles of off-roading beating on it, and that thing has plenty of power and never let him down. If it was mine I'd simply do whatever synthetic oil is on special whenever it's time for you to change your oil and use a quality filter like Wix or Mopar, and change it every 5-7K.


This!
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#4528299 - 09/28/17 10:03 AM Re: What's a good oil for my old beast? [Re: Tdbo]
mclasser Offline


Registered: 04/13/13
Posts: 2260
Loc: The Northeast
That's a good looking truck right there!

Originally Posted By: Tdbo
I'd use whatever API certified 10W30 is on sale or value priced (your choice) and call it a day.

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#4528302 - 09/28/17 10:05 AM Re: What's a good oil for my old beast? [Re: Danno]
Bgallagher Offline


Registered: 04/17/12
Posts: 3159
Loc: Boston, MA
Originally Posted By: Danno
PYB 10W-30.


+1
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#4528305 - 09/28/17 10:09 AM Re: What's a good oil for my old beast? [Re: mbacfp]
The_Sock_Monkey Offline


Registered: 03/24/16
Posts: 12
Loc: NC, USA
Originally Posted By: mbacfp
Awesome. Our Durango is our camping car we flat tow behind motorhome. I drive it once a week to work. Had a few repairs shortly after purchase...small evap leak, an O2 sensor, BCM computer module replaced, and front air conditioner blower and resister replaced. Other than that, truck is really great for us. Glad to see yours is going strong. Thanks for sharing.


Super cool! We call ours "Adventure Truck" Handled the mountain twisties much better than any 4600 pound truck has a right to.

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#4528306 - 09/28/17 10:10 AM Re: What's a good oil for my old beast? [Re: The_Sock_Monkey]
The_Sock_Monkey Offline


Registered: 03/24/16
Posts: 12
Loc: NC, USA
Back to the topic at hand... what actually is the difference in the "high mileage" oils? Should I use that, or is it just marketing hype?

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#4528311 - 09/28/17 10:13 AM Re: What's a good oil for my old beast? [Re: Tdbo]
jeepman3071 Offline


Registered: 04/15/10
Posts: 4316
Loc: Storrs, Connecticut
Originally Posted By: Tdbo
I'd use whatever API certified 10W30 is on sale or value priced (your choice) and call it a day.


+1

Also, more important on those is keeping the transmission fluid cool and clean. I'd do a drain and fill on the fluid and add a cooler if it doesn't already have one.
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