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#4555165 - 10/26/17 01:25 PM Best oil for my vehicle
jhammermil2008 Offline


Registered: 10/17/12
Posts: 11
Loc: Mississippi
Hello. Needing oil recommendations for my 1999 Honda Civic LX

1. 1999 Honda Civic LX D16y7 engine
2. Owners manual recommends 5w-30 or 10w-30 depending on weather conditions.
New Honda chart state's 5w-30 with 5w-20 being acceptable.
3. I live in Hattiesburg, MS
4. Driving is easy. Never above 3000 rpm's.
5. I drive short trips. About 10 miles per day for about 4-5 days per week.
6. Very minor oil leak. Not enough to notice much loss between oil changes. Does not use oil.

The car has about 225,000 miles. I've used 5w-30 since I've owned it with 180,000 miles. Not sure what was used before then. I'd like to keep this car as long as possible. I was curious to know your thoughts about 0w-20. The Honda charts state's 5w-30 with 5w-20 being acceptable. I wonder if I could use 0w-20? What do you think?

Thanks for you helps.

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#4555172 - 10/26/17 01:28 PM Re: Best oil for my vehicle [Re: jhammermil2008]
SatinSilver Offline


Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 10165
Loc: OH
On an older car like that I'd stick with 5w30. Since you mention an oil leak I'd go with some Valvoline Maxlife red bottle/jug. Also be sure to change the pcv valve with an oem unit if it hasn't been done lately.

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#4555173 - 10/26/17 01:29 PM Re: Best oil for my vehicle [Re: jhammermil2008]
zuluplus30 Offline


Registered: 11/23/13
Posts: 358
Loc: Fly-over country
Any HM 5w or 10w30 would be good here. May help slow your leak. 10w if it starts consuming. D16s can be run on 20w but Iíve always had good results with 30w on the D and B series Hondaís. MaxLife is a great oil for the price. Ditto on the PCV valve. Mine was filthy at 165k and all but ended my oil consumption on my Y8.


Edited by zuluplus30 (10/26/17 01:30 PM)

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#4555181 - 10/26/17 01:39 PM Re: Best oil for my vehicle [Re: jhammermil2008]
Dumc87 Offline


Registered: 06/05/10
Posts: 591
Loc: Florida
Check a local Advance Auto Parts for Pennzoil Yellow Bottle High Mileage 10w40. Got a few jugs for $3.15 and went on to read that it shears down to a thick 10w30.

Quaker State Defy should be on clearance too, but prices are random. Might be $.45 a quart, could be $6.97 lol
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#4555185 - 10/26/17 01:45 PM Re: Best oil for my vehicle [Re: SatinSilver]
mclasser Offline


Registered: 04/13/13
Posts: 2229
Loc: The Northeast
Originally Posted By: SatinSilver
On an older car like that I'd stick with 5w30. Since you mention an oil leak I'd go with some Valvoline Maxlife red bottle/jug. Also be sure to change the pcv valve with an oem unit if it hasn't been done lately.

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#4555187 - 10/26/17 01:45 PM Re: Best oil for my vehicle [Re: jhammermil2008]
shurguywutt Offline


Registered: 06/06/17
Posts: 109
Loc: FL, USA
I had a 6th gen 97 civic ex as my first car. Used to run dino 10w30 in it. The D16 is legendary when it comes to reliability. I would think you could easily get another 150k with proper maintenance and maybe some valvoline maxlife 5 or 10w 30, Id recommend the silver bottle red cap full synthetic 5w30 maxlife because of your short commutes. Your real problem will be rust and corrosion on the body so make sure you keep it clean and waxed. Touchup and repair any rust asap.


Edited by shurguywutt (10/26/17 01:49 PM)
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#4555196 - 10/26/17 01:58 PM Re: Best oil for my vehicle [Re: jhammermil2008]
Chris142 Offline


Registered: 06/05/03
Posts: 16820
Loc: Deplorable in apple valley, ca
I want to know how you never go over 3000 rpm in that car?
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#4555197 - 10/26/17 01:58 PM Re: Best oil for my vehicle [Re: jhammermil2008]
BrocLuno Offline


Registered: 09/06/15
Posts: 5518
Loc: Kalifornia Kollective
That many miles, I would not be looking at a 20 ... Clearances have opened up some with wear, so stay 30, or maybe even go 40 if it is noisy at all ...

Maxlife red bottle is good on higher mileage engines like yours smile
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#4555202 - 10/26/17 02:08 PM Re: Best oil for my vehicle [Re: Chris142]
jhammermil2008 Offline


Registered: 10/17/12
Posts: 11
Loc: Mississippi
Originally Posted By: Chris142
I want to know how you never go over 3000 rpm in that car?


Ok, perhaps I may have gone over 3000 rpm a few times, but very rarely. Just trying to preserve engine life.

Originally Posted By: BrocLuno
That many miles, I would not be looking at a 20 ... Clearances have opened up some with wear, so stay 30, or maybe even go 40 if it is noisy at all ...

Maxlife red bottle is good on higher mileage engines like yours smile


Wouldn't a 40 weight be too thick for engine start up and thus shorten engine life?



Thanks for the suggestions thus far. I see the consensus is not to use 20 weight oil. I wonder why Honda would allow a 20 weight oil in their older vehicles?

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#4555210 - 10/26/17 02:20 PM Re: Best oil for my vehicle [Re: jhammermil2008]
Kuato Offline


Registered: 10/23/05
Posts: 7094
Loc: Colorado
Because they are trying to raise fuel economy a small amount on all vehicles, new and old.

I agree with a 10w30, especially in MS where it never really gets cold.
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#4555222 - 10/26/17 02:43 PM Re: Best oil for my vehicle [Re: jhammermil2008]
Charlie2015 Offline


Registered: 04/24/15
Posts: 241
Loc: Georgia
Valvoline Maxlife 5w30. Move up in grade as it burns/leaks more oil over time.
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#4555249 - 10/26/17 03:28 PM Re: Best oil for my vehicle [Re: jhammermil2008]
69GTX Offline


Registered: 09/23/15
Posts: 3815
Loc: Connecticut
Originally Posted By: jhammermil2008
Originally Posted By: Chris142
I want to know how you never go over 3000 rpm in that car?


Ok, perhaps I may have gone over 3000 rpm a few times, but very rarely. Just trying to preserve engine life.



Occasional runs to 3500-4500 rpm might actually enhance engine life by burning off carbon deposits on rings/pistons etc. Going slow all the time isn't ideal for the engine. But, if the car has never seen anything over 3500 rpm, then maybe best not to go any higher. Occasional extended runs on the highway would be good too.

With only 2500 miles per year you can get by with a single Oil Change. If you had 2 OCI's per year, the 10w-30 would be an excellent summer oil choice in your location.
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#4555277 - 10/26/17 03:55 PM Re: Best oil for my vehicle [Re: jhammermil2008]
jj51702 Offline


Registered: 10/07/16
Posts: 232
Loc: California
Whatever meets your owners manual spec. If ur worried about the leak or any burnoff use hm oil to try and slow it down.

Its a Honda that's almost 20 years old. What more do u want from it?

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#4555349 - 10/26/17 05:07 PM Re: Best oil for my vehicle [Re: jhammermil2008]
K23Turbo Offline


Registered: 02/05/09
Posts: 224
Loc: Pennsylvania
Castrol Magnatec 10W30

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#4555432 - 10/26/17 06:23 PM Re: Best oil for my vehicle [Re: jhammermil2008]
SilverFusion2010 Offline


Registered: 06/29/11
Posts: 1658
Loc: Crawfordville FL
Your favorite brand 10w-30.
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