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#4558207 - 10/29/17 09:37 AM Looking for so,e insight...
EGrant22 Offline


Registered: 10/28/17
Posts: 7
Loc: Minnesota
Hey all, first time poster. This looks like an amazing site to get some opinions. I am looking for opinions on oils for our two different vehicles. I have recently bought all of the necessary materials and equipment, and am going to be doing the oil changes myself - something I've always wanted to do. Looking for recommendations on conventional, high mileage, or synthetic for our two vehicles. I'm in Minnesota where it's quite cold many months out of the year.

A little background on cars:
2005 Pontiac G6 GT 150k miles - have not put on more than 4k a year over the past 3 years and that'll stay the same. Rarely driven.

2015 Nissan Altima 60k miles - driven a lot. 50 mile trip to work.

Been going back and forth with oils for a while depending on what I read and/or am told. Now that I'll be doing them myself, I'm really looking forward to getting on the same schedule/oils.

Thanks much!

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#4558252 - 10/29/17 10:12 AM Re: Looking for so,e insight... [Re: EGrant22]
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#4558254 - 10/29/17 10:15 AM Re: Looking for so,e insight... [Re: EGrant22]
Rolla07 Offline


Registered: 11/05/11
Posts: 4740
Loc: MTL, CANADA
Welcome to BITOG!

The Altima you likely want to follow the manual re: oil change intervals. Id go for a synthetic in the weight mentionned in the manual. You can play around with oil weights and extending drains down the road. The G6, Id put in synthetic and leave it for 3 years. I would if I were you get the car on a highway run every now and again to prevent moisture from building up. I recommend you keep an eye on sales..autozone usually has a clearance sale in december where full syn can be found for 2$ per quart. Finding syn for a good price isnt too hard these days, also check for mfr rebates on oil. Mobil and Pennzoil sometimes has mail in rebates 10$ off a 5 qt jug, so again you can get full syn for pretty cheap. Thats the main reason I dont use conventional. I would even consider using M1 AFE 0w30 if 5w30 is recommended. Any little bit helps in winter and its fantastic oil.

Ever thought of driving the G6 into work at least once a week? That would keep condensation from building up in the oil.


Edited by Rolla07 (10/29/17 10:17 AM)
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#4558257 - 10/29/17 10:16 AM Re: Looking for so,e insight... [Re: EGrant22]
CT8 Offline


Registered: 10/09/14
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Loc: Idaho
Since is does get Brisk in Minnesota syn oil would be good. Which one? Any of the major brand names are a safe choice. If you want me to pick an oil it is M1 0W-30AFE . Maybe M1 0W-40 in the G6
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#4558284 - 10/29/17 10:58 AM Re: Looking for so,e insight... [Re: Rolla07]
EGrant22 Offline


Registered: 10/28/17
Posts: 7
Loc: Minnesota
We have no issues taking the G6 as often as needed. We will probably start doing that more often. I was thinking synthetic for the Altima for sure. the only though I had with synthetic in the G6 is that it would take quite some time to get to the mileage to change. No need to change oil based off time along if it's driven regularly and no leaks?

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#4558289 - 10/29/17 11:14 AM Re: Looking for so,e insight... [Re: EGrant22]
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Change the filter first. You'll thank me later.



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#4558300 - 10/29/17 11:29 AM Re: Looking for so,e insight... [Re: EGrant22]
FermeLaPorte Offline


Registered: 07/25/17
Posts: 472
Loc: Texas (south)
I have a 2014 Nissan Versa. I switched from 5w30 to 0w40 and all the weird Nissan noises and vibrations disappeared. I use full synthetic and that's all you need my amigo. I would use the G6 for work to avoid Moisture as mentioned above. Use a full synthetic oil on both.
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#4558412 - 10/29/17 01:55 PM Re: Looking for so,e insight... [Re: EGrant22]
69GTX Offline


Registered: 09/23/15
Posts: 3815
Loc: Connecticut
Originally Posted By: EGrant22
We have no issues taking the G6 as often as needed. We will probably start doing that more often. I was thinking synthetic for the Altima for sure. the only though I had with synthetic in the G6 is that it would take quite some time to get to the mileage to change. No need to change oil based off time along if it's driven regularly and no leaks?


I would go with synthetic on the G6 because you can buy that stuff cheap ALL year round with the Pennzoil/Quaker State/M1 rebates in play. Pennz and QSUD rebates have been in effect continuously now since January 2016....almost 2 years now ($2/qt with PP and $7/5 qts of QSUD). Mobil 1 runs rebates 2X or 3X per year. Net effect is you can get the stuff for $2.60/qt or less after rebate. Many here recently stocked up on nearly free QSUD as Advance Auto Parts was clearing all their inventory (many of us were paid to buy it).

You can literally buy Pennz Plat cheaper than PYB or Pennzoil Syn Blend. So why not? My 1999 only gets 1200 miles per year, driven every week in nice weather, once or twice a month during winter as roads permit. I change the Mobil 1 0w-40 annually as it does turn slightly dark. I could go to 2-3 years I guess. But, the oil change is so cheap at $20 for oil and filter (FUG) that seems reasonable. Your experience might be different. If the oil doesn't change color at all in one year, then go longer. The synthetic oil will also give you slightly better performance vs. conventional at cold temps at elevated operating temps. Since they are paying us to buy cheap synthetic, that's the way to go.
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#4558488 - 10/29/17 03:19 PM Re: Looking for so,e insight... [Re: 69GTX]
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Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 2774
Loc: Wet side WA
Originally Posted By: 69GTX
Originally Posted By: EGrant22
We have no issues taking the G6 as often as needed. We will probably start doing that more often. I was thinking synthetic for the Altima for sure. the only though I had with synthetic in the G6 is that it would take quite some time to get to the mileage to change. No need to change oil based off time along if it's driven regularly and no leaks?


I would go with synthetic on the G6 because you can buy that stuff cheap ALL year round with the Pennzoil/Quaker State/M1 rebates in play. Pennz and QSUD rebates have been in effect continuously now since January 2016....almost 2 years now ($2/qt with PP and $7/5 qts of QSUD). Mobil 1 runs rebates 2X or 3X per year. Net effect is you can get the stuff for $2.60/qt or less after rebate. Many here recently stocked up on nearly free QSUD as Advance Auto Parts was clearing all their inventory (many of us were paid to buy it).

You can literally buy Pennz Plat cheaper than PYB or Pennzoil Syn Blend. So why not? My 1999 only gets 1200 miles per year, driven every week in nice weather, once or twice a month during winter as roads permit. I change the Mobil 1 0w-40 annually as it does turn slightly dark. I could go to 2-3 years I guess. But, the oil change is so cheap at $20 for oil and filter (FUG) that seems reasonable. Your experience might be different. If the oil doesn't change color at all in one year, then go longer. The synthetic oil will also give you slightly better performance vs. conventional at cold temps at elevated operating temps. Since they are paying us to buy cheap synthetic, that's the way to go.


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#4558494 - 10/29/17 03:33 PM Re: Looking for so,e insight... [Re: EGrant22]
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Registered: 02/19/13
Posts: 10135
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
Pennzoil Platinum HM 5w30 changed once a year in the G6

What's weird is Nissan recommends 0w20, but 5w30 Conventional oil can be used as an alternative.

So I'd use Pennzoil Platinum 0w20 until the warranty is up then go with 5w30 since they allow that viscosity.
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#4558556 - 10/29/17 04:54 PM Re: Looking for so,e insight... [Re: EGrant22]
EGrant22 Offline


Registered: 10/28/17
Posts: 7
Loc: Minnesota
Thank you so much to everyone who has helped out! I think I will definitely be going towards a full synthetic 0w-30 in the Pontiac. Also, after looking at my Nissan warranties, not much is covered after 60k. However, it appears that according to my Nissan manual, it needs 0w-20. I have always gotten my oil changed at the dealership as they were covered for the first 3 years. According to the service memos, a conventional 5w-30 was used. I would assume this isn't a big deal? I would like the 0w-20 route.

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#4558557 - 10/29/17 04:55 PM Re: Looking for so,e insight... [Re: Nick1994]
EGrant22 Offline


Registered: 10/28/17
Posts: 7
Loc: Minnesota
Originally Posted By: Nick1994
Pennzoil Platinum HM 5w30 changed once a year in the G6

What's weird is Nissan recommends 0w20, but 5w30 Conventional oil can be used as an alternative.

So I'd use Pennzoil Platinum 0w20 until the warranty is up then go with 5w30 since they allow that viscosity.


Funny thing is the dealership has always used 5w30 in it for every oil change its had.

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#4558569 - 10/29/17 05:11 PM Re: Looking for so,e insight... [Re: EGrant22]
EGrant22 Offline


Registered: 10/28/17
Posts: 7
Loc: Minnesota
So, after some research and reading through this thread. I've decided on M1 0w20 for the Altima and 5w30 synthetic for the G6. Wish me luck!

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#4558579 - 10/29/17 05:24 PM Re: Looking for so,e insight... [Re: EGrant22]
K23Turbo Offline


Registered: 02/05/09
Posts: 224
Loc: Pennsylvania
You can use Mobil 1 0W30 advanced fuel economy in both cars for its excellent cold weather performance.

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#4558758 - 10/29/17 08:37 PM Re: Looking for so,e insight... [Re: EGrant22]
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Registered: 06/29/11
Posts: 1665
Loc: Crawfordville FL
I would use 0 or 5w-30 in both vehicles
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