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#4640997 - 01/20/18 01:27 PM Turbo Life
Snagglefoot Offline

Registered: 12/31/17
Posts: 1339
Loc: Alberta
I was participating in another forum and the life limit of turbos in gas engines came up. How about if we report in at 100,000 miles and 150,000 miles etc to tell the others what oil you used (synthetic or dino) and what weight you used. The brand too if you were consistent with that. If there already is a data base please let me know.

SF popcorn

#4641002 - 01/20/18 01:35 PM Re: Turbo Life [Re: Snagglefoot]
dlundblad Offline

Registered: 09/30/13
Posts: 9683
Loc: Indiana
Her Volvo's turbo is original with ~170k and has been on a M1 0w40 diet for about 3 years. I am finally starting to not see any sludge deposits in the filter pleats. Oil changes 1 and 2 were the worst. (The turbo is water cooled btw.)

Before that, it was Maxlife blend 5w30 at the dealer every 3k.

Edited by dlundblad (01/20/18 01:37 PM)
03 Jeep WJ 4.0 197k Castrol Edge 10w40 HM Fram XG16
02 Volvo S60 2.4T 170k M1 0w40 Mann HU819X
97 Chevy Blazer 4.3 142k Rotella T5 10w30 Fram TG3980

#4641020 - 01/20/18 01:47 PM Re: Turbo Life [Re: Snagglefoot]
OneEyeJack Offline

Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 7410
Loc: S California
My wife's 96 850 Volvo turbo wagon's turbo was in excellent shape until the car was totaled in an accident at just under 200K. There were zero indications of any unusual wear, no sludge, and only routine maintenance.

I used Red Line 5w-30 on 5K intervals with Mobil 1 oil filters.

#4641026 - 01/20/18 01:54 PM Re: Turbo Life [Re: Snagglefoot]
Dylan1303 Offline

Registered: 10/14/15
Posts: 126
Loc: Washington
My cruze has 86k and is the 1.4 turbo. It had m1 syn for the first 80k every 6-7k miles and i bought it 81k. Ive been using penz euro 0-40. I imangine the turbo will last just as long as the motor in my cruze. Only major problem it had was the pcv was replaced at 60k. The pcv is built in the intake manifold so its a 400$ pcv.
12 chevy cruze 1.4t 6spd penz euro 0w40
09 ford fusion 2.3l auto royal purple 5w20

#4641051 - 01/20/18 02:15 PM Re: Turbo Life [Re: Snagglefoot]
Alex_V Offline

Registered: 04/10/16
Posts: 1119
Loc: Campbellsville, KY
2013 Cruze 1.4T, 109K, Valvoline Synpower @ 5K intervals for over 80K of that. One change at the dealership, all done by 6,000 mi., one interval of Schaeffer's 9000, and two of M1. If the turbo lasts past 200K I'll be happy. I'd like to see the rest of the engine go well past 300K.

Only thing not original (except plugs and filters, of course) under the hood is the water inlet. PCV, water pump, thermostat, battery, clutch, serp. belt all still going. But I suppose that's what happens when you don't short-trip the dickens out of a car, put 89 octane in a "technically" 87 engine and change better-than-spec oil at 2/3 the recommended interval.
I like Chevy and Valvoline.

'13 Cruze, 1.4T, 110K
'85 GMC C3500, 454, 130K
'82 Mercedes 300CD, OM617 turbo, 165K
'67 Suburban, 350, 331K

#4641068 - 01/20/18 02:45 PM Re: Turbo Life [Re: Snagglefoot]
KGMtech Offline

Registered: 10/17/14
Posts: 929
Loc: SW Ontario Canada
2004 VW Passat, 186,000 km and turbo is still fine and fun. Steady diet of Kendall GT1 5W40, but have been using Canadian Tire full synthetic 5W40 for last year - no issues.

Edited by KGMtech (01/20/18 02:46 PM)
2017.5 Nissan Rogue SV FWD
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#4641069 - 01/20/18 02:46 PM Re: Turbo Life [Re: KGMtech]
Snagglefoot Offline

Registered: 12/31/17
Posts: 1339
Loc: Alberta
Originally Posted By: KGMtech
2004 VW Passat, 186,000 km and turbo is still fine and fun.


#4641072 - 01/20/18 02:50 PM Re: Turbo Life [Re: Snagglefoot]
Audios Offline

Registered: 11/19/11
Posts: 807
Loc: Lyndhurst NJ
My 97 A4 1.8t was at 150k on original turbo, and I flashed it at 50k. Oil changes every 5k since i bought it at 40k, varying weights depending on where i worked. Had a turbo timer that idled the car for 1 minute after shutoff, dont know how much of an affect it had. The best Ive seen was an 07 A4 with 250k on it, original turbo still boosting, but did have underboost faults if he pushed it too much. He went the full interval on oil, but his commute was almost 110 miles a day all highway.
2002 VW Golf TDI-Mobil 1 5/40 TDT
2005 BMW M3 BMW Twin Power 10/60
1997 John Deere Gator 4x2
2007 Mercedes GL320 CDI Fuchs 5/40 GT Pro XTL

#4641091 - 01/20/18 03:31 PM Re: Turbo Life [Re: Snagglefoot]
Astro14 Offline

Registered: 10/10/10
Posts: 8355
Loc: Virginia Beach
All four turbochargers on my cars (one per Volvo, two for the Mercedes) are original.

MB S600. 96,000 miles. Mobil 1 0W40. 10,000 miles/annual change (whichever comes first)
Volvo V70T5. 192,000 miles Mobil 1 0W40 7,500 miles/ annual change (whichever comes first)
Volvo XC70. 229,000 miles. Pennzoil platinum 5W30 7,500 miles

Note: all of the cars were used. All were run exclusively on synthetic since I bought them. The Mercedes used M1 0w40 only. The Volvos have had Castrol 0W30, Mobil 1 0W30, M1 5W40 TDT, M1 0W40 Euro, Pennzoil Ultra Euro 5W40, Ultra Euro 5W30, and Platinum 5W30. They’ve all been changed at the factory-recommended interval.

My recommendations for long turbo life: good oil, changed on time. Idle for the first 30 seconds. Drive slowly/low RPM for the first minute. Drive slowly/low RPM for the last two minutes. My wife’s commute allows for just that type of driving, which ensures good oil flow to the turbo on start and sufficient cooldown time.

Edited by Astro14 (01/20/18 03:35 PM)
32 Packard 15W40
02 Volvo V70 T5 0W40 M1
02 Volvo V70 XC 0W40 Edge
05 MB S600 0W40 M1
16 Tundra 1794 TGMO

#4641102 - 01/20/18 03:43 PM Re: Turbo Life [Re: Snagglefoot]
double vanos Offline

Registered: 08/05/04
Posts: 1827
Loc: 5600 feet elevation, Arizona
2011 F150 3.5 Ecoboost. 111k miles. Turbo’s still fine. First 40k or so PUP, then switched to Castrol Edge 0w40. FL 500s filters exclusively. Intervals were 5k, then went to 4K OCIs, then after the Edge went to holding up so well back to 6k intervals. Runs like new: quiet, fast and 17-19 mpg. Original everything except plugs, air filter and vacuum pump. First service on trans @ 110k - new filter and fluid.
I suspect the turbos will put the long block in its grave.
Sabine Schmitz is the Queen of the 'Ring; Svetlana Kapanina is the Queen of the SKIES...

#4641130 - 01/20/18 04:14 PM Re: Turbo Life [Re: Snagglefoot]
KJSmith Offline

Registered: 08/31/15
Posts: 214
Loc: TX
My '13 F150 3.5 Ecoboost was fine @147k when I traded it in.
Castrol syntech, then Magnetec 5/30 at 9500 oci's.

Turbo failure is not a big issue.

#4641134 - 01/20/18 04:19 PM Re: Turbo Life [Re: Snagglefoot]
CT8 Offline

Registered: 10/09/14
Posts: 10580
Loc: Idaho
Not having a turbo means there will never ever be turbo problems . Most turbo problems are from lack of maintenance and improper operation.
Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity, we shall prevail

#4641137 - 01/20/18 04:24 PM Re: Turbo Life [Re: Snagglefoot]
JHZR2 Offline

Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 41470
Loc: New Jersey
There are plenty of diesels that have racked up hundreds of thousands of miles on a turbo. Turbos have been prevalent in Europe for a long time.

I want to say the 3000GT VR-4 my brother had was around 150k when it was sold (it was definitely much higher than 100k) - original turbos.

#4641166 - 01/20/18 04:59 PM Re: Turbo Life [Re: Snagglefoot]
2003f7 Offline

Registered: 02/14/09
Posts: 346
Loc: Kewaunee WI
168000 on my 04 Dodge Ram 5.9 Cummins. Turbo failed. Mobil Delvac 1300 15w-40.
2002 Ford Excursion 6.8
2017 Kia Forte 2.0

#4641211 - 01/20/18 05:35 PM Re: Turbo Life [Re: Snagglefoot]
Silk Online   content

Registered: 07/26/03
Posts: 4398
Loc: New Zealand
I don't see turbo failure at all these days...turn of the century I would see 3 or 3 a year. No turbo timers these days, they were a bit of a fad. My Volvo has done 217,000km on all sorts of oil and oil change periods, and the turbo is probably just fine.
1987 BMW R65 - Penrite V Twin 20/50
2005 Nissan Expert - MSL 5/30
1996 Volvo T5 - Penrite HPR15 - 15W-60. Ryco syntec filter.

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