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help me choose an oil. #4658098
02/06/18 02:45 PM
02/06/18 02:45 PM
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oilburner99 Offline OP
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So.
04 subaru, 200miles.
Runs like a subaru, sounds like a subaru. Hahaha.
Just tried pennzoil 0w40,but im not sure i like it.
After 300 miles, engine sounds loud,like its due for a change. The previous 0w40 i used, which was specifically for off road applications,seemed to keep it quieter longer. Any suggestions?
Using a subarublue filter.
Northeast us,so cold temps,but long highway runs at
Speed.

Re: help me choose an oil. [Re: oilburner99] #4658113
02/06/18 03:02 PM
02/06/18 03:02 PM
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Originally Posted By: oilburner99
So.
04 subaru, 200miles.
Runs like a subaru, sounds like a subaru. Hahaha.
Just tried pennzoil 0w40,but im not sure i like it.
After 300 miles, engine sounds loud,like its due for a change. The previous 0w40 i used, which was specifically for off road applications,seemed to keep it quieter longer. Any suggestions?
Using a subarublue filter.
Northeast us,so cold temps,but long highway runs at
Speed.

What was wrong with the 15W-40, and where did you buy the 0W-40? What did that cost you?


1994 BMW 530i, 238K
1996 Honda Accord, 266K
1999 Toyota Sienna, 407K
2000 Toyota ECHO, 280K
Re: help me choose an oil. [Re: oilburner99] #4658120
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oilburner99 Offline OP
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The 15w40 seemed to be a little thick at 10 degrees and under...cold starts were starting to worry me.
The latest pennzoil 0w40 was 25 something or so at walmart.

Re: help me choose an oil. [Re: oilburner99] #4658129
02/06/18 03:20 PM
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Originally Posted By: oilburner99
So.
04 subaru, 200miles.
Runs like a subaru, sounds like a subaru. Hahaha.
Just tried pennzoil 0w40,but im not sure i like it.
After 300 miles, engine sounds loud,like its due for a change. The previous 0w40 i used, which was specifically for off road applications,seemed to keep it quieter longer. Any suggestions?
Using a subarublue filter.
Northeast us,so cold temps,but long highway runs at
Speed.

Had an 06 Forester. It went 110k zero problem miles using M1 5w30. Keep using the Subie filter, it was the only one mine liked.

Last edited by tojo1968; 02/06/18 03:21 PM.

2016 Frontier SL Crew Cab
Re: help me choose an oil. [Re: oilburner99] #4658142
02/06/18 03:32 PM
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oilburner99 Offline OP
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The price of the subaru blue shipped to me is 7 or so dollars
I definitely think itll be the filter i stick with.

Re: help me choose an oil. [Re: oilburner99] #4658192
02/06/18 04:17 PM
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Originally Posted By: oilburner99
The 15w40 seemed to be a little thick at 10 degrees and under...cold starts were starting to worry me.
The latest pennzoil 0w40 was 25 something or so at walmart.

You found it at Walmart? On the shelf or special order?

And that off-road 0W-40, what brand was that? I've never seen such a thing.


1994 BMW 530i, 238K
1996 Honda Accord, 266K
1999 Toyota Sienna, 407K
2000 Toyota ECHO, 280K
Re: help me choose an oil. [Re: oilburner99] #4658195
02/06/18 04:18 PM
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oilburner99 Offline OP
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Right on the shelf...
Euro spec, so maybe it's just not compatible with a Japanese engine???

Re: help me choose an oil. [Re: oilburner99] #4658201
02/06/18 04:23 PM
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Maxlife 10w40.


To quote a friend, "Synthetics, man."

'85 GMC C3500, 454, 132K
'82 Mercedes 300CD, OM617 turbo, 173K (totaled 2018, in rehab)
'85 Mercedes 300TD, OM617 turbo, 217K (wife's)
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Re: help me choose an oil. [Re: oilburner99] #4658203
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oilburner99 Offline OP
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And the previous x change was with arctic cat 0w40 full synthetic.

Re: help me choose an oil. [Re: oilburner99] #4658205
02/06/18 04:24 PM
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Originally Posted By: oilburner99
Right on the shelf...
Euro spec, so maybe it's just not compatible with a Japanese engine???

OK guess I was wrong, I never look for it to be honest. Castrol 0W-40 carries more specs so that's what I always get, or the M1 product.


1994 BMW 530i, 238K
1996 Honda Accord, 266K
1999 Toyota Sienna, 407K
2000 Toyota ECHO, 280K
Re: help me choose an oil. [Re: oilburner99] #4658206
02/06/18 04:26 PM
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oilburner99 Offline OP
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Maxlife was my previous favorite,but noticed better results with a full synthetic. I had been using maxlife blend.

Re: help me choose an oil. [Re: oilburner99] #4658208
02/06/18 04:28 PM
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Originally Posted By: oilburner99
And the previous x change was with arctic cat 0w40 full synthetic.

Interesting, I have never seen that before. Thanks for the info.


1994 BMW 530i, 238K
1996 Honda Accord, 266K
1999 Toyota Sienna, 407K
2000 Toyota ECHO, 280K
Re: help me choose an oil. [Re: oilburner99] #4658217
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I debated on grabbing the castrol when i was there.

Re: help me choose an oil. [Re: oilburner99] #4658399
02/06/18 07:37 PM
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Georgia
Maxlife 10w40 or full syn maxlife 10w30


1998 Honda Accord EX 2.3L Auto (Sold) 214k mi
2009 Scion tC Manual (Daily Driver) 165k mi
Re: help me choose an oil. [Re: oilburner99] #4658957
02/07/18 11:01 AM
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Yeah, engine noise and oil are b**ch. They drive me crazy. I always shoot for the quietest oil that I can find for a given engine. Just keep trying them until you find the one it likes ...


Formerly in marine engineering. In an earlier life I owned my own petroleum tank truck, and hauled for the majors and independent's.

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