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Can I use GC 0-30 on 2017 Maxima? #5259124 11/05/19 12:19 PM
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I have a 2017 Maxima and I am on my last oil change before the warranty runs out. I have 10 bottles or so of Castrol GC 0-30 stockpiled from a recent sale. Since the GC oil is SL rated will it pose any issues if I use for my next oil change? My year Nissan specifies SN. I know older Nissan engines ran fine with GC.

Re: Can I use GC 0-30 on 2017 Maxima? [Re: 2004WJ] #5259135 11/05/19 12:36 PM
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Warranty up? Your powertrain warranty goes 5 years or 60k miles. Therefore, in case you don't want to risk Nissan denying a warranty claim, do not use Castrol 0w30 here.
However, chances are you won't have an oil related problem, or they will only check to see the oil is relatively clean and the valve covers are clean, sometimes all they check.
Technically that oil will work very well in a Maxima. It has some of the best overall specs it meets, so its better than SL or SN, in reality.

Great looking car. How has the CVT held up? I always hear about trouble with those.


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Re: Can I use GC 0-30 on 2017 Maxima? [Re: 2004WJ] #5259137 11/05/19 12:40 PM
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Biggest chance from SL to SN is phosphorus limit which has lowered to help protect the cats.

It might void your warranty, but if the engine does not consume a lot of oil, it shouldn't cause any issues.

It is good oil though, A3/B4 and MB 229.5 are pretty good certs.

Biggest worry would be the warranty, but I would run that oil other than that.


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Re: Can I use GC 0-30 on 2017 Maxima? [Re: 2004WJ] #5259169 11/05/19 01:38 PM
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Don't think I would use an SL oil in a 2017 vehicle.


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Re: Can I use GC 0-30 on 2017 Maxima? [Re: 2004WJ] #5259212 11/05/19 02:47 PM
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Yes you can smile

In fact, GC 0w30 is very popular in the Nissan community. People with VQ engines love it!

Re: Can I use GC 0-30 on 2017 Maxima? [Re: paoester] #5260703 11/07/19 11:05 AM
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I am approaching 58K miles with it so yes I'm almost at the 60K mark. The car is very nice. So far no issues. The CVT has held up very well. It was my only hesitation buying this car but so far so good!

Re: Can I use GC 0-30 on 2017 Maxima? [Re: slacktide_bitog] #5260706 11/07/19 11:07 AM
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Originally Posted by slacktide_bitog
Yes you can smile

In fact, GC 0w30 is very popular in the Nissan community. People with VQ engines love it!


I'm still baffled as to why this engine is spec'd at 0W-20 but so far it runs just fine. I probably wouldn't push it past 5000 miles but since I have the oil I thought I might as well use it.

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