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Best oil for ATS 2.0 LTG #5433591 05/19/20 06:29 PM
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Hi all. I’ve read so many oil threads that it hurts, lol. I’m looking for the best possible oil for my car. Yes, obviously d1g2, but I’m reading things about timing chain issues, this oil has a lot of moly, that oil has titanium and is great for turbo’s, Valvoline has a new car formula , Mobil 1 shearing, etc etc.
what would you guys use and why? The Pennzoil platinum and Castrol Edge are sparking my interest, but for instance I’ve seen about 4 different Castrol Edge products all in 5/30 and I have no idea what any of it means. Edge “ll”, edge a3b4, regular edge, etc etc etc.
Thanks for any replies
P.S. it’s a ‘14 ATS w 65k and I’m too impatient to do long OCI’s lol.....usually 5-6k ish
I’m currently running Valvoline advanced full syn 5/30 but have used Mobil1, and NAPA (Valvoline, I think)

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Re: Best oil for ATS 2.0 LTG [Re: Dd3] #5433602 05/19/20 06:44 PM
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With in the same ratings oil is pretty much oil.


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Re: Best oil for ATS 2.0 LTG [Re: CT8] #5433604 05/19/20 06:50 PM
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I was hoping for that, lol hence why I’d asked on a different thread about the Sam’s club Prime full syn 5w30. It’s dirt cheap and meets the d1g2 spec. Then I start hearing how this oil made the motor noticeably quieter, this one better for this and that, etc. I’m getting a headache, lol. I just wanna pick one and in MY head at least, think I have the best thing in my car in terms of keeping it as “new” as possible. No leaks, no timing chain issues, etc etc


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Re: Best oil for ATS 2.0 LTG [Re: Dd3] #5433621 05/19/20 07:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Dd3
Hi all. I’ve read so many oil threads that it hurts, lol. I’m looking for the best possible oil for my car. Yes, obviously d1g2, but I’m reading things about timing chain issues, this oil has a lot of moly, that oil has titanium and is great for turbo’s, Valvoline has a new car formula , Mobil 1 shearing, etc etc.
what would you guys use and why? The Pennzoil platinum and Castrol Edge are sparking my interest, but for instance I’ve seen about 4 different Castrol Edge products all in 5/30 and I have no idea what any of it means. Edge “ll”, edge a3b4, regular edge, etc etc etc.
Thanks for any replies
P.S. it’s a ‘14 ATS w 65k and I’m too impatient to do long OCI’s lol.....usually 5-6k ish
I’m currently running Valvoline advanced full syn 5/30 but have used Mobil1, and NAPA (Valvoline, I think)



You can stay with valvoline it’s good oil. But Mobil 1 would be my choice


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Re: Best oil for ATS 2.0 LTG [Re: Dd3] #5433632 05/19/20 07:23 PM
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Best oil? That’s pretty subjective. You have a turbocharged 4 cylinder engine so, I would go with a synthetic that’s a little on the thicker side. Mobil 1 Advanced Synthetic, Quaker State Ultimate Durability and Kendall has a great offering that checks all of the boxes.
https://kendallmotoroil.com/product/gt-1-max-motor-oil-with-liquitek/


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Re: Best oil for ATS 2.0 LTG [Re: MParr] #5433639 05/19/20 07:34 PM
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Thanks for that. I was also wondering why there’s no such thing as a 10/30 or 5/40 that’s meets the d1g2 spec?


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Re: Best oil for ATS 2.0 LTG [Re: MParr] #5433644 05/19/20 07:46 PM
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That Kendall oil is sounding pretty good the more I read


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Re: Best oil for ATS 2.0 LTG [Re: Dd3] #5433650 05/19/20 07:49 PM
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I would consider shell gas truck, it's got a good dose of a few wear additives.
It made my daughters patriot quiet compared to penzoil platinum


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Re: Best oil for ATS 2.0 LTG [Re: tblt44] #5433693 05/19/20 08:42 PM
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This one?

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Re: Best oil for ATS 2.0 LTG [Re: Dd3] #5433697 05/19/20 08:48 PM
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Also, I was liking the Kendall oil in the above link....it’s the gt1 max with Liqui tek. D1g2 approved....great. Then I see the gt1 DEXOS OIL. take a look.
So which one is “better”? Both d1g2 approved

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Re: Best oil for ATS 2.0 LTG [Re: Dd3] #5433699 05/19/20 08:50 PM
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The best? This one has some of the best test results. It is 100% group IV/V.
https://www.ravenol.de/en/application-area/passenger-cars-1/ravenol-dxg-sae-5w-30/


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Re: Best oil for ATS 2.0 LTG [Re: Dd3] #5433717 05/19/20 09:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Dd3
Thanks for that. I was also wondering why there’s no such thing as a 10/30 or 5/40 that’s meets the d1g2 spec?


That’s because there is no 10w-30 or 5w-40 dexos 1 spec. It’s limited to only the oil viscosity that GM uses in their engines since the spec has been released.


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I have the LTG motor...it turns oil dark pretty quick. Probably the DI turbo. I change mine at 50% on the OLM and sleep well, 3,750 miles. PF64 filters were less than $3 awhile ago. Currently Valvoline AFS but I have a boatload of RGT, VME, & M1 at clearance prices.

Buy whatever D1G2/GF6a/SN+/SP oil and change it frequently. There is no “best”. No timing chain issues except the earliest motors in the ATS...oh that’s what you have, oops.


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Re: Best oil for ATS 2.0 LTG [Re: sloinker] #5433728 05/19/20 09:36 PM
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Originally Posted by sloinker
The best? This one has some of the best test results. It is 100% group IV/V.
https://www.ravenol.de/en/application-area/passenger-cars-1/ravenol-dxg-sae-5w-30/

That’s the same brand that’s in my wife’s ML currently. I wasn’t even aware they made a d1g2 oil. Upon looking at the approved oils (d1g2) list, I thought I saw two or 3 5w30 formulations from Ravenol that had the d1g2 spec? What’s different about the dxg formula?


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Originally Posted by buddylpal
Originally Posted by Dd3
Thanks for that. I was also wondering why there’s no such thing as a 10/30 or 5/40 that’s meets the d1g2 spec?


That’s because there is no 10w-30 or 5w-40 dexos 1 spec. It’s limited to only the oil viscosity that GM uses in their engines since the spec has been released.

Originally Posted by buddylpal
Originally Posted by Dd3
Thanks for that. I was also wondering why there’s no such thing as a 10/30 or 5/40 that’s meets the d1g2 spec?


That’s because there is no 10w-30 or 5w-40 dexos 1 spec. It’s limited to only the oil viscosity that GM uses in their engines since the spec has been released.

Got it


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