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#2034127 - 10/01/10 05:30 PM 5W-40 in a Nissan Maxima VQ35 oil burner?
kbohip72 Offline


Registered: 04/19/09
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Loc: Colorado
I'm currently using regular Pennzoil 10W-40 in my Nissan Maxima as it tends to use a quart of 5W-30 every 1k miles. Using 10W-40 has at least cut that number in half or more. The bad thing though is winter is coming and I'd rather not run 10W-40 during the cold months. My manual recommends 5W-30, 10W-30, or 10W-40. I'd like to try a newer 5W-40 oil and maybe keep the oil burning issue down with a better cold start flow for winter. I really can't see how this would be a problem but I thought I'd ask here for opinions.
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#2034134 - 10/01/10 05:39 PM Re: 5W-40 in a Nissan Maxima VQ35 oil burner? [Re: kbohip72]
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Registered: 05/18/09
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Rotella 5w40
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#2034163 - 10/01/10 06:07 PM Re: 5W-40 in a Nissan Maxima VQ35 oil burner? [Re: kbohip72]
dkryan Offline


Registered: 04/11/03
Posts: 1935
Loc: Cincinnati
Rotella T5 10w-30 semi-synthetic?

Give it a try and see if the oil burning issue continues. About $12 per jug at Wal-Mart.

How many miles on your 2002?

And can you find Max-Life full syn anywhere? That might be worth a try!
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#2034172 - 10/01/10 06:16 PM Re: 5W-40 in a Nissan Maxima VQ35 oil burner? [Re: dkryan]
kbohip72 Offline


Registered: 04/19/09
Posts: 80
Loc: Colorado
Originally Posted By: dkryan
Rotella T5 10w-30 semi-synthetic?

Give it a try and see if the oil burning issue continues. About $12 per jug at Wal-Mart.

How many miles on your 2002?

And can you find Max-Life full syn anywhere? That might be worth a try!


It has 103k on it now. When I bought it with 55k miles it was already using almost 1 quart per 1k miles though.
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#2034179 - 10/01/10 06:34 PM Re: 5W-40 in a Nissan Maxima VQ35 oil burner? [Re: kbohip72]
dkryan Offline


Registered: 04/11/03
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Loc: Cincinnati
So, should you focus on correcting the reason it is "using" 1 quart per 1k miles, or use a specific oil to correct the "usage?"

Mobil 1 0w-40?

Castrol Syntec 0w-30? I used this oil in my VQ30DE (2001 I30) and not only is it a "thicker 30 weight," it, Maxlife full syn, and RLI SHP 10w30 HD were the only three oils that could stand up to 1.2 mile commutes each way during the winter months. Interpret that as "massive fuel dilution."

Good luck and let us know which oil you select and how the usage is with that oil.
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#2034184 - 10/01/10 06:38 PM Re: 5W-40 in a Nissan Maxima VQ35 oil burner? [Re: kbohip72]
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I'd consider GC 0w30 or Mobil 1 0w40.
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#2034203 - 10/01/10 07:04 PM Re: 5W-40 in a Nissan Maxima VQ35 oil burner? [Re: kbohip72]
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Registered: 12/21/08
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Try Rotella 5W40 non synthetic... Why add syn if it uses so much? I run conventional in my '02 because of consumption.
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#2034229 - 10/01/10 07:36 PM Re: 5W-40 in a Nissan Maxima VQ35 oil burner? [Re: kbohip72]
Johnny248 Offline


Registered: 07/19/09
Posts: 2019
Loc: Detroit, MI
Originally Posted By: kbohip72
I'm currently using regular Pennzoil 10W-40 in my Nissan Maxima as it tends to use a quart of 5W-30 every 1k miles. Using 10W-40 has at least cut that number in half or more. The bad thing though is winter is coming and I'd rather not run 10W-40 during the cold months. My manual recommends 5W-30, 10W-30, or 10W-40. I'd like to try a newer 5W-40 oil and maybe keep the oil burning issue down with a better cold start flow for winter. I really can't see how this would be a problem but I thought I'd ask here for opinions.


Go figure. A Nissan engine consuming oil
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#2034242 - 10/01/10 07:48 PM Re: 5W-40 in a Nissan Maxima VQ35 oil burner? [Re: Johnny248]
SLCraig Offline


Registered: 12/21/08
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Loc: London, ON, Canada
Originally Posted By: Johnny248
Originally Posted By: kbohip72
I'm currently using regular Pennzoil 10W-40 in my Nissan Maxima as it tends to use a quart of 5W-30 every 1k miles. Using 10W-40 has at least cut that number in half or more. The bad thing though is winter is coming and I'd rather not run 10W-40 during the cold months. My manual recommends 5W-30, 10W-30, or 10W-40. I'd like to try a newer 5W-40 oil and maybe keep the oil burning issue down with a better cold start flow for winter. I really can't see how this would be a problem but I thought I'd ask here for opinions.


Go figure. A Nissan engine consuming oil


Yeah, weird!
I've never even owned a car that doesn't burn oil :D

2 Saturns, 2 VQ35's, an old 2.5L Chrysler, and a SOHC Neon. The Neon was the best for consumption about a quart over 5k MI.
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#2034260 - 10/01/10 08:10 PM Re: 5W-40 in a Nissan Maxima VQ35 oil burner? [Re: kbohip72]
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Registered: 05/10/05
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Think of it as UCl without having to add anything to the gas...
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#2034278 - 10/01/10 08:35 PM Re: 5W-40 in a Nissan Maxima VQ35 oil burner? [Re: SLCraig]
heavyhitter Offline


Registered: 07/22/07
Posts: 674
Loc: Nebraska
Originally Posted By: SLCraig
Try Rotella 5W40 non synthetic... Why add syn if it uses so much? I run conventional in my '02 because of consumption.


Rotella 5w40 is "sythetic" grp III
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#2034299 - 10/01/10 09:05 PM Re: 5W-40 in a Nissan Maxima VQ35 oil burner? [Re: heavyhitter]
finalyzd Offline


Registered: 11/24/09
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Loc: fairfield,CA
z max will help. It soaks into the metal.(sarcasm)
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#2034368 - 10/01/10 11:09 PM Re: 5W-40 in a Nissan Maxima VQ35 oil burner? [Re: kbohip72]
cronk Offline


Registered: 01/06/09
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Try Maxlife or Mobil One High mileage. 10w30 or 10w40 would probably be fine. If you really want to run 5w40, try Rotella.
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#2034528 - 10/02/10 08:49 AM Re: 5W-40 in a Nissan Maxima VQ35 oil burner? [Re: kbohip72]
Kyk noord en Offline


Registered: 09/05/10
Posts: 99
Loc: Mid-Atlantic
Those recommending GC 0W-30 or Mobil 1 0W-40, could you elaborate why you think those are good choices for the VQ engine in this instance?

I'm trying to decide on a go-to oil for an '03 Maxima similar to OP's but with no oil burning issues. 65K miles, 5K mile OCIs.

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#2034585 - 10/02/10 10:29 AM Re: 5W-40 in a Nissan Maxima VQ35 oil burner? [Re: cronk]
Nickdfresh Offline


Registered: 03/15/06
Posts: 4358
Loc: Buffalo, NY
Originally Posted By: cronk
Try Maxlife or Mobil One High mileage. 10w30 or 10w40 would probably be fine. If you really want to run 5w40, try Rotella.


+1

I'd consider Mobil 1 5W-30 High Mileage as well, as it's almost as thick as 10W-30 at operating temp...

http://www.mobil.com/USA-English/Lubes/PDS/NAXXENPVLMOMobil_1_High_Mileage_Oil.aspx


Edited by Nickdfresh (10/02/10 10:30 AM)

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