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Old 12-21-2012, 02:24 PM   #41 (permalink)
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I was gonna buy the suzuki equator before the sx4 but found out it was actually a nissan frontier. I was like hell no. My nissan sentra burned oil bad even on the second engine and it wasnt just mine. I knew so many people with the same cars and the same problems.
What model Sentra?

We have the B13, B14 and B15 sentras here and they are like cockroaches. Difficult to kill in any trim.

My family also has a first gen KA24DE Frotier that works HARD. With all the abuse we never had a non start since new in 2007 (East Asian first gen). The second gen Frontier guys also love theirs.

The second gens (current gen) are said to be weaker.
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Old 12-22-2012, 11:37 AM   #42 (permalink)
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I use synthetic Quaker State or Mobil 1 every winter-makes for easier startups in freezing conditions
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Does anyone think that the 0W-20 oil is too thin? I'm a bit paranoid about engine wear :P Would 0W-30 be better for engine longevity? I've driven the car for 9k miles now and it didn't use a drop of oil.
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Stick to your Owner's Manual (factory) recommendations. You can't go wrong.
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Depends on your location Xenon.

Your user manual would show you the recommended oils for the temperature ranges.
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I live in a climate where temperature ranges from -10C to 35C (14F to 95F). My manual highly recommends 0W-20 oil, which is more than OK for that temperature range. The manual states that the 0W-20 oil can be used for ambient temperatures from below -30C (-22F) to over 40C (104F). I'll use that oil in the future.
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If the manual says it is good then you should be alright.

Some folks go heavier thinking that it helps (especially with high mileage engines), but if the lubrication can't get to the part it can't lubricate.

Small passages and fine tolerance, even on old engines may not allow a more viscous oil to flow freely.
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I live in a climate where temperature ranges from -10C to 35C (14F to 95F). My manual highly recommends 0W-20 oil, which is more than OK for that temperature range. The manual states that the 0W-20 oil can be used for ambient temperatures from below -30C (-22F) to over 40C (104F). I'll use that oil in the future.
I run 5-20 Max Life semi synthetic in all my suzuki's all the time.
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I see these threads on almost every forum I visit... usually multiple times!

Someone earlier linked to - Bob is the Oil Guy, which has a fantastic writeup on oil types, viscosities, grades, and about everything you could ever want to know about synthetic vs conventional.

Unfortunately, all the talk of the proper oil change interval and which oil type/brand/viscosity is better is all kind of moot until some actual used oil analyses get posted up. If someone is doing oil changes on oil type X every 3000 miles, and the viscosity, flash point, wear metals, contamination, etc are all well within the acceptable ranges, then it's a pretty safe bet to bump up the oil change interval another 1000-1500 miles.

Even then, results can vary from motor to motor and from driving condition to driving condition, but UOAs are a great way to keep yourself informed about the health of your engine.
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i agree with you dmention7; i have had my oil analyzed for the past 6.5 years (from new) on my grand v and my sx4 (2 years since new) and i have had very good results; i used synthetic oil with the OE oil filter in both vehicles, my opinion is to follow the manufacturers recommendation maintenance service interval, since my 2006 is off warranty, i extend the oil/filter changes and see what the oil analysis says, so far so good; i really like the lab oil tests cause its kind of a 'blood test' on the vehicle, nothing beats TLC though,
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