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post #1 of 90 Old Mar 15th, 2003, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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Best Engine Oil????

Hey guys.... I have a '96 Nissan 200SX with the GA16DE motor. The engine has about 119,000 miles on it and i was wondering

WHAT IS THE BEST BRAND, TYPE, AND WEIGHT OIL TO USE?

i currently use 10W-30 Castrol GTX High Mileage and it runs wonderfully. Is there a better brand/type/weight to use?????

Also.... i am adding a TURBO this summer, running about 8-10 psi. What oil would ya suggest i use then? same one? what parts would you suggest i replace to prepare for it (other than the clutch)?

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post #2 of 90 Old Mar 15th, 2003, 09:38 PM
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Only bad thing about the Mobil 1 in my experience has been if you switch to it in an older engine,it may cause the seals to leak because of the strong detergent package in it.A friend of mine put it in his 92 Pathfinder,and he had to replace the rear main seal shortly thereafter(but I have used it for years in my Frontier with no problems even after 192k mi).You definitely would want it in a turbo application because it is more resistant to breakdown than a conventional oil.

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Only bad thing about the Mobil 1 in my experience has been if you switch to it in an older engine,it may cause the seals to leak because of the strong detergent package in it.A friend of mine put it in his 92 Pathfinder,and he had to replace the rear main seal shortly thereafter(but I have used it for years in my Frontier with no problems even after 192k mi).You definitely would want it in a turbo application because it is more resistant to breakdown than a conventional oil.
Agreed....Mobil 1 is the best oil but I won't recommend it on such a high mile engine unless it has consistantly been given Mobil 1 in the past. The ironic thing is, the crappy oil that people use actually sort of creates a seal w/ all the residue the oil leaves behind in the engine. Mobil 1 will clean all these crap out but as a result your engine will start to leak. You may get lucky but this is the conventional wisdom.

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After 10 years & 110k miles, using only Mobil 1 5W30 and a nissan oil filter has kept my 1.6 running like new...

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I've run it since it was a year old and only had 60k on it, but my friend's car had 90k and was 9 yrs old, that's why it leaked

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ive ran mobil 1 since about 110,000. i had a front main seal that was bad...when i ran 15w-50 it didnt leak more than normal...switched to 10w-30 and it bled like hell. id recommend using any type of systhetic such as red line, royal purple, mobil 1. but mobil is more cost effective and you can buy a 5 quart jug at walmart for less than $20
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If I remember correctly, it is something like 90k when they say not to use Mobil 1 unless you have used it for most of the engine's life. Correct me if I'm wrong.

Also keep in mind that Mobil 1, Royal Purple, etc. is not cheap. I pay about $40 on Mobil 1 oil alone per oil change.

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Mobil1 since new, 144K miles ago, runs beautifully, with NO leaks whatsoever. Changed every 5K.
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Royal Purple. Noticed quite a difference the first few oil changes. ALTHOUGH, I do the oil changes myself and I don't mind spending $20 for the oil and $5 for the filter.

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Mobil 1 5w30. Havent had any problems since ive put it in. Previous owner also used Mobil 1.

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how are you spending $40 on just oil per oil change? just go to walmart and buy it man. i havent had any leaks since i changed my front main seal.
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Mobil 1 is about $5 a quart where I'm at.

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Since the season is starting to heat up, would you guys stick with 5w-30 or switch to 10w-40?

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