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reg old oil

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by mwtaco, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. Aug 12, 2011 at 7:54 PM
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    mwtaco

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    anyone here use a regular nonsynthetic oil for the life of their high mileage tacoma with routine non extreme use?
     
  2. Aug 12, 2011 at 8:11 PM
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    I used whatever oil was on sale in a 98 Chevy Blazer I had. I ran the thing to 183k before I sold it and the motor was tip top.

    My Tacoma (2.7l) calls for 5w20 are v6's different?
     
  3. Aug 12, 2011 at 8:28 PM
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    didn't intend for the discussion to focus on oil weight.

    wanted people to report their high mileage tacomas that used regular oil (like the whatever oil was on sale as jsutter used for his blazer).

    cuz for routine daily commuting, i'm not seeing a point in using mobil1 or any other expensive synthetic motor oil.
     
  4. Aug 13, 2011 at 5:07 AM
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    I know lots of people who've run regular old dinosaur oils and get super high miles (like 200k plus) with no problems... myself included. Not on a Tacoma of course (mine were Honda's) but why would that matter?

    If not interested in extending drain interval I don't think there's any good reason to use synthetic oil either. But being a routine commuter truck has little to do with it... if anything, that could be harsher on the oil than using it as a highway hauler.
     
  5. Aug 13, 2011 at 5:15 AM
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    I routinely changed the oil on my 71 chev at 1000 miles, my 89 blazer at 2000 kilometers and my 77 cutlass at 2000 miles. The 71 ran great with 130k on the odometer, the 89 ran great with 289k and the 77 purred like a kitten at 140k. Nothing wrong with dino oil but to get high miles you need to shorten up the change interval. Of course there are lots of other maintenance issues to deal with to extend the life of your Taco, I'm currently doing 3000 kilometer intervals on mine and adding fuel injector cleaner every 2nd or 3rd fillup and keeping everything that can be greased or oiled well serviced also. So if the frame holds up I will have the taco for at least 10 years and its already 12 almost 13 years old.
     
  6. Aug 13, 2011 at 5:29 AM
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    ^ This. There is absolutely nothing wrong with conventional motor oil. Synthetics will allow you to stretch your drain interval out, as many people who have posted their Blackstone Laboratory sample results can prove, sometimes 10,000 miles or more.

    Some good reading material:
    http://www.carbibles.com/engineoil_bible.html
     
  7. Aug 13, 2011 at 6:56 PM
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    cool sig pic. is that the same background?
     
  8. Aug 13, 2011 at 8:05 PM
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    joes06tacoma

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    The company I work for recently sold an 02 Taco with 185K that went to Jiffy Lube every 3-4K for it's whole life. It still ran great, the boss just doesn't let trucks get too old before he replaces them. We still have an 04 Taco that has 140K on it and seems to be running just fine.

    I had a Ford Ranger at my last job. It got the oil changed every 5K miles when I had it. Never burned any oil, ran great except for pinging in hot weather. It had 180K on it when I gave it back to them. I still see it driving around, saw it parked once at peeked at the odometer-255K. I can't imagine the owner would have spent any money on it. He's pretty well known for selling stuff broken if it's gonna cost him more than a grand or two to fix. Pretty sure that's still the original engine. Always got whatever the local tire and lube shop had on the shelf for oil.

    If I was going to tow a trailer or something serious like that, I would go with synthetic. I believe it makes a difference in conditions that create extreme heat.
     
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