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Synthetic or real oil

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by 4421.frank, Mar 23, 2008.

  1. Mar 23, 2008 at 11:26 AM
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    4421.frank

    4421.frank [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Don't have the manual for my taco and I have to change the oil again. Is it better to use real or synthetic oil?
     
  2. Mar 23, 2008 at 3:09 PM
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    Janster

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    Ohh boy.... this subject has been run through the ringer.

    Are you saying synthetic isnt' real oil?

    (laugh - conventional versus synthetic)

    I run synthetic. Always have in all my vehicles. It's just something I personally like to do and don't mind spending the extra $$. It's a personal preference....
     
  3. Mar 23, 2008 at 3:26 PM
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    ETaco23

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    I switche over to synthetic a while ago, and I just like the fact of something being created by scientist, and improves engine life and performance... But thats just me :D
     
  4. Mar 23, 2008 at 5:25 PM
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    tacotoe

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  5. Mar 23, 2008 at 5:31 PM
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    go synthetic.......unless you have a ton of miles, which CAN lead to cleaning the engine too much and causing leaks......., if you have relatively low miles(under 100k)......definitely go for it!!! good improvements as far as im concerned.
     
  6. Mar 23, 2008 at 8:12 PM
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    I use Mobil 1 religiously: 240,000+ miles on a 91 accord I owned for 10+ years with zero engine work. I continue to use Mobil 1 with my 03 tacoma. However, I think that so long as I change the oil every 3k-5k miles, any oil, pure or synthetic, will do...just keep it clean.
     
  7. Apr 7, 2008 at 10:41 PM
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    scard

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    so you're saying that if my tacoma has more than 100k it does more bad than good. I was about to some fake oil in my taco is there any proof in that theory.
     
  8. Apr 8, 2008 at 3:17 AM
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    RoadKill

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    My religion as well, 250,000 clicks, no leaks, no mess, clean oil
     
  9. Apr 8, 2008 at 4:29 AM
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    None of your business
    I run synthetic in mine, its runs way better than regular oil, i think its synthetic that Tacoma's need
     
  10. Apr 8, 2008 at 1:59 PM
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    not necessarily more bad than good......it may not cause any leaks with that many miles, and you may see improvements.....but it can clean too much and clean off the seals, maybe kind of rare or whatever....but it can happen. if you use synthetic....just watch for leaks........and if you do notice a leak, you can switch to mobil 1 high mileage.....good oil and may take care of the leak if it happens.
     
  11. Aug 15, 2009 at 3:32 PM
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    I run Mobil 1 synthetic 15,000 mile in my rig. I wouldn't use it in a rig that eats oil. The molecules are small and will slide past the rings if there is too much play. My 98 taco has 198,000 and has no leaks. Mobil 1 is the way to go.
     
  12. Aug 15, 2009 at 3:54 PM
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    Synth or dino is fine as long as you keep your truck maintained at the specified intervals.
     
  13. Aug 15, 2009 at 4:00 PM
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    Incognito

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    Definitely synthetic.
     
  14. Aug 16, 2009 at 5:07 AM
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    ChrisYoTaCoMa

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    I went from regular oil to Valvoline high mileage blend, then I am going full synthetic. It's kinda like weening it to the good stuff. 140K, no leaks, doesn't burn a drop between.
     
  15. Aug 16, 2009 at 8:45 AM
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    do you know the difference between the two?

    read up about what synthetic vs "real" oil


    synthetic makes so much more sense
     
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