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Synthetic or Reg. Oil

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Niknaq, Jul 9, 2009.

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Synthetic or regular Oil

Poll closed Aug 8, 2009.
  1. Synthetic

    159 vote(s)
    81.1%
  2. Regular

    37 vote(s)
    18.9%
  1. Jul 9, 2009 at 9:07 AM
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    Niknaq

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    Hello everybody,

    My truck is going to be delivered to me any day now and I was wondering about the advantages of synthetic oil.

    Is it worth spending the extra money and does it really make a difference?

    Thanks
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  2. Jul 9, 2009 at 9:14 AM
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    Incognito

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    Heck yeah, go with synthetic all the way. Almost EVERYBODY on here would agree. ;)
     
  3. Jul 9, 2009 at 9:21 AM
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    grivera

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    synthetic...BTW, this topic has been beaten to death, do a search
     
  4. Jul 9, 2009 at 9:31 AM
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    Burgman

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  5. Jul 9, 2009 at 10:29 AM
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    neslerrah

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    Synthetic. I run Mobil1, just what I like my truck to run on.
     
  6. Jul 9, 2009 at 11:52 AM
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    It's all a personal preference my friend...

    The most important thing is....it's a good thing you're changing your oil/filter & doing it regularly.

    It's kinda like spoiling yourself with prime rib instead of having a burger.;)
     
  7. Jul 9, 2009 at 11:57 AM
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    I only run regular cause toyota is still giving me free oil changes. once that is done synthetic all the way!
     
  8. Jul 9, 2009 at 12:15 PM
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    Like an unwanted redheaded step child. Come on, get it right. ;)

    Syn all the way. You won't notice it as much on a newer truck, but I could tell the difference immensely on my 91 corolla when it came time to change the oil again. Syn would make the engine sound normal, but reg would make it raspy and hard.

    It's worth every penny says I.
     
  9. Jul 9, 2009 at 12:18 PM
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    When you are pulling up a steep, long switched back, south slope on a hot afternoon, you well be glad you have a good quality synthetic oil in the pan.
     
  10. Jul 9, 2009 at 1:01 PM
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    devils advocate:

    if your changing your oil every 5k, do you really need synthetics? i say change your filter at the same time and call it a day w/ dino.

    besides "everyone agrees", what engineering facts support that synthetics are soooo much better than dino if changed every 5k? I would really like to know.
     
  11. Jul 9, 2009 at 1:23 PM
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    steviestyles

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    I use synthetic (Pennzoil Platinum), but have contemplated going back to dino since our oil change interval is only 5K. Since I don't tow, off road, or drive in extreme conditions, I'm not getting the real benefits of using synthetic.
     
  12. Jul 9, 2009 at 2:06 PM
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    I am old school and change every 3K - so no need for synth for me, I run regular 5w30 with confidence. In 1989, when most of you were on your momma's teet, I bought a new Z-28 and I still have it, changed the oil every 3K and it sits in my garage now with 351,000 miles, original engine, never been opened past a timing chain.

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  13. Jul 9, 2009 at 2:44 PM
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    I run syn in all my toys past, present and future...
     
  14. Jul 9, 2009 at 2:46 PM
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    see, thats what im saying...my dad got a new volvo 240DL back in '88, at the beginning of this year he turned over 568,000 miles on the original engine. same thing, only opened the engine for a timing belt. but then his head blew right after that, so no more original engine, but over half a million miles on dino changed every 3k says something!!
     
  15. Jul 9, 2009 at 2:54 PM
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    You have GOT to be kidding. ANOTHER synth/dino thread? What, did the search function stop working?
     
  16. Jul 9, 2009 at 2:56 PM
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    but the following been answered?(i only ask because i never really read these types of threads....)

    "besides "everyone agrees", what engineering facts support that synthetics are soooo much better than dino if changed every 5k? I would really like to know."
     
  17. Jul 9, 2009 at 2:57 PM
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    ^Yes, it has, over and over again. If you want the answer, do your own oil studies as I and others have. Synth shows lower wear metals.

    Besides, that doesn't explain why there's yet another synth/dino thread.
     
  18. Jul 9, 2009 at 3:05 PM
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    cool. so what is "lower"? is the wear on the engine still within spec with these "higher" wear metal dino oil?

    i guess my thing is, if your changing every 3k or even 5k, i dont really see any point in spending all that extra money...
     
  19. Jul 9, 2009 at 3:19 PM
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    First things first:

    Regardless of what you run, regular oil changes are far more important than synth vs dino.

    Second things second:

    Search.

    Third things third:

    Synthetic arguably has every advantage over dino oil except cost. Decide which is more important to you. There's your answer.
     
  20. Jul 9, 2009 at 3:20 PM
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    I used to work for a company that manufactured 90% of the oil and transmission coolers for the Class 8 truck market (Peterbuilt, Kenworth, Freightliner, Volvo White, Mack, etc) and I will NEVER RUN non Sythetic oil ever again. We had test coolers and warranty coolers that showed why perfectly. The coolers that ran synthetic with 300,000 miles astill looked new on the inside while the ones that ran non synthetic looked were all caked up with black sludge at 100,000 miles.
     
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