05 Camry: what oil to use?

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Old 31 Aug 2005, 05:15 am   #1 (permalink)
Russell
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Default 05 Camry: what oil to use?

The "new" Camry needs to go in for it's first oil change. It gets driven
about 15K miles a year and I intend to get the oil changed (at a very
competent independent mechanic) every 5K miles. The car is in NC and the
driving is about a 50-50 mix of city and highway driving. I expect to keep
the car 8 years or 120000 miles. That being said should use conventional
oil or one of the more expensive synthetics?

Any opinions would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Russell


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Old 31 Aug 2005, 06:36 am   #2 (permalink)
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> The "new" Camry needs to go in for it's first oil change. It gets driven
> about 15K miles a year and I intend to get the oil changed (at a very
> competent independent mechanic) every 5K miles. The car is in NC and the
> driving is about a 50-50 mix of city and highway driving. I expect to
> keep the car 8 years or 120000 miles. That being said should use
> conventional oil or one of the more expensive synthetics?


Answering the question is answering it. Of course, use synthetics. But good
quality synthetics.
And while you are there, use it in the transmission as well.
Wait untill your car is broken in.


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Old 31 Aug 2005, 08:33 am   #3 (permalink)
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"Russell" <russell7702REMOVE@THISearthlink.net> wrote in message
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> The "new" Camry needs to go in for it's first oil change. It gets driven
> about 15K miles a year and I intend to get the oil changed (at a very
> competent independent mechanic) every 5K miles. The car is in NC and the
> driving is about a 50-50 mix of city and highway driving. I expect to

keep
> the car 8 years or 120000 miles. That being said should use conventional
> oil or one of the more expensive synthetics?
>
> Any opinions would be appreciated.


Any good quality oil should be more than sufficient to make only 120,000
miles if you change it every 5000 miles. I have always been satisfied with
Havoline. My Sister has a 1997 Civic. It is just now passing 110,000 miles.
Her oil has been changed whenever the oil change indicator built into the
odometer turns red (which is about every 7500 miles). Her driving is around
50/50 as well. The rest of the car is looking old (paint fading, falling
off, interior worn) but the engine is just fine. Synthetics provide a an
extra margin of protection, but I doubt synthetic oil is economically
justifiable in a relatively mild climate like NC unless you just want to
feel good about the quality of the oil. If you are going to use synthetic
oil, I'd go with Mobil 1.

Ed


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Old 31 Aug 2005, 06:45 pm   #4 (permalink)
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I'd wait til you have more like 10k miles on it to switch to Mobile 1. I
use Penn crude (Quakerstate, Kendall, Pennsoil, Castrol) personnally but I
change ever 3-4k. Use a quality oil filter --- not a <$5 one -- OEM ones are
good, Modile makes one, K&N.

"Russell" <russell7702REMOVE@THISearthlink.net> wrote in message
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> The "new" Camry needs to go in for it's first oil change. It gets driven
> about 15K miles a year and I intend to get the oil changed (at a very
> competent independent mechanic) every 5K miles. The car is in NC and the
> driving is about a 50-50 mix of city and highway driving. I expect to
> keep the car 8 years or 120000 miles. That being said should use
> conventional oil or one of the more expensive synthetics?
>
> Any opinions would be appreciated.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Russell
>



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Old 31 Aug 2005, 09:05 pm   #5 (permalink)
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> Answering the question is answering it. Of course, use synthetics. But
> good


Of course, I meant "asking the question".... LOL


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Old 01 Sep 2005, 09:19 pm   #6 (permalink)
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My mechanic only uses Toyota filters - so that's what I'll be using. The
car has 1200 miles on it. He suggested the first oil change at about 1500
miles. What's the reason for waiting till about 10K miles to switch to a
synthetic?

Russell

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> I'd wait til you have more like 10k miles on it to switch to Mobile 1. I
> use Penn crude (Quakerstate, Kendall, Pennsoil, Castrol) personnally but I
> change ever 3-4k. Use a quality oil filter --- not a <$5 one -- OEM ones
> are good, Modile makes one, K&N.
>
> "Russell" <russell7702REMOVE@THISearthlink.net> wrote in message
> news:WqfRe.4575$9i4.3019@newsread2.news.atl.earthl ink.net...
>> The "new" Camry needs to go in for it's first oil change. It gets driven
>> about 15K miles a year and I intend to get the oil changed (at a very
>> competent independent mechanic) every 5K miles. The car is in NC and the
>> driving is about a 50-50 mix of city and highway driving. I expect to
>> keep the car 8 years or 120000 miles. That being said should use
>> conventional oil or one of the more expensive synthetics?
>>
>> Any opinions would be appreciated.
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Russell
>>

>
>



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Old 02 Sep 2005, 07:58 am   #7 (permalink)
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"Russell" <russell7702REMOVE@THISearthlink.net> wrote in message
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> My mechanic only uses Toyota filters - so that's what I'll be using. The
> car has 1200 miles on it. He suggested the first oil change at about 1500
> miles. What's the reason for waiting till about 10K miles to switch to a
> synthetic?


When synthetics first came in to common usage there was a theory that they
were so slick that they prevented proper break-in of piston rings, which
could lead to excessive oil consumption. It was probably BS then and is
definitely BS now. If you want to use synthetics, there is no reason not to
switch at your first oil change.

See http://www.mobil1.com/USA-English/Mo...ics/Myths.aspx

Ed


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Old 03 Sep 2005, 05:51 am   #8 (permalink)
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You can easily use regular oil. Synthetics will be overkill and expensive
in your non-turbocharged application. Every 5k miles is fine with "dino
juice".


"Russell" <russell7702REMOVE@THISearthlink.net> wrote in message
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> The "new" Camry needs to go in for it's first oil change. It gets driven
> about 15K miles a year and I intend to get the oil changed (at a very
> competent independent mechanic) every 5K miles. The car is in NC and the
> driving is about a 50-50 mix of city and highway driving. I expect to
> keep the car 8 years or 120000 miles. That being said should use
> conventional oil or one of the more expensive synthetics?
>
> Any opinions would be appreciated.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Russell
>



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Old 03 Sep 2005, 06:27 am   #9 (permalink)
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> "Russell" <russell7702REMOVE@THISearthlink.net> wrote in message
> news:WqfRe.4575$9i4.3019@newsread2.news.atl.earthl ink.net...
>> The "new" Camry needs to go in for it's first oil change. It gets driven
>> about 15K miles a year and I intend to get the oil changed (at a very
>> competent independent mechanic) every 5K miles. The car is in NC and the
>> driving is about a 50-50 mix of city and highway driving. I expect to
>> keep the car 8 years or 120000 miles. That being said should use
>> conventional oil or one of the more expensive synthetics?
>>
>> Any opinions would be appreciated.
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Russell
>>


If you absolutely cannot afford a full synthetic (recommended) at least use
a synthetic blend. You would be better off using full synthetic and changing
oil at every 7500 miles, rather than using conventional oil changed at 5000
miles (that will offset some of the extra cost).

Use 5W-30 oil regardless of which type you choose. You can consider
switching to a heavier viscosity when your engine gets a lot of miles and
the valves/rings are showing some serious wear.


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Old 03 Sep 2005, 10:21 am   #10 (permalink)
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Default Re: 05 Camry: what oil to use?

is your car not equipped with an owners manual?
can you not READ it?


"Russell" <russell7702REMOVE@THISearthlink.net> wrote in message
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> The "new" Camry needs to go in for it's first oil change. It gets driven
> about 15K miles a year and I intend to get the oil changed (at a very
> competent independent mechanic) every 5K miles. The car is in NC and the
> driving is about a 50-50 mix of city and highway driving. I expect to

keep
> the car 8 years or 120000 miles. That being said should use conventional
> oil or one of the more expensive synthetics?
>
> Any opinions would be appreciated.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Russell
>
>



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