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Old 05-09-2007, 10:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Lightbulb camry owners! what type of oil do you use?

i just changed my oil yesterday, and i was wondering what type of oil do camry owners on this site use?

ill start off....i use mobil 1 fully synthetic 5W-30
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you are using mobil 1 and that is the very best oil you can use, i believe. BUT it is also aboutt he most expensive so now you have a trade off.
I believe in changing the oil, often, 2000-3000 miles interval. All major oils have to meet the SAE specs (SG, SH, SI, whatever-letter-it-is-up-to this week). So its my belief that it doesnt matter so much WHAt brand you use, its much more important how often you change it. I use mostly havoline and penzoil, sometimes castrol. The engine seems not to like quaker state or valvoline (tick tick tick sound) so i dont use those much.
There is dirt and water in the oil and the longer you leave it in the worse it gets, of course. The filter can only do so much cleaning of the oil, this $3 can of paper is not going to perform any oil cleaning miracles so the only sure way to keep the engine in good shape is change the oil.
Mobil 1 is the very best out there - a dino oil has additives that begin to wear out in just a few hundred miles. And after a few thousand they are pretty much gone. With mobil 1 the additives last much longer, but even this oil can do nothing about dirt and water in the oil. My suggested interval to you, your Mobil 1 = change oil and filter at 5,000 miles. If you go back to dino (and i have gone back and forth from dino to synthetic and back again, many times, on many cars, and have never noticed any ill effects) - 2,000 to 3,000 miles.

BTW i have a 2002 Camry with 90,000 and an 1988 nissan pickup with 300,000 miles that runs like new and passes smog. I change their oil often, of course.

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Most name brand oils will suffice for 5000 miles be it dino or synthetic. The 3000 miles thing is is from the oil companies trying to milk more of your money. Do you think that Toyota engineers would suggest 5000 mile or 7500 mile oil change intervals without doing some research?
they do it for sales reasons, what if you know nothing about cars and are shopping for a car or maybe even a fleet of cars, and toyota is the only one that says change the oil at 3,000? If youre a fleet manager all you see is $$$ out the window.
Moreover if you read the fine print on many if not most automakers owners manuals - they usually state "For severe service driving conditions, change the oil at 3,000 miles". So big deal, who drives severe service anyway? Ans: EVERYONE!
Toyota makes a fine product, about the best or we wouldnt have bought one. But their goals are different from ours! Their goal: Sell cars, stay in business. OUR GOAL: Make this bucket last for a gazillion miles so i dont have to spend another $15 or 20 grand anytime soon!

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Old 05-09-2007, 06:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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05 Camry SE 4 cyl and just passed 30K.. switched it to mobil 1 synthetic 5w-20 when i bought it at 22K.. runs like a champ!
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Mobil 1 is not the very best (AMSOIL and Royal Purple are two brands that have been known to perform better for race cars), but it is far more than sufficient for a daily driver Camry that's not running extreme aftermarket modifications.

I run Mobil 1 10W-30 with a Mobil 1 extended performance filter.
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I always ran mobil 1 full synthetic with a toyota filter in my gen 3 camry, same goes in the solara...
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i usually run mobile oil in mine but switched to royal purple just to try it out. it works well, since its synthetic it leaks a little but i can feel the differance over standard oil.
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I used standard 5W-30 oil in my Gen3.
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Mobil 1 is not the very best (AMSOIL and Royal Purple are two brands that have been known to perform better for race cars), but it is far more than sufficient for a daily driver Camry that's not running extreme aftermarket modifications.

I run Mobil 1 10W-30 with a Mobil 1 extended performance filter.
Oil or other things used in race applications are not always practical or best for a car that will be driven on the street. Race cars are driven harder than most people drive their daily drivers. Thus it is likely that a car used for racing will be maintained more meticulously than what would be practical for your daily driver.

I don't stick with any particular brand of oil. Currently I have Castrol Syntec Blend in my car because it was on sale and cost as much as a Castrol GTX.

Most name brand oils will suffice for 5000 miles be it dino or synthetic. The 3000 miles thing is is from the oil companies trying to milk more of your money. Do you think that Toyota engineers would suggest 5000 mile or 7500 mile oil change intervals without doing some research?

If your Toyota dealer insists that you must use Toyota oil filters to maintain your warranty, insist that they give them to you free of charge since they would be mandated to do so by US law.
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Whoever has 10W-40 on sale at the time of my next oil change.
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Just what I use

Ever since I found out about how up-to-snuff diesel oils have to be, I use Chevron Delo 15W40 and change it religiously at 3000 mile intervals. Just my two cents worth.

(On 1990 V6 Camry, 1997 I4 Camry, and 1991 V6 Chevy Lumina)(The Lumina was fed Delo 15W40 its whole one-owner life and the supervisor at the City Shop that maintained it speaks very highly of it)
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Mobil 1 0w-20 for my hybrid.
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Whatever name brand standard type oil I can find on sale.
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Old 05-14-2007, 03:09 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Mobil 1 5W30 in both my '99 V6 and '04 I4. Toyota filters, as I get the oil changed at the Toyota dealer. They use my Mobil 1 that I purchase at Costco.
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