It's your call, just about all of the vehicles we worked on in the shop were and are old Toyota's so whatever oil they were given was semi-synthetic unless they brought their own.I forgot to add that my vehicle is a 95 V6 Camry. As the original owner in 24 years of oil changes, it seems prudent to maintain the “Dino” type oil in the car for a while longer.
No one said an engine will self-destruct if switching to synthetic. But there have been instances where oil consumption increases when switching to synthetic on engines with a lot of mileage on them before the switch. "Instances" means that it has happened, but does not mean it will always happen. Even if it only happens 5% of the time (on an older car with a lot of mileage), that may not be a risk that someone wants to take.Switched to semi-syn, then full syn on my old '99. No issues, better for the engine. The whole "your engine will self-destruct if you change the oil type" horsesh!t is internet horsesh!t.
Variable valve timing? We're talking Gen3 Camry here... dinosaur-approved technology only in that car.
I would say that using a synthetic blend is lot less risky than switching to a full synthetic on an older car. That is because synthetic blend oils only have at most 25% synthetic oil in them (most probably have less).It's your call, just about all of the vehicles we worked on in the shop were and are old Toyota's so whatever oil they were given was semi-synthetic unless they brought their own.