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06-06-2009, 12:29 AM #1
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2009 Silverado: top oil brands/types?
The general impression I've always had on engine oil is that they are basically the same, with very slight differences, and it all comes down to personal preference and how successful branding/advertising is to appeal to different audiences.
Now putting that all aside, I am the new owner of what is arguably the best vehicle I have owned in my over 30 years of driving—a 2009 Silverado 1500 Crew Cab with 5.3L V8 and active fuel management. So to me, this is an important decision if there are differences to consider.
I've been a big fan of Pennzoil and Castrol, but that was always due to what I mentioned above, and the fact that my dad always used/uses Pennzoil.
I'm getting for my first oil change and am looking at various dealerships in the area to pick one I hope to be my home dealership (since I bought the vehicle out of state). The top dealerships I'm looking at use Mobil 1 and the other Quaker State, with synthetic blend and synthetic choices.
I looked at an Amsoil site since I understand many people consider them the best. One of their selling points is that the oil is so good you can go a year without changing. Well, I personally like the idea of regular oil changes around 3000 miles for a variety of reasons, so that's not a selling point to me.
I'm curious is there are certain oils considered top choice for the 5.3L V8 in my new Silverado with the fuel management system. I don't know, but I would think that how the engine operates with shutting off 4 cylinders and then starting back up that it might be more important to get the right oil.
Anyone know what comes from the factory, and if it's the best to use?
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06-06-2009, 08:22 AM #2
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If you are going to do extened OCI than I would go synthetic. I am a 3 month 3000 mile guy. I do many short trips. I would run Pennzoil YB with a WIX filter. It is a rock soild combo. There are many choices and there really is not a bad oil on the market.2003 Silverado Z71 Ext Cab 100K
06-06-2009, 12:45 PM #3
I'm an old school 3K - 4K guy myself. What I have leasned over the years is some engines will produce dirty oil in 4K miles and some sooner. All my Toyotas that I've owned over the years would go 4K before showing black dirty oil. I had an Isuzu Rodeo with a 4L direct injection gas engine. This engine produced over 260HP and the Rodeo was a Rocket Ship. I remember racing a brand new Hummer and letting off the gas at 90MPH after the Hummer gave up. LMAO.........This Rodeo would turn the engine oil BLACK in 3K miles. I sold it because I knew the engine could not last making that much grime and dirt in 3K.
What I would do is use a good quality oil and watch the condition of your oil. Shoot for 4K and see how the oil looks at that thime. Most people think I'm crazy but I just cant put that 10 dollar a quart synthetic oil in my rig and drive it for 15 or 20K while looking at black synthetic oil. Just call me old school.Jim
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06-07-2009, 12:08 PM #4
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I use walmarts super tech full synthetic. I have used it in my old 2004 Honda CBR 1000cc Sportbike, A 425hp Mitsubishi Evolution 8 (turbo charged if you dont know) My ex wifes Scion TC, my old Scion xb and my 2008 Silverado the stuff is great and cheap $17.00 for 5 quarts. I also use their oil filters in everything about 3-4.00 each. I did alot of research when I had my Evo 8 and a guy was a oil tester for a large oil copany and it was proven that the super tech performs just as well as Mobile 1 syn. And the filters internals (after cutting open many diffrent brands) were on the top of the scale even near Mobile1 $13.00 filters. I change oil when my sensor say 0% life left or 10k miles.
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06-07-2009, 01:32 PM #5
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As you said it is one selling point. There are many others: performance gains, better fuel economy, better wear protection, and will save you money & time. There is no reason to change your oil every 3000 miles. That is a thing of the past. The only reason people feel they need to is due to the big oil company's pounding that in to our brain. It is now the 21st century with 21st century oils. AMSOIL is the best motor oil on the market today and that is backed up with proof. Mobil 1 should be your second choice(2nd in testing behind AMSOIL), it is a good blended oil. Even using Mobil 1 you are safe to go at least 5k miles per drain interval. AMSOIL also makes their Xl line of oils witch would be just like Mobil 1 products. You can go 7.5K miles or six months with the AMSOIL XL line. This is the product that most quick change places usethat sell AMSOIL.
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06-07-2009, 05:09 PM #6
THE BEST VEHICLE YOU HAVE EVER OWNED? write day and time you said this, frame and pin to the wall. check with it in about 50 000 miles. why do you think that company went boynk?
sorry for being this way, but after working for yrs in TN and AL, i found very widely spread mentality:
dem chevys(fords) best damn vehicles in the world! gramps owned one, pops owned one, i must have one.
forget that gramps and pops had to replace half the truck in 5-6 years and overhaul powertrain continuously - best damn truck in the world, ain't nothing better out there.
same goes for oil changes - gramps did 3000 miles, pops did 3000 miles, i do 3000 miles. almost like music preferences - they shape puberty time.
you ever read what MANUAL says? does it even mention 3000 miles in it? even in harsh conditions, it is 5000.
why do folks LOVE making oil companies richer? stock ownership or something?
dude, i do EASY 10 000 miles changes on Royal Purple and EASY 15 000 miles on Amsoil. with your 3K changes, you pay MORE than i do for 15K, and my engines run BETTER and are CLEANER than yours.
yes, it takes some mental bravery and independence to get out of "gramps and pops" spell. first time i tried Royal Purple, I thought i killed the engine - so quietly it started working. so, dude, take your mind off the oldtimers ways and do it the right way. just as an example, let me tell you something: we have 91, yes, 91 Civic here. under the hood, it says: change oil every 12 000 miles. you have 2009 car and will do 3000?DON'T FIX IT IF IT AIN'T BROK. IF IT'S BROK - FIX RIGHT AWAY.
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06-07-2009, 08:07 PM #7
if i had my choice i would use royal purple my self, and change everything over, but since im still in high school, my dad makes me get penzoil and change it every 3k miles or 6 months, which ever comes first
06-07-2009, 08:39 PM #8
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06-08-2009, 12:08 AM #9
06-08-2009, 12:30 AM #10
im still trying to get the courage to change over to synthetic. i still do the 3,000-4,000 oil changes, i just cant get myself convinced that its ok to leave oil for 10K+ miles. and i always think of the filter, its going to last that long with out getting clogged? i use valvoline premium conventional (5w-30 in the cold months and 10w-30 in the warm months) and a delco filter-Nick
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