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post #1 of 23 Old 11-28-2012, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
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Engine Oil Questions/Discussion

Out here in the middle east, its all metric units - km's.

Whenever I go for a oil change outside (Rapid oil change or some other place other than dealer), they will ask -

"You want 3000 km's oil or 5000 km's oil?"

What they actually mean is that 3000 km's oil - next service after 3000 km and the respective for 5000 km...

I have only tried 5000 km...


I really wonder whats the difference...
I dont expect the technicians to know more... so do they actually mean 3000 miles oil and 5000 miles oil - but they say km to attract customers in shorter intervals...

What i really mean to ask is that, i always felt the oil does not get dirty even if i exceed the stated odo by 1500 kms...

whats going on :P


just another sub-question - how do i know if my oil has done its work and is due for changing by visual inspection? [i never saw black oil - i only saw orange-brown oil :P]
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What's the cost difference between the 3K and 5K oil changes? Is it with conventional or synthetic oil? If its not much just keep going with 5K. Following the regular intervals stated by Nissan are your best recommendation.
I've run Castrol Syntec 0w30 for 16000kms and it came out orange brown still! A good indication to find out if your oil needs changing is a visual check, so if its below the minimum mark and black, change it!
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all these r conventional...

i dont know the cost difference... because i never tried the 3K one :P

regarding my oil levels, its almost near the full/high mark when the car is due for service :P
nor does it turn black :P

sometimes i wonder... did i have to change the oil :P
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Oh btw,

my friend found another shop that offers 10K oil.
we dont know if its synthetic/synthetic blend/conventional... but it was more costly...



what would be good on a versa - synthethic blend or synthetic or conventional considering the following factors 'individually'--

-Cost [which is least expensive, moderately expesnive, most expensive]
-Performance [BEST fuel economy, good fuel economy, relatively BAD fuel economy]
-maintenance intervals [Longest maintenance interval, moderate maintenance interval, shortest maintenance interval]

by comparing the above 3 oils with above 3 factors.. we can write a tiny article which many users can read :P


if i were to switch to synthetic, can i directly switch or i have to put synthetic blend for the first time...

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trying my best not to spam :P

but i made a spreadsheet, which does not have the correct info...
if someone can update it with the correct info, we all can obtain some nice info about engine oils.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...1JoMGZqbWpZSGc

open the sheet and u'll understand what info im searching for :P
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I threw in my two cents.
Here in Canada, Nissan specifies oil changes every 6000km for my Versa and Altima. Hmmm Altima due this week, now 114000km!

08 Versa SL hatch 1.8 manual TRADED 288516km Muffler delete video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIl3p...ature=youtu.be
09 Altima 2.5S cvt NEW [email protected] WRITTEN OFF at 139k 34.4mpgImp. https://www.nissanversaforums.com/non...09-altima.html
13 Charger SXT 3.6 8sp ZFauto 89000km
01 Sentra XE manual, parted ways at 313000km
72 Datsun 1200 Deluxe two door sedan manual, took a beatin' while I learned to drive
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just another last last question :P

im currently on conventional.

i want to switch to synthetic.

can i directly switch or do i have to put synthetic blend once and then put synthetic the next time?
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Interesting: What Will Happen Switching From Synthetic Motor Oil to Conventional

2011 Super Black Nissan Versa 1.8s Hatchback
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and this: Switching From Conventional Motor Oil to Mobil 1

2011 Super Black Nissan Versa 1.8s Hatchback
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i went directly from conventional to synth

08 Versa SL hatch 1.8 manual TRADED 288516km Muffler delete video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIl3p...ature=youtu.be
09 Altima 2.5S cvt NEW [email protected] WRITTEN OFF at 139k 34.4mpgImp. https://www.nissanversaforums.com/non...09-altima.html
13 Charger SXT 3.6 8sp ZFauto 89000km
01 Sentra XE manual, parted ways at 313000km
72 Datsun 1200 Deluxe two door sedan manual, took a beatin' while I learned to drive
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