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Old 05-27-2009, 06:58 PM
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So I'm hitting the point where I'll be doing this car's first oil change under my ownership. Apparently it's ahd all it's scheduled oil changes at the Volvo dealership. I'm not sure what they use, though. I've heard it can be bad to run a car on regular oil for 100k miles and then all of a sudden switch to synthetic, or visa versa. What's your take on this? Also, what oil would you recommend for a '01 T5? I take it that these cars take about 5 qts?
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Oil is a subjective thing.... I think most on here DO recommend using synthetic oil for sure on any Turbo model. I use Castory Synthec 5w/30 on my turbo 850, but royal Purple, Mobil 1 or Valvoline are good oils.
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and once again, there is NO RISK with switching to synthetic at ANY MILEAGE. It can only help your engine in the long run.....
Just go to walmart and pick up some mobil1 or castrol syntec.. save yourself money and trouble..
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PS. if you wonder how much oil it takes, check your manual.. it can be surprisingly much.. my s80 takes something like 7.6qt's
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I used Pennzoil Platinum in my old S70 and will use it in my S60 when the time comes.
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I think you'll find on all the postings for the S60 and V70 sections (Model Year 2001 and above have same engine and auto transmission) that synthetic oil is the choice over regular oil........you can read those postings for more details. But obviously, regular oil is o.k. too but lacking in certain additional benefits from the synthetic.
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Ohhhhhh this question. It's super subjective. People th ink that synthetic is going to change their lives and make the car better. Maybe 15-20 years ago. These days synthetic and regular oil are on the same mevel in all fields except one. Amount of time you can use it for.

If I may make one suggestion. Diesel oil like Rotella T. The diesel oils are designed for vehicles that constantly run and often go very very long between oil changes. And when a engine does go bad, it costs 15,000 to rebuild one plus the down time. They are also API certitified and contain elements that promote longevity of engine components.

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One complication concerning diesel oils are the high amount of detergents.. some would say possibly too much for a gas engine.. I cant vouch for this but in this case its probably easier and safer to stick with regular petrol intended oil..
Also, if I remember right from my Diesel Mitsubishi, the oil turns black very soon after putting it in, meaning you have no real way of assessing sludging, wear, oil life etc...

And while modern conventional or 'dino' oils are of a great quality, they in no way can be compared to synth.. apart from length of life, as far as I understand, synthetic has a different detergent mix.. If this helps is also subjective..

In the end, the main thing is just changing the oil very regularly... I personally choose full synthetic but it is a personal choice as was mentioned before..
In my mind though, I wouldnt pay $15 for a galon of conventional dino oil knowing I can get synthetic for $20
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I think the easiest thing is READ you OWNERS MANUAL. There are many Oils, additives,etc....The type of oil you should use for your Vehicle is in there. You just have to pic a manufacturer. Remember also that most of the oils out there are the same. They all just come up with catchy names or gimmicks so when they make their tv commercial, you remember it and go buy theirs...Volvo Spent Millions of Dollars developing a car and also reccomend what oils to use. This is a good website for some info, http://www.carbibles.com/engineoil_bible.html but then engineers for Volvo came up with an oil for the tolerances of your car. Stick to the Car Manual and also read up on different oils. Take also info from members and the oils they use, and also ask why they like the oil they use. I have used Castrol Synthec on my past 3 cars and the price is good. My motorcycle (buell) uses Amsoil 20/50.. Harley motors run hot and also are air cool. I wanted an oil that would help with lubrication and also keep operation temp a little lower than fossil oils. Good Luck in your search< and keep us updated on what you find.
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Ohhhhhh this question. It's super subjective. People th ink that synthetic is going to change their lives and make the car better. Maybe 15-20 years ago. These days synthetic and regular oil are on the same mevel in all fields except one. Amount of time you can use it for.

If I may make one suggestion. Diesel oil like Rotella T. The diesel oils are designed for vehicles that constantly run and often go very very long between oil changes. And when a engine does go bad, it costs 15,000 to rebuild one plus the down time. They are also API certitified and contain elements that promote longevity of engine components.

http://motorcycleinfo.calsci.com/Oils1.html
Well, additionally, use of the synthetic oil helps a bit on conservation of our natural resources over the fossel oil, if one has that particular bent in their decision process.
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