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Old 09-27-2003, 11:03 AM
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2k Mile Oil Changes - Cheap oil??

Am considering going to oil changes every 2k miles in the 300DT using the cheapest Walmart oil and the cheapest (probably Mann) filters I can find.

Reason being, it's easy to look at the OD and say "oops, it's an even #, need to change oil". Do this on the Olds with 186k on it, seems to work fine, but it's filters are $1.99, not $7.99.

Or just change once every other month and mark on the calendar a Saturday that we're NOT running or shooting a match.

Or..., do the original plan and go with Synths every 3k and just keep a record of mileage (a novel concept, but one that goes ignored by me quite often, hence the "change on even turnovers".)???

Oil has been talked to death here I know (been lurking for a long time), but this is kind of a different slant on it.
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Old 09-27-2003, 11:41 AM
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What year 300DT?
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Old 09-27-2003, 01:17 PM
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What year 300DT?
'84
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Old 09-27-2003, 01:24 PM
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Mobil 1 15w50 every 5k is my vote, or Delvac 1300 at 2.5k.

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Old 09-27-2003, 01:28 PM
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dino oil every 3k.

easy to remember (mileage divisible by 3) and 1/2 the cost of synth. 2k is a little too frequent. you gain nothing from doing it that soon.

everyone goes gaga over synth, but the reality of it is that regardless of what oil you put in your car, you need to change it out. it is, in fact, more important to refresh your oil than whether you use synth or dino. which is why you MUST chage oil frequently and regularly. religiously if possible. if you're leaving it in for 5-6k that's just plain laziness. if you don't race your car you don't need the high heat capacity that synth offers.

if you DIY, an oil change should cost you no more than $30 depending on the oil capacity of your car. for synth, figure that the oil will cost you 2x the price of dino.

if you REALLY want to change every 2K definitely go with dino.
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It's pretty easy to write milage down on a slip and keep it in your glove compartment, and you sure should use a diesel grade oil like Dello 400........
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