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Old 08-01-2008, 12:43 AM   #1
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I Have a 97 Z/71 that i bought new. It now has nearly 111,000 miles and is time for an oil change. I have never missed changing the oil every 3,000 miles. I was thinking of switching to synthetic oil. My question is, is it necessary to continue changing the oil every 3,000 miles or canI go for a longer duration between changes?
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Old 08-01-2008, 12:45 AM   #2
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Old 08-01-2008, 08:49 PM   #3
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synthetics give you the advantage of extending oil changes.

but why would you want to switch if your current oil is doing so well ?
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Old 08-02-2008, 10:26 AM   #4
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stick with your current schedule and mineral oil unless you are magically changing your driving routine after all these years. frequent (3-5k miles )mineral oil changes are fine. use synthetic if the manufacturer call for it ( chevy doesnt ) or you are pulling some really heavy stuff a lot. otherwise it will be a waste of money. even with synthetic, i wouldnt go past 10k miles. at more than twice the cost of mineral oil, there usually is not more than twice the benefit as mineral oil so usually just a waste of money, again, unless it is specified. anyone trying to sell you on synthetic, check the original source, they are prolly trying to profit from you. imho in your situation, not needed.
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Old 08-02-2008, 10:37 AM   #5
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I think it depends heavily on the application.I switched to Mobil 1 synthetic in my boat (VolvoPenta 5.0 liter) after I broke in the new engine, I saw improvements in top speed and better fuel efficiency at normal cruise.

I also used it in my Maxima, and saw a slight fuel economy gain and went to a 5000mile schedule with the oil changes.

In my old Bronco (5.8 liter) I still use regular oil. The old girl has over 162,000 on the clock and is still running smooth and strong. I don't see any point in changing now.

My Harley mechanic swears by regular oil for Harleys. I asked for synthetic on my first visit and he talked me out of it. Basically, he said just use regular oil and stick to the manufacturer's recommended schedule. He said he'd be glad to take my money if I insisted on the synthetic, but he assured me that he and all the other mechanics in the shop use regular oil.
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Mine takes synthetic andthe computercalls for an oil change at 10,000-15,000 miles depending upon how hard I've driven it. I've only got 65k miles, but it still runs like new.
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