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Old 11-07-2008, 11:55 PM   #1
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Question Best synthetic for HOT weather?

Well, with my Yaris turning 8k km yesterday, I guess it's time to start getting ready for my incoming oil change.

The dealer schedules an oil change every 10k kms (6213.71 miles), and I'm wondering if at that mileage I can make the switch to synthetic, or if it would be better to go with a synthetic blend for now, and then switch to full synthetic?

Also, I'd like to know which oil would be best to use in a country that averages ~35C on a normal sunny day. Brand recommendations are very welcome, but since I probably won't have engine oil shipped from the US to Panama, I'm most likely to go with the best brand I can find locally.

Thanks in advance =)
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Old 11-08-2008, 01:11 AM   #2
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see the posts below for reference , such as REASON TO CHANGE FACTORY FILL SOONER , PENNZOIL Platinum : U.O.A. for '07 YARIS , Q.S synthetic thread , SHELL synthetic post or others . Many different views on this subject . I would stick with a 5w-30 , be it conventional ( regular ) , a syn-blend , or all synthetic . GOOD LUCK
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Old 11-08-2008, 05:04 AM   #3
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I'd keep it stock oil.
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Old 11-08-2008, 06:11 AM   #4
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Is it too early for a switch to syn?
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Old 11-08-2008, 12:03 PM   #5
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depends on how much a quart of oil cost in your area . What brands are available ? A syn-blend or full synthetic be fine at 5,000 miles or > . I'd stay at 5w-30 due to high temps and humidity . Do you do quite a bit of city driving ? Stuck in slow moving traffic , stop and go driving ? Then a good all synthetic engine oil would help that situation .
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Old 11-08-2008, 01:54 PM   #6
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I'm very happy with Motul 300V 5W-30 here in Socal weather and traffic.
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Old 11-08-2008, 02:29 PM   #7
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I switched to synth, love it.
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Old 11-08-2008, 04:48 PM   #8
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I drive like 90% city driving. LOTS of stop-and-go (never live in Panama, traffic is HELL) with about 25mph max for a couple min, then stop.

When traffic is lighter, I rarely ever go past 65mph.
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Old 11-08-2008, 08:33 PM   #9
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all syn then . 5w-30 .
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Old 11-08-2008, 08:51 PM   #10
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AMSoil 5w-30.

Check your MANUAL for recommended change intervals, NOT the dealership, the lowest denominator typically works behind the counter...
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Old 11-08-2008, 11:00 PM   #11
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Here they do not recommend going lower than 30... right now I am using 5w-40, heck the workshop wanted to put in 5w-50!
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Old 11-09-2008, 06:37 AM   #12
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I asked the dealer to put synthetic in on the first oil change(8000kms),he happily complied and the car is now on a permanent diet of Mobil1.
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Old 11-10-2008, 10:51 AM   #13
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Thanks alot for the input guys =)

I'll be on the lookout for 5W-30. The brand debate is everywhere else in the forum, so I won't start another one here
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Old 11-10-2008, 01:08 PM   #14
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I'm very happy with Motul 300V 5W-30 here in Socal weather and traffic.
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Old 11-10-2008, 01:09 PM   #15
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BTW you MPG looks low - is this all city S+G driving? You should be seeing 30+ with a average driving style.
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Old 12-19-2008, 01:01 AM   #16
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BTW you MPG looks low - is this all city S+G driving? You should be seeing 30+ with a average driving style.
Tell me about it... to top it off I have a 1.3 yaris instead of a 1.5 like most of you guys, I really don't know what's up with that.
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Old 12-19-2008, 01:07 AM   #17
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im loving my royal purple 5w30
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Old 12-19-2008, 01:23 AM   #18
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Using amsoil 5w-30 high performance fully synthetic oil. Cost me nearly 60 bucks for 4 quarts of oil and a K&N oil filter.
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