Another Oil Question

Submitted: Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 09:34
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I have a 2003 Defender (2.5L TDi), which recommends 5W-30, 40 or 50 oils.

Which one should I be using? They all seem to be the most expensive on the shelves.

Oil change interval is 5000km.

Thanks all
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Reply By: Banjo - Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 09:55

Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 09:55
Yep - the 'good oils' all seem around $6 / litre - I use Castrol Magnatec (10W-40).
Other than looking for specials on your 5w-30, the other avenue is buying it in 20L drums at lower prices (but not all oils come in 10's and 20's. Some of the drums don't represent a saving either. Bit of research required. Re the 5000k changes - thats good. A lot of us do that anyway, even when 10000 is recommended (seeing that recommendation comes from people who are hoping to sell you some repairs down the track - its what they do aftermarket - I don't say they are all necessarily dishonest - just disgustingly biased !). Try the trucking supply outlets - they are used to pricing for long haulers who need to make every cent count AND the oils they sell are designed for intervals around 25000K (I used Castrol all synthetic Dynamax at 10W-40 for awhile but could not really save money on it - there might be a 5w-30 though its a bit thin for trucks maybe). BOL.
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Follow Up By: tcp_ip_boy - Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 10:07

Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 10:07
thanks for that.

The recommended for landrovers is now 20000k's - bit far for my liking, specially if I want to keep it for more than 100000k's

Does anyone know of any decent shops for oil in Sydney? I have only ever bought from places like K-Mart, but never any high-grade oils.
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Follow Up By: Baz (NSW) - Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 10:45

Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 10:45
If your near Parramatta, try the Shell refinery service station at the back of Rosehill racecourse at Camellia if they are still there, it's cheaper there too, as long as you don't mind using Shell i used it when i was racing bikes they also sell in bulk 10l, 20l and so on.

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Reply By: Member - Bob - Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 11:28

Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 11:28
I thought the 2003 Defender had the TD5 motor. This runs on synthetic oil and the oil change interval is 20,000 km! At least it is in my 03 TD5 Disco.
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Reply By: marcus - Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 16:34

Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 16:34
Hi tcp_ip_boy,
The 2003 Defender should be running the TD5 diesel which due to it's centrifigul secondary oil filter can take 20,000klm oil changes.Most people are happy enough to change oil and filter at 10,000 on these vehicles.I had been doing my own changes using the Castrol formula R 5w30 but for the last major service at the Landrover specialists i consulted them about "which oil".I was advised that TXT Softec was the correct oil for the TD5 so have taken their advise on board as these people really know their stuff.
Cheers mark
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Follow Up By: Aston - Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 18:34

Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 18:34
Hi tcp_ip_boy,

Take marcus's tip,

Use either Softec +, or Formula R. in any Td5

A particular mate of mine is a Rover Service manager and he has told me that they have quiet a few vehicles with over 200,000kms on them and they are still using Softec and are not burning any between changes.

There is an old addage that the people that designed and made the car know a lot more than we do.

Have a look at this site

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Cheers Aston
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Reply By: Member - Alan- Monday, Jul 26, 2004 at 12:34

Monday, Jul 26, 2004 at 12:34
Looks like different service managers in different states recommend diferent oils for the same motor.
Barbagallo the main stealers in WA do my Defender Td5, and they recommend Castrol Magnatec which as far as I know is a semi synthetic.
Castrol themselves say that Magnatec is recommended by Land Rover as it has the correct start up specifications.
Whatever, I won't let mine go 20,000 between filter and oil changes, 10,000 is quite long enough to my old fashioned thinking, centrifrugal spinners or not!
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