Synthetic oil for GU 3.0 TD ???

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 16, 2005 at 19:40
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Anyone out there with a Patrol 3.0Tdi using a synthetic engine oil!!!

Always believed it be better but not sure how that relates to the 3.0Tdi.

Currently using Castrol RX Super as recommended by my dealer. I change it every 5000k's

cheers

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Reply By: bob - Thursday, Jun 16, 2005 at 19:58

Thursday, Jun 16, 2005 at 19:58
Hi Andrew
Ive got a 2001 3.0TD 120000km (mobile hand granade acording to some) have only used Castrol Magnatec and the car continues to run well. Dont now if synthetic would be of any beneft.
Regards
Bob
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Reply By: Member - Paul P (Bris) - Thursday, Jun 16, 2005 at 20:32

Thursday, Jun 16, 2005 at 20:32
Andrew

Nissan know supply a semi synthetic for the 3.0Tdi engine as a genuine part. I have been using that. It is resonably priced from the dealer spare parts outlet.

Regards

Paul
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Reply By: Pattio - Thursday, Jun 16, 2005 at 22:23

Thursday, Jun 16, 2005 at 22:23
Hi Andrew
My dealer says Nissan recomends synthetic as a fix to help prevent the problem with the early motors. I am running a Castrol sythetic, supplied by the dealer in my 01 3.0Tdi. They claim same specs as Nissan oil but less $$$. It makes sense to me as
the oil seems much finer. Time will tell.
Regards
Chris
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Reply By: Member - 'Lucy' - Friday, Jun 17, 2005 at 00:19

Friday, Jun 17, 2005 at 00:19
Andrew

Check out post 23421 and it will give you an idea or two.

The author of that post is currently 'out of town', however you can member msg him and I know he will definitely contact you on his returm.

His rig has one of everything imaginable in/on it.

Regards

Ken Robinson
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew(WA) - Friday, Jun 17, 2005 at 00:22

Friday, Jun 17, 2005 at 00:22
Thanks Ken
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Reply By: Martyn (WA) - Friday, Jun 17, 2005 at 21:35

Friday, Jun 17, 2005 at 21:35
Andrew,
I run a full synthetic in both my Range Rover and my Nissan Patrol 3.0 TD. I'm the WA distributor for a US brand of Synthetic oil which I can't mention for obvious reasons. have done for quite a while now. If you want more details contact me via the message facility and I can supply as reqd, I'll do you a reasonable price as well. I can supply all the diff oils and G/box oils as well if you require. It's good stuff even though I say so myself.
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Reply By: Brendon Soo - Sunday, Jun 19, 2005 at 19:30

Sunday, Jun 19, 2005 at 19:30
Hi Andrew,

I have a 2001 GUII Nissan Patrol 3.0Lt TD Auto and have now clocked up 70,000kms.

The truck has been running Shell full synthetic for about 2 years and it seems to be going excellent and returning good fuel economy. FYI, I change the oil and filter every 10,000kms.

Have a look at my truck at:
http://home.exetel.com.au/brendonsoo/

Kind regards,

Brendon Soo
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew(WA) - Sunday, Jun 19, 2005 at 20:51

Sunday, Jun 19, 2005 at 20:51
Great pics Brendon..you have real go anywhere truck there!

This oil you use, is it a 15W/40? or what.

Do you know if Nissan are OK with it, warranty wise?

And that last picture of your car all clean...was that before the bush bashing started or had it been detailed? I noticed you had Cooper S/T's in the last pic the others pics show BFG's I think...what's the story there?

Cheers

Andrew !MPG:5!
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Reply By: Brendon Soo - Sunday, Jun 19, 2005 at 23:15

Sunday, Jun 19, 2005 at 23:15
Hi Andrew,


I use Shell Helix Ultra 5W-40. The truck is now 1 year out of Nissan’s manufacturer’s warranty - so I am not adhering to the low grade oil that the manual subscribes to.


The last picture was just taken last week after some loving post a camping trip to Abercrombie National Park! Brilliant white typically hides everything plus we regularly polish and wax with Maguire’s.


I have run many sets of tires including BFG AT’s and Yokohama MT’s. The Coopers Discoverer ST’s however are my mainstay set and are the absolute best!

Brendon Soo

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Follow Up By: woddonnee - Sunday, Jun 19, 2005 at 23:26

Sunday, Jun 19, 2005 at 23:26
G'day Brenden
I'm puzzled over the white doesn't look dirty theory, a couple of guys at work commented when I bought my Blue patrol that it would be hard to keep clean, they mentioned that their white cars never looked dirty. When I park next to them their white cars with brown dirt look much dirtier than my blue car with brown dirt. If I go out to an italian restaurant I do not wear a white shirt, white shows everything.
What am I missing here???
Cheers
Rod
By the way I like white cars to :-)
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Follow Up By: Brendon Soo - Monday, Jun 20, 2005 at 08:43

Monday, Jun 20, 2005 at 08:43
Hi Rod,

Dirt aside, white just does not show the "scratches" or dull so much. You really need to take a much closer look to actually see the superficial scratches as a result of driving through the bush.

Kind regards,

Brendon Soo
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Follow Up By: woddonnee - Monday, Jun 20, 2005 at 09:09

Monday, Jun 20, 2005 at 09:09
G'day Brendon
Your definately correct about the fading (and probably the scrathing), white reflects most so fades least.
cheers
Rod
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