Jackaroo diesel oils

Submitted: Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 11:47
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Hi there, A while ago I queried about correct engine oils for 3.0ltrITD Jackaroos in regard to difficult starting in cold conditions. Main consensus indicated I should be using 10w-30 API grade engine oil, fine, now can any W.A. owner tell me where to get it?? The label under the bonnet says use 10w-30 API; Holden agents I have contacted use 15w-40 which is what we have been running on since new. My reliable local bloke has been trying to access 10w-30 from the main oil companies and has been told it is not approved for diesel engines, the only suitable product he could locate was Magnetic at $75.00 for 5 litres which is a bit excessive. I know you other siders are much more technologically advanced than us poor Sandgropers, but we've still got the best 4WD country! Any assistance would be much appreciated! Jackaroo.
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Reply By: Dion - Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 14:11

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 14:11
Magnatec is an excellent choice, it's a 10-40W, as 5 litres is insufficient to change oil in the Jack, get a 20L drum, last 20Ldrum of Magnatec I brought was about $120.
Other alternative is BP C6 Global Plus, you must make sure it is the plus, to be 10-40, not sure about the price for a 20L, but believe it is comparable in price.
There is a mobil 4x4 which is 10-40 but doesn't quite meet the specs.
Also a Shell Helix diesel oil that is a 10-40 as well, not sure if the Shell and Mobil are available in 20L drums.
Jack, if you're still having trouble obtaining oil, give ma an email on


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Reply By: Old Jack - Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 16:51

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 16:51
hope you can find some of the following oils
Castrol Formula R 5-30 synthetic B3/B4(stay in grade 10,000k oil change intervals)
Castrol magnatec as described above has only a B3 rating
(diesel indirect injection long stayin grade oil)
castrol softec TXT (0w-30w?) is the recomended oil for very cold climate (B3/B4)

Shell Helix Ultra 5-40 synthetic Has B3/ B4 rating(B4 means direct injection stayin grade)
Modil synth S 10w-40w semi synthetic

for 5000klm oil change intervals shell Eco 10 (10w-30w), common oil for new falcon & commodore meets the spec for jackaroo.

there are others. The choice between going synthetic and just mineral oil comes down to price differance between more cost less often(synthetic oil and long stay in or short stayin and more frequent oil & filter changes
also what sort of use you jack is getting.

check the specification for at least a B3 rating or better still B4 with the oils for long drain intervals and you probably cant go wrong!

I hold no bias towards any of the above oil brands, they just got jotted down in the order they came to me!
Hope you can find some of these!

Happy travelling
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Reply By: Brian- Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 17:03

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 17:03
Hi Jack,

E-mail me. I should be able to help you. brian@brianrogers.net


Brian Rogers.
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Reply By: SweatsonArmstrong - Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 22:31

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 22:31
Sus out Penrite Oils - www.penrite.com.au - they have a good range of very high quality oils that will surprise you in how well they perform. There is much to be learnt about oils generally it seems.

good luck
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Reply By: pathfinder - Thursday, Nov 27, 2003 at 08:46

Thursday, Nov 27, 2003 at 08:46
Magnatec is only about $25/5l or $100/20l depending on where you buy it...and it's good gear...
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Reply By: Member - Darryl - Thursday, Nov 27, 2003 at 09:15

Thursday, Nov 27, 2003 at 09:15
Jackaroo, i have 2000 t/d and have been running penrite 5w 40 for two years changing every 5000 km .Starts no problems in southwest WA winters 2deg 5deg no worries.The oil is available in 20 ltr drums if you need economy purchase

Regards Darryl out in the scrub and loving it !!
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Follow Up By: Jackaroo - Thursday, Nov 27, 2003 at 14:50

Thursday, Nov 27, 2003 at 14:50
Many thanks to everyone, I was overwhelmed by helpful replies. With your help and some internet research I was able to source about eight of the recommended oils. Have just shoved in some Magnatec and will see how it goes, going to be a few months before we get any cold weather now though. Highest price was Shell Rimula Ultra 10w-40 at $206 for 20 litres. Lowest price was $80.29 for BP Vanellus C6 Global Plus. Which brings up the question is there that much difference or do we get what we pay for??? Happy travelling, Jackaroo.
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