Picking up duramax today what oil are you guys using - Chevy Colorado & GMC Canyon
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Picking up duramax today what oil are you guys using

What oil are you guys running on the 2.8 diesel . is anyone using ams oil Euro car or castrol slx c3

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Look for Dexos2 oil. You may have to order it online.

Side comment, seems to me the oil spec is a lot more about the emissions system than actually lubricating the engine these days. If not for emissions, good old Rotella T6 would be more than just fine.
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Yea t6 is good use to use it in my wrx seen oil analysis reports on it. Did very well. Lets see how long I last before scrapping emissions system. I seen every manufacture get destroied by emissions. Work for mta

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I used GM oil as part of the free oil changes to start with. Then Pennzoil Platinum Euro L 5w30, which is available at walmart for 22.47 for 5q jug.

I used Rotella T6 5-40 synthetic in my old 6.6 duramax for 287k miles befire i turned it in, also in wifes & my old Jetta TDI's for about 350k miles combined between the two. Unfortunately the Rotella is NOT dexos2, so use at your own risk if you want GM to warranty any potential engine work.

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Coincidentally mine is getting built this week. I'd have no problem using Pennzoil Platinum Euro L 5w30 if it shows up at my WalMArt. But seeing as I have a VW Tdi I'll go with Mobil1 ESP 5w-30 because it meets both Dexos2 and VW 507.00.

However, I'm going to ask for a case of Dexos2 when I go to pick the truck up . We'll see how that pans out.

Check out this relative oil comparison tool. Pretty interesting. Dexos2 is under GM/Opel.

https://online.lubrizol.com/relperftool/pc.html

According to the tool, VW 507.00 would actually be superior to the Dexos2.
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Coincidentally mine is getting built this week. I'd have no problem using Pennzoil Platinum Euro L 5w30 if it shows up at my WalMArt. But seeing as I have a VW Tdi I'll go with Mobil1 ESP 5w-30 because it meets both Dexos2 and VW 507.00.

However, I'm going to ask for a case of Dexos2 when I go to pick the truck up . We'll see how that pans out.

Check out this relative oil comparison tool. Pretty interesting. Dexos2 is under GM/Opel.

https://online.lubrizol.com/relperftool/pc.html

According to the tool, VW 507.00 would actually be superior to the Dexos2.
Wow, that's pretty impressive to my eyes.
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Ahhhh, what's one more 'which oil is best' thread LC..?
So now there's 10,517, as opposed to the previous 10,516
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I am almost due for my 2nd of 3 included oil changes at the dealership, so I have not crossed this bridge yet. Interestingly enough, the place I used for supplies for my 3500 just started offering an oil change kit for our rigs. 6 qts of oil and the filter - all AC Delco brand $91.65.

I haven't priced it out yet to see what my other options are.


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Likely the problem with the older non Dexos2 oils is their compatibility with emissions equipment. The engine would be fine running T6 and the like, better off perhaps, but fixing/replacing munged up SCRs and DPFs would be expensive. Probably going to go with the Penzoil Dexos2 if Wally World carries it at a great price, some do. Wally World is a great place to buy oil, I suspect they use the oil as a loss leader to draw customers into the store. Naturally I buy the oil and leave If I have to pay through the nose anyway, probably will go with Total Quartz on Amazon.

Will be doing my own oil changes for sure. The diesel is one easy vehicle to change the oil on.

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You can also buy everything you need at idparts.com. They have oil change kits and filter kits for our diesels. I used them all the time when I had a Jetta TDI.
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Thinking about doing the first at 1000. I do that on all my new cars I usually throw a magnetic drain plug in too

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First, Dexos is not a brand or type of oil as many will have you believe. It is a specification. You can't "buy a case of Dexos". The OEM brand is AC Delco, which if I'm not mistaken, gets their oil from Mobil.

Second, there is a difference between "Dexos certified" and "meets and exceeds Dexos specs". The first means the company pays fees to GM to be able to display the Dexos logo on their bottles, and the latter doesn't have the logo, but has conducted tests to make sure it meets the Dexos spec. "Meets and exceeds Dexos specs" is 100% good to go as far as warranty goes per the owner's manual.

Does Dexos certified mean it's automatically better? Hardly. Most name brand oils on the market already met the Dexos specs before it ever existed, just now GM gets to make money off of it. It's really nothing more than a tax. Amsoil, for example, doesn't have the logo, but states on the back of their bottles "meets and exceeds Dexos specs". Amsoil is some of the best stuff out there.
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Pennzoil advertises made from natural gas synthetic oils; I sent two emails asking if these are true group IV synthetics or group III oils (group III oil can be advertised as synthetic in the USA. Both times I got an auto reply basically saying my question was being looked into. Still no answer.

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