Amsoil 0w-30 or 5w-30 in 04 Honda V6?

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I'm looking to go to Amsoil in our new 04 Saturn Vue with the Honda V6. The manual calls for 5w-20. Which Amsoil product we be better for gas mileage...or is is just a coin toss? Is it worth the $3 more per quart for the 0w? Thanks, Mike
 
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I've heard and learned that Amsoil's 0w30 contains more wear anti wear additives than does the other Amsoil motor oils. Amsoil makes **** good oil, all lines. The I see it as if your using either the 5w20 or 0w30, either way you should be fine. But JMO, I would go with 0w30,,,,AR
 
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Originally posted by ToyotaNSaturn: Which Amsoil product we be better for gas mileage...or is is just a coin toss? Is it worth the $3 more per quart for the 0w? Thanks, Mike
No doubt in my mind the 0w30 is my choice for any new vehicle. Change the oil once a year and the cost difference is pennies over that year. Especially when you factor in the fuel savings.
 
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Originally posted by ToyotaNSaturn: Which Amsoil product we be better for gas mileage...or is is just a coin toss? Is it worth the $3 more per quart for the 0w? Thanks, Mike
No doubt in my mind the 0w30 is my choice for any new vehicle. Change the oil once a year and the cost difference is pennies over that year. Especially when you factor in the fuel savings.

BTW the cost difference is $1.90 at the wholesale price.
 
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Mike, Maximum drain interval recommended by Honda for most of their engines is 10,000 miles. If you don't plan to exceed that and drive long distances, the 5w-30 will probably be more cost effective. If you feel comfortable with the idea of running oil change intervals of > 12,000 miles, and you do mostly short trip driving, the 0w-30 WILL be more cost effective. The 0w-30 also has a better additive package and will reduce oil temps and oil consumption; compared to the regular 5w-30. If you buy the 0w-30 in gallon containers and not quarts, the price difference between it and the regular 5w-30/10w-30 is $2.00/qt. The scientific thing would be to buy a split case of the 0w-30/5w-30 (2-TSO-1G and 2- ASL-1G) - two gallons of each - and run them back (run the 5w-30 first). See if you think the 0w-30 is worth the extra money. FWIW, I would personally run either the 0w-30 or Series 3000, 5w-30 in this case, and I also pay $2.00 more per quart for the stuff at dealer prices. I would not exceed 15,000 mile drain intervals in ANY case. I think you get better long term results if you drain the oil when there is still some safety margin. Tooslick www.lubedealer.com/Dixie_Synthetics
 

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Originally posted by Cutehumor: [Off Topic!] how do you like the saturn vue with the honda v6? I plan on buying it in a year or two
We really like it! I think it's the best vehicle out there in it's $22K-25K price range. With the revised instrument cluster, it looks and feels more elegant. The 02-03 cluster made it look like the old S-series. That's gone, thankfully! The power of this thing is really fast, but quite tame if you don't want it rocket from every stop light. Gas mileage is been between 20-22 with lots of idling lately. We opted for the FWD over the AWD which makes gas mileage better and a bit faster overall. I've yet to perform a WOT yet as I want to take it easy on this thing for a while longer. The leather seats are worth the extra $$ as they're more comfortable than the cloth ones. Goto SaturnFans, I started this thread: http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/showthread.php3?s=&threadid=27671 GM has a good thing going with this setup. I hope they don't screw this one up.
 

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Thanks for all the replies! I forgot to mention that I'd like to go 1 year with the OCI (about 15,000 miles) and change the filter every 6 months. 70% of the trips this vehicle sees are 10 miles or more. My plan is to use Pennzoil 5w-20 until 5K, then use Amsoil from 5K-10K, perform a UOA, then do yearly drains from there. With this engine being so easy on oil, I problably don't need a UOA so soon, but better safe than sorry! I'll go with the 0w-30, sounds like really good stuff.
 
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