Help me decide: 2007 4runner oil

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Hi guys, Newbie here and got a question. I have a 2007 4runner v6 2wd. It has 112k and I've put about 15k on it since I got it. I drive about 15-20 miles round trip to work each day (60/40 highway/street driving). Previous owner always used conventional. Last oci I used chevron supreme 5w30 that I bought from costco with a toyota oem oil filter. I live in southern California so I don't see much crazy weather. I notice that the car consumes oil down to the halfway mark on my dipstick between full and add (which I assume is half a quart) during my 5k oci. My questions are: 1. Should I stick to my current CS/oem filter? Or should I change it up? Suggestions? 2. Should I be concerned with my oil usage? I haven't heard many people complain of usage on this 4.0 engine so it makes me wonder if there's an underlying issue. Thanks in advance for the help!
 
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1/2 quart in 5K miles is considered in the normal range for consumption. Switching to a high mileage oil could *possibly* slow it down. Something like Valvoline Maxlife. Toyota filters are fine. Fram TG/Ultra, CQ Blue, Napa Silver/Gold, all good alternatives if some of those have better access/pricing for you.
 
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I'd do Maxlife 5w30 at 5k OCIs with oversized Fram Ultra filters every 15k miles. I also might try M1 HM or PP HM at 7.5k OCI. But ANY API oil at 5w30 would be just fine.
 

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Thanks for the responses. I should add that it drops 1/2 quart about 3500 miles into my oci then stays stable if that makes any difference
 

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Originally Posted By: oilmutt
When you are down one-half qt.,add a half qt. right a way.
Hi, Any specific reason? I was taught that as long as oil was between the add and full marks you are fine
 
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I am liking the Mobil 5w30 High Mileage it is still an energy conserving oil unlike some other oils out there. Also in the past i had good luck with PHM
 
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There's absolutely no need to run 5W-30 in California. You California people should be taking advantage of the warmer weather by running the more durable 10W-30.
 

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Originally Posted By: Merkava_4
There's absolutely no need to run 5W-30 in California. You California people should be taking advantage of the warmer weather by running the more durable 10W-30.
Is there any harm in running 10w30 in an engine that is specd for 5w30? I know they are the same viscosity at operating temp but startups may be rough? There was a Toyota service bulletin that listed 5w30 and latest 5w20 as acceptable oils for my 4Runner but 10w30 was not listed. Could you please elaborate on 10w30 being more durable? Thanks
 
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I would stuck w what u are currently doing. And I would not be concerned about the little oil it consumes. Change the pcv
 
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Did TSB update to 5w20 in that 1GR-FE? My wife has the same vehicle and I might move her from M1 HM 5w30 to Castrol Magnatec 5w20 if that's the case.
 
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In the old days 10w30 was significantly more shear stable than 5w30, but now that isn't a significant issue anymore. And since it is spec'd to 5w20, it is fine if it shears anyway.
 
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I'm currently in the market for a 4Runner in this generation, this conversation has sparked some thought on my end. I have 50 quarts of M1 0W20 EP in my stash for my Acura and '16 4Runner, what does Toyota say about using a 0W20 for the year 4Runner being discussed? It would be great to use 0W for these 3 vehicles.
 
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Originally Posted By: jj51702
Could you please elaborate on 10w30 being more durable? Thanks
It has more base oil and less viscosity index improvers to wear out.
 
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Try Pennzoil Platinum, I had oil consumption issues with Mobil 1 in my Tacoma's V6, and tried Pennzoil and now it doesn't burn a noticeable amount in 7500 intervals. I was almost down a quart of M1 every 3000 miles, I did some researching that brought me here and found the PP to be highly regarded so I gave it a whirl and was very pleased with the results. I'm a believer now! Pennzoil Platinum can also be had in high mileage formula as well, I don't use it despite having 110k miles, don't have a reason to now. No leaks, no consumption, no point in my opinion.
 
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