- Dec 17, 2009
- Daytona Beach, FL
Hello all, I’m a new guy to the forum. I just spent quite a bit of time with “Searches”, to see what oil recommendation had already been made for my vehicle, but did not have much success. Therefore, I am starting my first thread, asking for an oil recommendation for my particular situation. I have a 2001 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner two-wheel drive, with an Inline Four 2.7L engine and 102,023 miles on the odometer with no known problems of any kind. I average between 6,000 to 8,000 miles per year. The owner’s manual requires API SJ “Energy Conserving” or ILSAC multigrade engine oil with a recommended viscosity of SAE 5W-30. The Scheduled Maintenance Guide suggested a service interval of 7,500 miles for my driving conditions. I live in Daytona Beach, Florida (28F to 95F temperature range), with some trips to North Carolina throughout the year. I usually drive slow and easy, with mostly short trips in city traffic, but 3/4 of my annual mileage is the six trips a year to North Carolina and back (1,200 miles & 7 hours on interstates). I prefer synthetic oil and don’t care if it is store-bought or ordered online. I would like to manage a minimum of at least 7,500 to a maximum of 15,000 miles between oil changes. Since I am using synthetic oil, do I really need to change the oil annually, regardless of actual mileage traveled ?