- Mar 5, 2016
- Colorado Springs
Hello BITOG community. I have a modded 2001 4Runner that I am looking of an oil recommendation for. The 4Runner has skid plates front to back and I have to drop them when I want to change the oil. I would like to find an oil that I only have to change once a year, in the spring preferably. Here are the answers to the questions posted in the sticky. I did my best to give as much info as I thought that could be relevant. Please let me know if there is any other info I can give. What kind of vehicle you have: 2001 Toyota 4Runner 220,000 Miles 3 inch lift Heavy Wheel/Tire Combo Steel Skid Plates and Slider Regeared to 4.88’s 2. What your owner's manual says -- not just viscosity, but certifications (look for acronyms like API SM, ILSAC GF-4, etc.) and change intervals as well: Owners manual says SAE 5W/30, API grade SJ, Energy conserving with OCI 5000 every 4 months or 7500 every 6 months depending on usage. It appears based on my usage I would fall into the 5,000 mile OCI as I drive on unpaved, dusty roads. 3. Where you live: Colorado Springs, 6000 feet. The 4Runner goes into the mountains and will see elevations over 10,000 feet. 4. How you drive (easy? hard? fast? slow?): I pretty much always take it nice and easy. I stay within the speed limits and rarely “push” the vehicle. Off-road it sees dusty trails, but speed is limited and the engine rarely has to work hard. 5. What your daily drive is like (short trips? long trips? city? highway?): This is more of a toy than anything else. I bought it 2 years ago and have not yet put 10,000 miles on it. So far typical annual milage is between 3500-5000 miles. It mostly sees weekend usage running to the hardware store with in 5 miles. It also gets me around when we have a snow storm. The 4Runner will take mountain trips in the summer to various Colorado trails, and old mines. 6. Whether your car has any known problems: All maintenance is up to date on the vehicle, and no issues noted. For a vehicle with 220,000 miles it runs very well. My gas milage is not the best, but I’m lifted and fairly heavy so it is somewhat to be expected. If you have any preferences -- synthetic vs. conventional, store-bought vs. ordered online, how long you'd like to go between oil changes, etc. -- or any other info you think might be important, let us know that as well. I don’t really have any preferences in terms of oil. I kinda would like to run a synthetic since I only want to change once a year and the 4Runner is used in the winter. I am willing to pay more for a superior product and can order online if need be (although running to the store sure would be more convenient). The 4Runner also sits outside and see’s snow duties in the winter. Again, I would like to only change the oil once a year. Preferable in the in spring with I do my annual checks and maintenance on the rest of the truck. Any suggestions?