Oil Recommendations for a Nissan Titan

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Hi all, I was lucky enough to be able to acquire a new Nissan Titan a few days ago. I'm now pondering on what to use for oil in it. For some odd reason the owners manual specifically recommends a mineral based oil (not sure what's up with that) ranging in weights from 5W-30 to 10W-40 depending on expected temperatures. I would like to use the Mobil Delvac 1 5W-40 or Mobil 1 10W-30 in it but am open to suggestions. What do you all think??? I live south of Atlanta so I don't expect too many extremely cold temps. (although I froze my butt off today)!! [Eek!] Also if you all are interested I can do an oil sample on it when I drain the factory fill at 1K miles.
 

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Cool truck! Delvac 1 would probably be great in that V8. The Pentosin 5w-40 mentioned here Passat W8 UOA might be good stuff too if you can find it. It seems like Nissan put more thought into marketing a full size truck in the US than Toyota did. I hope it sells and prompts all the other makers to respond. Now if only the Japanese offered it with a turbodiesel... [Cheers!] [Patriot]
 

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The engine in this thing is impressive to say the least. Nissan built it all aluminum, block and heads. 6 bolt main bearing caps with a forged micro-polished crank, 4 micro-polished cams along with moly coated pistons. I'm anxious to see how the oil sample looks. I'm kind of leaning towards the Mobil 1 10W-30 just because it's so readily available at wally mart but I'm sure I could be swayed into buying the Delvac 1 if you all think that would be a better route to go.
 
I might sound stupid, but exactly what does Nissan mean by a "mineral based oil" Doesnt that mean non-synth? I love the Nissan truck, and looks like it will smoke the domestics (even though I drive a domestic) Congradulations!!!!!! [Cheers!]
 
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Originally posted by Silverado: I love the Nissan truck, and looks like it will smoke the domestics (even though I drive a domestic) Congradulations!!!!!! [Cheers!]
I saw one at the car show recently. If I were in the market for a full-size, that would be it. Check the February 04 Car and Driver, they did a 5 truck comparo and the Nissan came out on top. Me personally I would do the 10w-30 warm and 5W for cold. My favs right now are Chevron Supreme for dino and Shaeffers Supreme for synth (blend). [ January 08, 2004, 08:55 AM: Message edited by: shortyb ]
 

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If the manual says mineral, use mineral. You will surely get better wear, albeit with shorter drain intervals. I would say, 10W-30 in the winter and 10W-40 or 15W-40 in the summer. As something to think about, consider this. Subaru recommends non-synthetic oil too. I have been using Mobil 1 in my two Imprezas. After I switched to non-synthetic, I got much lower wear, according to UOA I have done on both. In fact, lead went to ZERO with the non-synthetic. On both cars.
 
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vvk - We've owned 5 Subarus since 1989 and I've never seen in the owners manual that mineral oil is recommended. Where are you getting this info? Dave
 
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Would not a "mineral based" oil actually include most all synthetics?? They did not say "don't use syn's", right?? I doubt that they actually meant not to use GpIII, IV and V oils.
 
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Jetforeman, since the Titan engine is made here in Tenn., you should be able to get a clarification from Nissan on this. Since this is a new design and you live in Atlanta, I would personally want to go with a syn after some run in. Atlanta driving isn't particularly easy on oil anyway and M1 10W-30 seems like the ticket to me. What is the oil capacity by the way??
 
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JetForeman, I would start with the 10w-30 dinos du jour. Chevron/Havoline, Pennzoil, and Castrol GTX. Being in Hotlanta, the 10w-30 will work year round and is generally more shear stable than dino 5w-30. I would start with dino and go 10,000 miles with 3,000 mile OCI. Start at 1,000, 4,000, 7,000 and 10,000. This has worked well for Maxima V6 owners for a good break in model. [ January 08, 2004, 01:30 PM: Message edited by: John in the ATL ]
 

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Thanks everyone for your suggestions. After reading everyones responses I think I'm going to drain it at the 1K mile mark and put in some M1 10W-30 and see how that does for a couple thousand miles. After that I'm going to try some Chevron 10W-30 and see what the difference in oil samples look like. Thanks again for your suggestions!! I do love this truck and want it to last as long as possible. Here's a link to some pics I took of it the other evening. http://community.webshots.com/album/109774161HkljBb?563 oh yeah, to answer an earlier question it has a 6.5 quart sump. [ January 08, 2004, 01:54 PM: Message edited by: JetForeman ]
 

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Originally posted by haley10: Would not a "mineral based" oil actually include most all synthetics?? They did not say "don't use syn's", right?? I doubt that they actually meant not to use GpIII, IV and V oils.
That's exactly what I was thinking Haley and no it didn't say anything about not using synthetics of which I believe to be a mineral based oil as well. Right????
 
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JetForeman Just out of curiosity what is the oil change interval recommended by Nissan for your Titan? Especially if they are "strongly suggesting" using dino oil. Whimsey
 
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Originally posted by JetForeman: Thanks everyone for your suggestions. After reading everyones responses I think I'm going to drain it at the 1K mile mark and put in some M1 10W-30 and see how that does for a couple thousand miles.
I would not experiment with M1 that early in the engine life. I've had 5 Nissans (2 trucks, 2 Maximas/Infiniti and a Sentra) and have noticed increased oil consumption if you switch to synthetic before 10k. If I were you, I would use a high quality 5W/10W-30 (Chevron Supreme, Pennzoil or GTX) every 3-4k until 10k. Even afterwards, I would think seriously whether synthetic oil is necessary or otherwise justified.
 
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