- Aug 5, 2013
- forest lake, mn
Greetings to all, I live in Forest Lake, MN. Recently bought a 2012 Honda CR-V from a local Honda dealer with 3500 miles. Had no reason to ask any questions about the oil this vehicle uses. At our first oil change interval, was told the 2012 CR-V uses 0W-20 motor oil. The Owners Manual confirms this - it specifies 0W-20 and that is what is on the fill cap under the hood. No other oil viscosities are offered to the owner by Honda. I am sixty years old and felt I knew a reasonable amount about engines, oil, etc. I maintain my cars really well and change oil & filter every 3,000 - 5000 miles. Our last two cars (2000 Nissan Maxima and 2004 Honda CR-V) both were sold with over 130,000 miles and absolutely no engine issues. Always used good quality conventional oil in both cars. So the new 2012 CR-V caught me by surprise. The Honda dealers sell a blended 0W-20 (p/n08798-9036) and I am sure that is what they use if you have the dealer service the vehicle. At this point in my life I prefer to have my oil changed by others. Here is where I need additional opinions: 1. Pros and cons to just using 5W-20 conventional motor oil in this automobile. 2. Do places like Jiffy Lube and Valvoline Instant Oil Change even sell blended 0W-20 or do they just offer full synthetic? 3. Would it make sense to buy my own Blended 0W-20 from Honda or another reputable brand and supply it to the shop that changes my oil? I will look forward to hearing from others more knowledgeable than I.