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Old 07-27-2012, 12:51 PM
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2013 Altima Oil

I was just curious what kind of oil Nissan is recommending for the 2013 Altima? Also, how often are they saying to change it?

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Looks like Viscosity SAE 0W-20. I wonder how many miles between oil changes? The owners manual that I found online did not state.
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Old 07-27-2012, 02:48 PM
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Im sure the manual that comes with the car will specify. Why not just visit your local dealer and read this info in the manual in their demo Altima?
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Looks like Viscosity SAE 0W-20. I wonder how many miles between oil changes? The owners manual that I found online did not state.
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7500 mile recommended change interval. I'll use about 5000 and will not use the 0-20 oil. That low a viscosity, especially in the Fl heat, is not good for extended engine life. It's done primarily to eek out another small fraction of a % in gas mileage. 5-30, I think, is more appropriate for my driving conditions.
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7500 mile recommended change interval. I'll use about 5000 and will not use the 0-20 oil. That low a viscosity, especially in the Fl heat, is not good for extended engine life. It's done primarily to eek out another small fraction of a % in gas mileage. 5-30, I think, is more appropriate for my driving conditions.
Have you read anything that backs you up on this? I have always been antsy about the o weight oils, but then I had a hard time converting to multi-weight oils when they made that change.

The dealership is using 5W-30 in my Frontier so I might well use the same in the Altima when I get it.
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Just to be clear, the 2013 QR25DE engines on the 2013 Altima 2.5 runs on 0W20 viscosity.

The VQ35DE on the 2013 Altima 3.5 runs on 5W30 viscosity.
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That is correct. That's the recommended viscosity for each engine. 0-20 in the QR and 5-30 in the VQ. The owners manual also states "it is important to select the engine oil viscosity based on the temperatures at which the vehicle will be operated".

There are endless discussions on proper oil and several studies of engine wear vs viscosity. I really don't care to go down that road so do what you think is best.

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just stick to the stated oil viscosity for your car and you will be fine. i live in Vegas heat and have no issues with the stated oil viscosity for my car.
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Again, this can be discussed and debated forever. You do what you think best; and I'll do what I think best. BTW: there are two excellent SAE technical papers on this.
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It appears to be settled, then.
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