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Owners manual - Four Cylinder Engine Oil Warranty Requirements
For previous d cleve post
Quote from dealer: "He said just keep a documentation and be sure and use 0w20 to keep your warranty good." "Go figure"
As noted below, use of 5W30 conventional petroleum based oil may be used and will meet Warranty Requirements.
For Altima 2013 Four Cylinder (Only)
Owners Manual page 9-2
For QR25DE engine models:
Engine oil with API Certification Mark (Footnote 1)
Viscosity SAE OW-20 (Footnote (9)
HOWEVER --- Footnote (9) reads:
"As an alternative to this recommended oil, SAE 5W30 Conventional petroleum based oil may be used AND meet all specifications AND requirements necessary to maintain the New Vehicle Limited Warranty."
Personally I will go with the 0W-20 Synthetic which can be obtained from a well known discount store and change it myself, at least for the first 10+K miles or so. Above footnote spells out 5W30 "Conventional" as OK for Warranty. I do wonder if 5W30 "Synthetic" would keep the Warranty, and why was that not mentioned in the footnote. Is it me or Nissan who is being picky? As I have posted previously, my local Nissan Dealer Parts Dept does not have 0W-20 oil in stock to sell me. (As of Nov 2012)
PS I have noticed that the Owners Manual does not have a oil type and temperature chart layout (diagram) as is commonly shown in every other auto, lawnmower, bush cutter etc etc manual that I have seen. But -- I haven't seen other new car manuals that reference "Conventional and Synthetic oil -- so maybe (or maybe not) a chart layout would be confusing to make.