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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 02-24-2007, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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1st Oil Change

Did the first oil change yesterday at 500 miles.  Took me a few minutes to find the filter.  First vehicle I have owned where you access the oil filter from the engine bay, not the garage floor.  Its located low on the front of the engine (what is the front on a transverse mounted engine?).  It's located between the radiator and the engine.  What oil runs off during filter removal appears to have been planned for and is relatively easy to clean up.  Thankfully the oil filter wasn't installed by a gorilla like the factory Duramax filter and was easy to get off without using a long pipe wrench.  The shortness and height of the front end enables the use of ramps.

Takes 5.5 qts of 5w30 and an AC Delco PF48 oil filter.  I'll do two more dino changes and at 5k miles switch to Mobil 1.  I'll then change the oil and filter every 6 months.  We only accumulate about 10k miles per year in a cold climate with short trips.  It cost $35 for a dino change at the dealer.  Doing the changes myself enables the use of a synthetic oil and is still cheaper.

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post #2 of 41 (permalink) Old 02-24-2007, 07:22 PM
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Useful info--thanks!

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Smart move. I've always done the same thing...first oil change between 500 and 1,000 miles. Next 2 before 5,000 with the dino juice. Then I switch to Synthetic. I've used AMSoil for the past 5 years. I believe it's the best oil on the market and the prices are really competitive...especially when you join them as a dealer.

I've used synthetic for probably 500,000 miles and have never had a car burn oil. Love synthetics. I usually keep the cars for around 150,000 miles then trade. I drive 40,000 miles a year and do my own oil changes...it's easy, saves time and money.

And you know the job got done right!


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post #4 of 41 (permalink) Old 02-24-2007, 08:52 PM
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OK, sounds like a good plan. Fill me in on this "dino" juice? What is it, the dealer can do it?
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The dino juice is my silly way of saying regular oil. Since it came out of the ground some people call it Dino Juice. The dealerships usually will let you bring in your own oil...just ask them ahead off time. I've done this at dealerships and also the quick lube places like Jiffy Lube. I bring in my own oil and they credit me their cost for their oil you are not using.

I even send in oil samples from time to time to check and see how my engines are running...what metals they are using, etc. Most of those places will also tell you how much life your oil has left. That way you can safely get the most life out of your oil yet still fully protect your engine.


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Smart move. I've always done the same thing...first oil change between 500 and 1,000 miles. Next 2 before 5,000 with the dino juice. Then I switch to Synthetic. I've used AMSoil for the past 5 years. I believe it's the best oil on the market and the prices are really competitive...especially when you join them as a dealer.

I've used synthetic for probably 500,000 miles and have never had a car burn oil. Love synthetics. I usually keep the cars for around 150,000 miles then trade. I drive 40,000 miles a year and do my own oil changes...it's easy, saves time and money.

And you know the job got done right!

I heard the best oil is REDLINE but at $10+ per quart it is overkill for me. I also used Amsoil 15-20 years ago when it was only Amsoil and Redline. Now with Castrol Syntec, Mobil-1 and others selling the 5 quart containers for $20-22 dollars I switched over.
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I am not an owner yet, but I'm doing extensive research, and hope to make the decision soon. I downloaded the Acada owner's manual recently, courtesy of this website. What a great find!

I noticed that there are basically no recommended oil change intervals for the vechicle. Instead, the computer and engine sensors determine when the oil has deteriorated enough, and tell you to change it. Pretty high tech, but I'm skeptical. What do others think of this system?

I've read articles recently quoting GM as saying this is one of the many ways they are going "green" as a company. The theory is that lots of people change their oil premataturely, just to be safe. By having the engine tell you when to do it, they will conserve a huge amount of oil over the life of the fleet (think hundreds of thousands of vehicles and many years of service).

In order to achieve this, I assume that this will be new feature on many GMs for years to come.

Anyway, I've always been a conservative DIYer changing my own oil/filter religiously at 3000 mile intervals. I usually change at 1500 on a new car, then 3000, 6000, etc. I have a hard time convincing myself to lengthen this out to whatever the computer thinks. Seems like pretty cheap insurance to go with the "overkill", and keep on the 3K schedule.

I do use dino, and have never switched to synthetic. Too cheap, I guess. I've had Fords, GMs and Subarus with 150K+ miles, and no oil burning problems.

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I suppose in the macro sense, squeezing even a few more miles out of an oil change can save a lot of oil across a whole fleet of vehicles. But I agree with xcskier. I'd rather change every 3000 miles. I don't remember burning oil in a car since my first few heaps as a teenager in the 60's. ****, that was a long time ago! I'll change my mind when this new fangled oil life sensing gizmo has some time under it's belt and proves trustworthy.
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I felt the same as xcskier before I started using synthetic (Delvac 1) and went to extended drain intervals on my Duramax.

A big issue for me is cold pour point. Oil analysis' on the Dmax have been fine. My 5000 mile intervals with synthetic compensates for cold climate operation and short trips. If my vehicle were run for an hour at highway speed each time it were started I would run Mobile 1 at 8-10,000 mile change intervals in the Acadia. I'll also be using M1 oil filters when they are cross referenced to the Acadia and I can find the proper part number.

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I agree with everyone...AMSoil recommends changing the oil at 25,000 to 35,000 intervals...no way am I going that long. I usually change it around 6,000 miles.

I just checked pricing for AMSoil's best oil for 5 quarts...it cost $27 for 5 quarts...so close to $22 but your right...still higher by $1 per quart. Slightly more than some of the other brands out there...especially the cheaper synthetics like the Wal-Mart brand...but since I personally like the AMSoil better than the others...a couple bucks more a year is worth it to me...plus I can get their oil and air filters in one quick online purchase.

Below are the scores and rankings for different 5w30 motor oils from an independent lab...

But we are totally splitting hairs here...probably using any good quality oil...whether it's dino or synthetic is good enough...especially with GM designed and engineered motors. I've used Mobil 1...loved it. Used Castrol Synthetic...no problems.

Now in a Yugo...you might want to be more concerned right?!!! Nothing against Yugo.

Brand Product 5w30

AMSOIL XL7500765 763
Schaeffer Moly Pure 759
AMSOIL 5w30 756
AMSOIL XL7500 749
AMSOIL S3000 749
AMSOIL S3000 732
Havoline Synthetic 725
Exxon Superflo Syn. 725
Valvoline SynPower 725
Valvoline SynPower 725
Chevron Supreme Syn. 718
CAM2 Synavex 715
Havoline Energy 711
Kendall Elite 710
Kendall SHP 707
Valvoline SynPower Racing 705
Red Line Passenger 705

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