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I just changed to synthetic oil by taking my car to my local Toyota dealership. For me, I do not want to deal with the mess and used oil of doing it myself anymore and Toyota is 13 miles closer to my house.

They put in 0W-20, a grade I had not heard of before (saw it on the paperwork after, I just assumed they would put in 5w-30). The car feels faster during acceleration (placebo effect?). I have not driven enough to say the mileage is better, but I wanted to see if anyone else experienced the same effect.

FYI: Lexus wanted $139 for a "full service" oil change with dyno blend oil and Toyota charged me $65 out the door with synthetic oil and a car wash (and topped off all fluids/checked tires).
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toyota dealer is the way to go for minor maintenance items i think. good choice. good luck with the mpg, hopefully they increase. let us know.
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you will have better protecting using 0 Weight oil but I dont think you will get more power.....
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0w20 would be better for winter I think
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I have been using 0-20 mobil 1 since i got my car which is pre owned. I didnt notice gas mileage or acceleration increase like you are supposed to get with lower weight oil. I do notice my car warms up faster thanks to thinner oil.
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Holy!!!

There is absolutely no extra power gain from using thinner oil, the car will run smoother but that's about it.
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Probably just the placebo effect as far as the power increase is concerned. I switched to 0w30 recently from 5w30 - not much of a difference except for the fact that start up/idle feels better from a cold start and it's a little smoother feeling while the engine is still warming up vs with 5w30.
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Originally Posted by DKnight350 View Post
FYI: Lexus wanted $139 for a "full service" oil change with dyno blend oil and Toyota charged me $65 out the door with synthetic oil and a car wash (and topped off all fluids/checked tires).
I have not noticed any power gains since switching to synthetic, but have noticed a minor increase in MPGs.

BTW, you should never let the dealership wash you car!!! That is a sure way to end up with scratches on your paint and messed up interior.

The last time I let them do it, they ran my car through a car wash, and used the same rag they used to dry the car to wipe down the interior.
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Originally Posted by reyoasian View Post
0w20 would be better for winter I think
I've been on 0w20 since summer, its suppose to help with cold starts tho..
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Who is the oil expert here? Should we run 5W-30 or 0W-30? and why?
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Originally Posted by minato View Post
I've been on 0w20 since summer, its suppose to help with cold starts tho..
hence better for winter
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oil grade should not affect any performance gains
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Originally Posted by neomedic View Post
Who is the oil expert here? Should we run 5W-30 or 0W-30? and why?
0W-30 will give your car better protection at lower temperature. However, 0W-30 is more expensive/harder to find.

There are huge debates on which oil is better, its your own decision to make. You'll probably never really notice the minor difference.
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Originally Posted by edgeucated View Post
0W-30 will give your car better protection at lower temperature. However, 0W-30 is more expensive/harder to find.

There are huge debates on which oil is better, its your own decision to make. You'll probably never really notice the minor difference.
^what this madcore dude said.
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Originally Posted by DKnight350 View Post
I just changed to synthetic oil by taking my car to my local Toyota dealership. For me, I do not want to deal with the mess and used oil of doing it myself anymore and Toyota is 13 miles closer to my house.

They put in 0W-20, a grade I had not heard of before (saw it on the paperwork after, I just assumed they would put in 5w-30). The car feels faster during acceleration (placebo effect?). I have not driven enough to say the mileage is better, but I wanted to see if anyone else experienced the same effect.

FYI: Lexus wanted $139 for a "full service" oil change with dyno blend oil and Toyota charged me $65 out the door with synthetic oil and a car wash (and topped off all fluids/checked tires).
huh.

I got charged $89 at Toyota for 5w-30 Mobil1 synthetic.
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