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    Quote Originally Posted by OH-SO-TINY View Post
    I change synthetic once a year at approx 3000-4000 miles

    Thats a waste of syntheic oil. Syntheic oil is good for 7-8k miles, in today's cars.

    My 500 oil has been changed twice now. The sensor goes off around 3,700 miles. That with Dino oil.
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    Originally Posted by OH-SO-TINYI change synthetic once a year at approx 3000-4000 miles
    Quote Originally Posted by smark View Post
    Thats a waste of syntheic oil. Syntheic oil is good for 7-8k miles, in today's cars.
    Apparently it's good for much longer than that, even though we laymen, for the most part, won't accept that fact. There's still the buildup of contaminants over time. Even Mercedes Benz recommends 13,000 miles or once every 12 months for changes and they come with Mobil 1 in the crankcase.
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    90% of European cars engines are built around Mobil 1 synthetic. Every VW I've ever owned in the manual it read Mobil 1 European car blend 5w30. I can't see the 500 being different. But like stated I will use the free oil changes I get then probably switch to Mobil 1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simplicity- View Post
    90% of European cars engines are built around Mobil 1 synthetic. Every VW I've ever owned in the manual it read Mobil 1 European car blend 5w30. I can't see the 500 being different. But like stated I will use the free oil changes I get then probably switch to Mobil 1
    Remember there were internal changes made to both the normal 1.4 Multiair AND the 1.4 Turbo Multiair for the U.S. so that they weren't restricted to one brand of oil. I'd steer clear of those synthetics that state specifically 'European Blend' on them for our North American Fiats. YMMV

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    use a 0W or 5W-30 oil with an ACEA-A3 rating on it for best longevity.

    Mobile 1 makes one,
    Castrol makes two (the 0W-30 european car formula is the best oil I have ever used to date with Blackstone Labs backing that up)
    Royal Purple makes one, overpriced though
    Silkolene makes one
    Motul makes one
    Repsol makes one but its really hard to get.

    A3 rating is the best of the best, so if you see that on the back of your oil container, you're doing it right.

    a hot climate, I would normally recommend a 0W-40, but the 30 seems just fine in these cars unless you're towing in death valley.

    EDIT: filter is just as if not more important than the oil. the Fiat OE filters are a decent capacity, and use metal check valves and end plates. if you dont want to use OEM filters, find a WIX or any filter OEM'd by WIX (STP, K&N, ACDelco etc) Mobile 1 fitlers arent that great, almost on par with the OEM part.


    in short, go with the OE filter or find a BOSCH one. if neither of those work, find an STP, WIX, K&N or Mobile 1, if those arent an option, get an ACDelco.

    if those aren't an option, NEVER EVER use a fram, pennzoil or other cheap-o filter. it's not worth it, they don't filter out the particles well enough.
    best filter I have cut open on one of these

    I ran 8,500 miles with an OEM filter and the 0W-30 eu formula castrol, and Blackstone said it was still good, but thats probably the interval where it makes most sense to change, just to give the filter a break.
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    My dealer tech said our 500s are using Castrol with the mopar name on the jug. No synthetic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 500spot View Post
    My dealer tech said our 500s are using Castrol with the mopar name on the jug. No synthetic.
    Dealer told me FIAT does not suggest synthetic but I figure it is due to the free service which means it is too costly...I am leaning towards a synthetic blend most likely but if enough info is returned once my free service ends and full synthetic proves to be fine (which it should) then like above I am going with Mobil 1 Full Synthetic (probably Extended Performance to be exact).

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    BMWs use a base of 15,525 miles or 12 months between oil changes. But the actual interval is based on the fuel used. Assuming a full synthetic oil. In the days of conventional oils, the interval was 9,000 miles or 12 months.

    I use Mobil 1 or Castrol full synthetic in all my cars. BMW brand oil is Castrol.

    RedLine is only ACEA A2/B2 rated, while most newer cars require A3/B3 rating. I no longer use any RedLine products.
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    Granted, my 500 is still long way away from its first oil change, but i've been planning ahead a little, and Mobil 1 would be my synthetic oil of choice (used it in my other cars and very happy with it). But on Mobil 1 website Chrysler 6395 spec approval is not listed, even though i think i found somewhere on their site that they're confident that their oil will be fine and that it's going through the testing process or something of that sort. The question is, if the oil is not Chrysler 6395 approved, does it void the warranty if you use it?

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    By the way, found the link: http://www.mobiloil.com/USA-English/...r_MS-6395.aspx

    I'm a little perplexed, as Mobil 1 has been around for a long time, and Chrysler MS-6395 spec has been around for a while, and they're still in field trial stage?.... Castrol Syntec is MS-6395-spec'd as per their website, but Mobil 1 is not?

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