Originally Posted by OH-SO-TINYI change synthetic once a year at approx 3000-4000 miles
Last edited by SeaDawg; 05-29-2012 at 09:14 AM.
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
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.
Last edited by 2.5-12; 05-29-2012 at 02:30 PM.
2013 Fiat 500 sport. 5MT. Grigio - RRM TC, RRM corsa cat-back, Madness long draft CAI, Abarth forged wheels, H&R springs, Mopar hitch, Abarth steering wheel, Gucci dash, 4300K HIDs.
1991 BMW M3 - S54 transplant
1992 BMW 850i 6 speed
2001 BMW X5 3.0 5 speed
2000 BMW Z3 2.8 5 speed
My dealer tech said our 500s are using Castrol with the mopar name on the jug. No synthetic.
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?
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?