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My name is Sean. I am 19 years old and have loved Ford Mustangs forever. I finally got a silver 2000 Ford Mustang V6 which I love like a child!! Anyway though, I am curious what engine oil to put in it? Should I use a synthetic oil or conventional? I believe the previous owner used conventional all it's life. After deciding conventional or synthetic, what brand do you think I should use? Our local Speedee uses Chevron Supreme Oils, which seem ok. I know this question has been asked a million times, and I seem obsessed, but I want the best for my car, whether it be conventional or synthetic. I just love it so much! Oh, and it has 88,000 miles and I drive it about 20 mile trips at a time. The coldest temp here is about 20 degrees.

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I would suggest you use what the original owner used if you can find this info out. I suggest this only because of the age of the car. With a new car, a quality synthetic would be my choice. Of course more important than brand is changing it at regular intervals. Enjoy your ride.
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well if u dont know wat the previous owner used as in oil.do this buy a motorflush then put in the new oil that you want to use.i recommend royal purple.full synthetic.it is the best oil out there for your car.and i know wat u mean ,i like running my car with the best yea it is pricey but its worth your stang can run and last better.royal purple will free and give u more hp an tq.
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well if u dont know wat the previous owner used as in oil.do this buy a motorflush then put in the new oil that you want to use.i recommend royal purple.full synthetic.it is the best oil out there for your car.and i know wat u mean ,i like running my car with the best yea it is pricey but its worth your stang can run and last better.royal purple will free and give u more hp an tq.
Honestly I would not use motor flush. It is low grade kerosene and will definitely clean out your engine right down to making seals and gaskets leak.... badly. How do I know? Because I made that 19 year old mistake when I was a kid and had to rebuild a 302 because of it. With regular changes with a conventional oil and behaved driving your engine should last another 80k plus at a minimum. Not to knock the six banger but even if Royal Purple or Mobil 1 give you a pony or two, so what, you're not gonna be eating LS 1s and the cost is double or more. Don't waste your money. Now while you are driving your 6 and putting together a terminator engine with the money you saved, get royal purple or Mobil 1 for that engine that you will stuff into your engine bay when your 6 expires.
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+1, conventional oils are still good, just stick to the 3K mile change.
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I use mobil clean 5000
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In my 2000 V6 i use 5w20 full synthetic royal purple and still change my oil every 3000 miles. I work at on auto parts store so i use what is recomended by Ford. The price of royal purple has gone up but with my discount i get it for just over six dollars a quart. For other customers it would be around seven -eight dollars a quart. Put the best oil with a WIX oil filter and your oil will stay much cleaner then it has ever been. The wix filters are the filters they use in nascar and are proven to keep oil cleaner longer.
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i use 5-20W Castrol GTX.
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I would suggest you use what the original owner used if you can find this info out. I suggest this only because of the age of the car. With a new car, a quality synthetic would be my choice. Of course more important than brand is changing it at regular intervals. Enjoy your ride.
To elaborate, it is too late to switch to a synthetic if the prior owner has been using conventional motor oils. Switching to a synthetic in a car with 88K can cause leaks to appear, and I agree, a pony or two is not worth the aggravation.
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Hi Sean, my name is Sean.
In my 01 I've always used Castrol full synthetic. You can get a five quart jug at Walmart for $22. I change my oil evey 5k miles. I use K&N oil filters because my dad can get them cheap from his work. They seem to work great as well.
Given the age of your car and its use of conventional oils, I would stick with conventional. My dad, a mechanic for thirty years, always swears by Castol oils.
 
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To elaborate, it is too late to switch to a synthetic if the prior owner has been using conventional motor oils. Switching to a synthetic in a car with 88K can cause leaks to appear, and I agree, a pony or two is not worth the aggravation.
Completely untrue and wrong. It is never too late. Did my GMC Jimmy when I got it at 125K miles and 20K miles later still doesn't leak a drop.
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Completely untrue and wrong. It is never too late. Did my GMC Jimmy when I got it at 125K miles and 20K miles later still doesn't leak a drop.
Congrats, Bill. I will inform my service manager (I work at an auto dealer) of your success with your GMC. It is still a fact that switching to a synthetic late in an auto's lifespan CAN cause leaks to appear. I approached this situation with my recently aquired 88K Mustang and was told repeatedly to stick with conventionals, not only by my own shop but by several auto parts stores as well.

Bottom line, do your own research.
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THe original complaint about synthetic oils and what they could do to seals was mostly due to the lack of parrafin (sp?) in synthetic oils which is present in regular oil. This compound was specifically attributed to regular oils ability to keep seals soft and pliable. Synthetics lacking this were causing worries as to the lifespan of seals, but I have literally switched 10's of dozens of vehicles to synthetics no matter the mileage and have yet to see any trend of leaking seals/gaskets that could be directly attributed to the oil. Age of seals/gaskets is 99.99% the cause of failure and any coincidence with the addition of a synthetic oil is just that, a coincidence. I have done extensive reading and find that most mechanics/engineers feel the same way.

PS: There is almost never a qualified person in an auto parts store with the proper knowledge of fluids to give any recommendations over what their computer screens tell them.
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It would appear that there are plenty of opinions for both sides of the synthetic coin... Here are a few more.

high mileage switch to synthetic = oil leak? - GM Forums at GM High-Tech Performance Magazine
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