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First oil change 4500 miles

So i would like to go to Ford today to get an oil change on my 5.0 and i would like to know if spending the extra money and full synthetic is worth it or not?

Ive heard the motor craft filter is a good one to stay with.

opinions?

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I think it really depends on whether or not you are planning on keeping the car or selling/trading it in a few years. I plan on keeping my car(s) for a good long while so I feel like synthetic is better. I like mobil 1 myself. Plus, I extend the OCI (not on the mustang) so it's really not much more money.

I will say that on the cars I have run synthetic in, they are exceptionally clean inside. I don't baby them either.

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Ive heard the motor craft filter is a good one to stay with.
That's what I used. They're good filters. Other ones are Puralator, Wix, Napa Gold (same as Wix but cheaper) I wouldn't use Fram or dept store brands.



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Mobil 1 and a Motorcraft filter is the only thing i do and would run in a Ford car.

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Thanks Whirl,

I have never run full synthetic in any of my cars, Ford tells me they use a half half blend when doing reg oil changes. I def like a cleaner engine and i have no idea how long i will have my 5.0 but i would say at least a couple more years and maybe more.

Ill stick to motor craft until i decide to try your suggestions

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Mobil 1 and a Motorcraft filter is the only thing i do and would run in a Ford car.
Have you noticed any difference between that and motor craft oil?

What about the K&N filter or Lucas oil? anyone here try these?

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Synthetic oil flows better if your car is parked outside in bitter-cold weather, stands up better in extreme-heat situations, and allows longer oil change intervals. Most any name-brand synthetic oil will work great.

"Regular" or Syn-blend 5w20 will also work fine. The Motorcraft 5w20 semi-syn is a excellent oil for the price. (most blends are 20-25% synthetic, not 50% FWIW).

You can easily run a full-syn up to the OLM/1 year with no problem, I would change a semi-syn/regular oil at around 5-6000 miles. (Depending on driving conditions)

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So i would like to go to Ford today to get an oil change on my 5.0 and i would like to know if spending the extra money and full synthetic is worth it or not?

Ive heard the motor craft filter is a good one to stay with.

opinions?

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You'll find pics. of the Wix, FL-500S (Motorcraft), and the filter your car came with (what I call "mystery" filter) in my "First Oil Change..." thread. IMHO the Motorcraft FL-500S filter isn't exactly great. I'll be switching to the FRPP racing version of the FL-820 filter in the future.

K&N and M1 are essentially the same filter (made by Champion). There are MANY Internet posts comparing these - in short most say save your money and get an M1.

I was not able to find any of these in-stock (special orders only), so went with Wix 57502.

If you change your oil every 5000-7500 miles, it's likely a waste of money to go full synth. The real benefit of 100% synth is extended life (up to 15000 miles claimed).

Another AFM poster clued me in to Amsoil's "preferred customer" program. For a $10 fee you get a 6 months "trial" that allows you to order Amsoil (oil, filters, whatever they make) at 25% off retail (dealer pricing). I'll probably do that and stock up. Went with Amsoil 5W20 XL partial synth. (pretty close to the stock Motorcraft "swill").

I've used M1 a lot, but won't any more since they no longer publish the details of the oil formulations. Bottom line, with 8 qts. !!! I'm sure even non-synth, plain ol' "dyno-oil" would be fine.

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Just wondering why you're going so early to get your oil changed. It should be good for about 10,000 miles. What does your oil life indicator say?

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To those of you changing your own oil where are you dumping your oil and old filters? Are you finding it difficult at some places? Are they charging you a fee to dump it?
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