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Old 07-01-2009, 08:46 PM   #26
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well looks like the Mobil 1 debate goes on for V6?
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Old 07-01-2009, 11:02 PM   #27
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I researched the part numbers of what the V6 comes with and matched it with mobile's website of what vehicles come with what oil and from what i found the V6 comes filled with Mobile Clean 5000 a conventional oil and the v8 is Fully Synthetic Mobile One
Yea I noticed that too the other day.

Just use Royal Purple 5-30. It's got the certifications needed to keep the warranty golden.
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Old 07-01-2009, 11:10 PM   #28
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How about:

1) Someone with a V-6 pop their hood and verify that the "Mobil 1" sticker is/is not there.

2) Send a sample of your "used" motor oil to Blackstone Labs after you have supposedly "used its life up" at 3000 miles. You'll be surprised at what they say and how they verify and back up what they are showing you. (You are wasting your money changing your oil at 3K). Qualifier...I'm not talking about the first 1500 miles here. I have my own strong opinions about that. I mean after the initial 1500 miles.

3) Learn the difference between type 3 and type 4 synthetic. Amaze your friends.

4) Don't believe a word I say. I'm full of crap.

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Old 07-01-2009, 11:47 PM   #29
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Ok, thanks for the clarification.
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Old 07-02-2009, 06:48 PM   #30
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after early change i put in a magnetic oil drain screw .so if any other particles fall free it will stick to magnet
except the aluminum from the heads.....
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Old 07-02-2009, 07:34 PM   #31
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except the aluminum from the heads.....


yeah and the mobil 1 on the cap is kinda a dead give away but the SS only gets that though lol
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Old 07-05-2009, 12:44 AM   #32
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are we saying we cant mix and match .spoke to alot of guys at car shows they like purple over mobil 1 . and they all drive high end cars . if you guys don't agree with purple i will switch, did not do change yet . still can return
I came across this :http://www.roadcarvin.com/tech/synth...ngine-break-in

I have the V6 which is not factory fill with synthetic. I changed the oil/filter at 1000mi. then I will again at 2000 mi.
At 3000 mi I will be switching over to Mobil 1 synthetic changing the oil/filter at least every 4500-5000 mi. ... I might even use the OLM sometimes and see where that takes me ( mileage wise )..

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How about:

1) Someone with a V-6 pop their hood and verify that the "Mobil 1" sticker is/is not there.

2) Send a sample of your "used" motor oil to Blackstone Labs after you have supposedly "used its life up" at 3000 miles. You'll be surprised at what they say and how they verify and back up what they are showing you. (You are wasting your money changing your oil at 3K). Qualifier...I'm not talking about the first 1500 miles here. I have my own strong opinions about that. I mean after the initial 1500 miles.

3) Learn the difference between type 3 and type 4 synthetic. Amaze your friends.

4) Don't believe a word I say. I'm full of crap.

John B.
Agree w/ this post completely....I have been using Blackstone Labs for year....I don't have time to debate here, but they could really help you track your samples, and they are very knowledgable....
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Old 07-09-2009, 11:45 PM   #34
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Just changed mine mine today at 1400 miles. Changed to Mobil 1. It had felt like it was riding a little rough the last few times I drove it as my wife drives is mostly so I thought it was a good time to make the change. It feels great now. I think 1200 to 1500 miles is a good timeframe for the initial change. I am going to do the same thing with my 2SS when she gets here too I think.
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Old 07-14-2009, 10:23 PM   #35
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This was an excellent debate and fact finding thread. Thanks to all for the input and validation on many of my questions.

I have been a Royal Purple guy for my current 2, and one previous import. I plan to stick with Mobile-1 100% when my 1SS arrives.

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Old 07-15-2009, 04:37 PM   #36
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to reiterate...


Break in procedures in the owners manual call for the oil to be changed after 1500 miles.

the V8 Camaro's come with Mobil 1 full synthetic oil from the factory
the V6's come with Mobil Clean 5000


after your first oil change at 1500 miles, reset the OLM (oil life monitor) and follow it and/or your warranty guidelines on changing the oil. if the warranty guidelines say to change it before 6000miles and the OLM says you are still at 60%, get it changed. If you are at 4500 miles and the OLM says you are at 20%.... get it changed.
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Old 07-20-2009, 11:02 PM   #37
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First oil change

I have read the owner's manual cover to cover and it does not state the change the original oil at 1500 miles. Did I miss a page? If so, please point out the page as I may need to consider an oil change. Currently at 1600 miles.
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Old 07-22-2009, 09:31 AM   #38
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Jeff - my dealer's shop told me to use the oil life monitor for changing, first change or not.
There is nothing, as you've identified, that states oil needs to be changed early on first change. On a new car however, there are still alot parts 'breaking in' and seating properly, which increases initial wear on parts and contaminates the oil a bit more than a routine change later in the engines life. Therefore, chaning it early will maintain the engine clean and a smooth break in. This is not stated, nor apparently outlined by Chevy, but many here have expereince with engines and new cars, etc. and the ebenfit of their experience is a good idea to use.
It'll only cost an additional few dollars in comparison to the return, plus an early cahnge, even if NOT needed, can hurt nothing.
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Old 07-22-2009, 12:03 PM   #39
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Yep, I will be changing my oil at 500 miles and getting to know my Camaro a little better by changing it myself.
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I own a 2011 V/R Camaro SS. I took it to the dealer for the first oil change at 1K miles. The service manager laughed and said "You have synthetic Mobil 1 in this engine. I don't need to see you for another 4K miles, then thereafter about every 9K miles." I dunno, It makes me a little nervous. I going on faith that the GM engineers say 9K but I'm gonna change every 7-7 1/2 K miles. Staying with Mobil 1. Dealer charges $94.99 with 8 quart synthetic Mobil 1 change. Not really any higher than my conventional oil change on my truck, just twice as often to change my truck's oil.
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I own a 2011 V/R Camaro SS. I took it to the dealer for the first oil change at 1K miles. The service manager laughed and said "You have synthetic Mobil 1 in this engine. I don't need to see you for another 4K miles, then thereafter about every 9K miles." I dunno, It makes me a little nervous. I going on faith that the GM engineers say 9K but I'm gonna change every 7-7 1/2 K miles. Staying with Mobil 1. Dealer charges $94.99 with 8 quart synthetic Mobil 1 change. Not really any higher than my conventional oil change on my truck, just twice as often to change my truck's oil.
Dude, way to resurrect a long dead, year-old thread!!!!!! But, at least your doing a search for your questions, and I'm sure this old thread came up. So, gotta give you props for at least doing a search, that's more than most new guys do!!!
As for the oil, you will get a hundred different opinions on when to change it. Just to be safe, (in my own opinion) I would change out the factory oil after about the first 1500 miles, just to get any nasty stuff out of there that occured during break-in. After that, just follow the "DIC" (Driver Info Center), it will tell you when you need to change the oil. And if you have any mechanical abilities at all (and car ramps) do it your self, you'll save alot of money!! A 5-quart jug of Mobil 1 at Wal-Mart is about $22-$23.
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Old 02-17-2012, 06:22 PM   #42
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Just got a oil change, but my car is still telling me I need a oil change soon.. Will this go away with time?
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Old 02-17-2012, 09:46 PM   #43
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Just got a oil change, but my car is still telling me I need a oil change soon.. Will this go away with time?
You can reset this
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Old 02-22-2012, 05:09 PM   #45
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HAPPY TO HELP. Here you go right from Page 10-14 of the manual:

How to Reset the Engine Oil Life System
Reset the system whenever the engine oil is changed so that the system can calculate the next engine oil change. To reset the system:

1. Turn the ignition to ON/RUN with the engine off.

2. Fully press and release the accelerator pedal three times within five seconds.

The system is reset when the CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON message goes off.

If the CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON message comes back on when the
vehicle is started, the engine oil life system has not been reset. Repeat

the procedure.

THIS FORUM SHOULD BE ABOUT HELPING THOSE THAT NEED IT, NO QUESTION IS A DUMB QUESTION, WE WERE ALL THERE AT ONE POINT. I'M GETTING TIRED OF SEEING THE RAGGING ON OTHERS FOR ASKING A QUESTION THAT HAS BEEN ASKED BEFORE. I MYSELF HAVE TRIED TO SEARCH FOR ANSWERS AND NOT FOUND THE RIGHT THREAD.
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