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Old 11-17-2008, 09:15 AM   #1
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Keep My 2SS Going

I am going to be 46 if GM survives and get my 2SS. I plan on this being my last car. Meaning I want to keep it running 30 years.

With that said can any of you car buffs tell me the following:

1. Best Oil to use.
2. How often to change it
3. How often change transmission fluid. Going with Auto.

And last but not least what do you guys use to keep interior in good shape and how often?

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Old 11-17-2008, 09:25 AM   #2
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I'm a fan of Mobil 1. They recommend changing your oil every 3000 miles, though you should be fine doing about 5k before changing.
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Old 11-17-2008, 09:49 AM   #3
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You will hear alot of people tell you different things about oil

follow the manufactures recomendations. The pay engineers millions of dollars to figure this stuff out. Follow what the owners manual says and you will be fine

Oil never looses it lubricisity (SP) oil gets contaminated as a by product of hydrocarbon emmisions that a internal combustion engine creates. Oil will always lubricate.

I dont believe in changing transmission fluid on a auto....but thats just me most people will disagree with that statment. To each his own.
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Old 11-17-2008, 09:56 AM   #4
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I'm a fan of Mobil 1. They recommend changing your oil every 3000 miles, though you should be fine doing about 5k before changing.


I'd say 5 - 7k on synthetic is fine. I will be doing it every 3k though. My thoughts is that it is cheap peace of mind and certainly can't hurt. Oil is your cars blood ..

On as side note .. I wouldn't listen to all manufacturers recommendations ... my 135i .. turbo 3.0L which also uses the oil for the turbo as well.. the recommend every 15k .. LOL ... That might be fine for someone who has a lot of money or doesn't want to keep the car (poor bastard whoever does get it used though) ... I think some people have tested their oil and seems like 7k is good but don't push it past that (with synthetics) ..

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Old 11-17-2008, 10:14 AM   #5
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Found this, interesting read.

http://neptune.spacebears.com/cars/stories/mobil1.html

I will go with Mobile one and maybe 5-8k Oil/Filter changes.
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Old 11-17-2008, 11:06 AM   #6
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Found this, interesting read.

http://neptune.spacebears.com/cars/stories/mobil1.html

I will go with Mobile one and maybe 5-8k Oil/Filter changes.
Sounds like a plan .. always keep this flexible as well .. if you do any track time or run the car hard, you may want to bump your time frame up a little. Either way .. sounds like your on the right track ..

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Old 11-17-2008, 11:10 AM   #7
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Roal Purple is suppse to be the best of the best. . . I never used it. . I use Mobil 1. . .Change oil filter at 3k. . at a qt and change filter and oil at 6k.
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Old 11-17-2008, 11:11 AM   #8
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I run mobile 1 in all my vehicles and change it every 3-4K. I would change the trans fluid and filter at 10k and every 30-40k, rearend lube at 10k,every 50k after IMO.
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Old 11-17-2008, 12:08 PM   #9
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I run mobile 1 in all my vehicles and change it every 3-4K. I would change the trans fluid and filter at 10k and every 30-40k, rearend lube at 10k,every 50k after IMO.
What is a rear-end lube?
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Old 11-17-2008, 12:34 PM   #10
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What is a rear-end lube?
I guess we can't blame you for not googling that.

He means the oil in the diferential.
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Old 11-17-2008, 12:39 PM   #11
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All synthetic are not full synthetic , do a little more digging and you see what Iam talking about .

I run Amsoil's fluids and like them very much .
If you what to run Mobil 1 get the "Extended Performance" oil .

And for the love of your car dont use R.P. rearend fluid , Ive seen independent test where it thins WAY out quickly .
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Old 11-17-2008, 12:41 PM   #12
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If you race or drive your car hard a lot you need to change oil every 3k or less depending on how often you do these. For the typical driver though change the oil between 5k and 7k but no more then 7k.

Other then the 1st 5k of owning a vehicle, I've never seen anyone change the tranny fluid in an auto.
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Old 11-17-2008, 12:44 PM   #13
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the Auto trans is a sealed system and you do not change the fluid in it very often.
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Old 11-17-2008, 01:29 PM   #14
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the Auto trans is a sealed system and you do not change the fluid in it very often.
I have an uncle that retired after a lifetime of being an automatic transmission specialist. He always recommended fluid and filter change after 50K. As long as the clutch packs have not been burned and the shifting is normal, there is really no need to take any action. That's why there is a dipstick and no drain plug usually. Pull the dipstick occasionaly, which most oil change centers do for you, to see if the fluid is clean. Smell it to see if it smells burnt. If not and fluid level is normal you have nothing to worry about. If the fluid doesn't look or smell normal you could have any of several problems. IE: torque converter, clutch pack, planeteary gears, etc.
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Old 11-17-2008, 01:31 PM   #15
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Roal Purple is suppse to be the best of the best. . . I never used it. . I use Mobil 1. . .Change oil filter at 3k. . at a qt and change filter and oil at 6k.
I've heard nothing but good things about Royal Purple, a bunch of guys @ the auto hobby shop on base swear by it.

my car's tranny claims "Lifetime oil, do not change - buuuulll shiza! i've got other pics of the gray sludge from a guys tranny pan after 80k miles. i'd go by rule of thumb on that, not the manual
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Old 11-17-2008, 01:39 PM   #16
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My 98 Z28 just hit 228,000 miles its my daily driver, about 80 miles a day.
At about 20,000 miles I put in Castrol SYNTEC. I have had no engine problems at all.
I go between 10-15k miles between changes.

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Old 11-17-2008, 02:09 PM   #17
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First off, Royal Purple is crap from the analysis I've seen.

If you want to read up on oil, and what is best, check out real life examples at www.bobistheoilguy.com and look at the forums. Those guys really know their stuff and have oil analysis reports to back up what they tell you.

I have a friend who works in automotive oil testing. He says to go 1K miles for every quart the engine holds. So if the oil capacity is 5 qts, then 5K miles for oil changes. Don't bother with synthetic unless you're going to do extended oil change intervals of 10K miles or more.

I use Castrol GTX and have good oil analysis reports from it with a 5,000 mile interval.

If you want to use synthetic, Penzoil Platinum gets great results on 10,000 mile intervals in most cars. Again just review the oil analysis reports at the link above, or better yet have a couple performed on your Camaro to determine IT's best interval. I recommend Black Stone Labs.

Standard transmission fluid changes are every 30K miles.

As for the interior, use good cleaning/conditioning products like those from www.griotsgarage.com and especially the leather cleaner/conditioner if you went that route. Also use a steam cleaner on the carpet once yearly.
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