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Old 05-10-2008, 06:01 PM   #1
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Default Synthetic Oil???

I took my 04 Wrx in for routine service (oil change) and the guy told me it should have synthetic (x3 cost) oil put in because its turbocharged. I smelled BS and told him to use regular.

I asked my friend later, he said regular oil is fine.

However, is this completely alright? Should I use synthetic oil? Is it better?
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Old 05-10-2008, 06:04 PM   #2
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Posting in the right forum???
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Using correct thread titles so we have a snapshot of your question???
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Old 05-10-2008, 06:18 PM   #3
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YES u do need synthetic oil. how did u not know this!!! lol but yeah all turbo charged vehicles need synthetic oil. i don't know y but yes the need it. otherwise i'm sure ur turbo will be pissed off at u and end it's life lol
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Old 05-11-2008, 05:15 PM   #4
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you dont NEED synthetic oil.... but it is better for your car to be running w/it. not too sure why it would cost you 3 times the amount for synthetic over regular oil.
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Old 05-11-2008, 07:57 PM   #5
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Go to Wally's World buy a jug of synthetic & filter & tell them to use your oil & charge for labor!

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Old 05-11-2008, 08:05 PM   #6
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this is getting as bad as

which bov should i get?

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Old 05-13-2008, 11:03 PM   #7
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You don't need synthetic as long as you change at regular intervals... I used regular for the first 30000miles of my suby, but i switched to synthetic recently runs noticeably smoother IMO
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