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Question Synthetic Oil Required?

Took 2016 MDX AWD with Tech in for oil change at dealer. Service writer insisted synthetic oil required. I told him the owner's manual did not say that and then he said it was noted on the dip-stick cover. That showed only the required weight. He said that weight was for synthetic and it would have a different number were it for non-synthetic. He went on to say that if the mechanic put in another oil and the engine failed, the mechanic would be personally responsible.

This dealer's service department is usually good and comprehensive (unlike their 1964-style sales department). Even so, this all sounds fishy to me. Anyone have an answer for me?

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Your vehicle requires 0W20, which I have never seen sold in "conventional" varieties. So the way the service advisor explained it was probably poor, but the end result is that you need 0W20 which is going to be a semi-synthetic/blend, at minimum, and is often a full synthetic. There are no non-synthetic "conventional" options.

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Technically you can buy 0w-20 Synthetic blend, but why? For a $5-$7 more you can go full synthetic that will give your engine much better protection.
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@donaldrhamilton, page 134 of your owner's manual should have the oil you use. and it says 'Premium-grade 0w-20 detergent oil with an API certification seal on the container'.

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Just go with synthetic....preferred Mobil 1. Your engine will thank you in the long run. You can pick it up at Wally
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Pennzoil Plat or Ultra Plat is my -go to- oil for my '13
I use more 5-30 in the summer and then 0-20 for the winter

it doesnt burn a drop.. [ im one the the lucky ones .. so far.. knock on wood..]

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