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Old 17th March 2011
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Default Proper Engine Oil for 2004 9-3 Arc?

Hello everyone!

Just wanted some advice on the proper oil weight for my 2004 Saab 9-3 Arc. The manual reads 0W-30 but at the last oil change...my mechanic used 5W-30. Both of which are synthetic...is there much difference between the two? or should I be using one over the other? Thanks.
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Currently the Standard is Any Dexos 1 Cerified Oil, 5W30 is fine, as is 0W30 or 40. There are now several Brands which meet the spec. The previous recommendation was the GM LL A/B 025 Spec which was a rare bird. It appears GM has lowered the bar as most of the newly acceptable Oils were already on the market.

Pennzoil
Gulf
Mobil
Shell
Quaker State

and a few others now have Oils that have been on the market and meet the "New" Spec.
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Are the Dexos certified oils good for older cars or just the 2011 GM Models? I see that Mobil 1 5-30w is Dexos certified, but it didn't previously meet the spec for my 2004 9-3 before. How can it (Mobil 1) now meet the spec when it didn't meet the spec before? Just wondering. Thanks.
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The Engines have not changed, The Oil has not changed, the Spec has changed which makes more Oils available. I'm an 03 pushing 120K Miles, I'm currently running Gulf GMX but will be switching to Pennzoil because it's more convenient where I now live.
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Are the Dexos certified oils good for older cars or just the 2011 GM Models? I see that Mobil 1 5-30w is Dexos certified, but it didn't previously meet the spec for my 2004 9-3 before. How can it (Mobil 1) now meet the spec when it didn't meet the spec before? Just wondering. Thanks.
Probably Mobil didn't bother to have one more of their oils certified by GM.
Certification involves money and time.
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Are the Dexos certified oils good for older cars or just the 2011 GM Models? I see that Mobil 1 5-30w is Dexos certified, but it didn't previously meet the spec for my 2004 9-3 before. How can it (Mobil 1) now meet the spec when it didn't meet the spec before? Just wondering. Thanks.

Good question. JonV pretty much answered it well above

With that in mind the Dexos cert is not as stringent as the GM LL 025A spec is.
So if you want the best oil and plan on doing extended changes like up to 18,000 mi. I'd suggest using only a GM LL 025 spec'd oil.
The Mobil 1 0W40 meets that, is an excellent oil, used by the dealers, and easy to find.
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