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Conventional vs Synthetic Oil

I have an 08 V6 took to the dealer for an oil change. Afterwards noticed the car would idle rough, no engine lights though. Took the car back & they couldn't find anything wrong?!

I then ask the guy in the service bay would switching to Synthetic be better? He says Honda recommends using conventional.

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What brand oil did they use?

Thats the problem going somewhere for an oil change. Usually the places use the cheapest oil they can find. At Firestone they use Kendall oil which is good but a cheap no name oil filter. Most dealers use a good oil filter but no name oil. Last oil change I went to a Ford dealer and they used Motorcraft syn-blend oil with a MC oil filter for $20 with coupon and $25 without.

If I were you I'd probably buy a jug of Pennzoil, Quaker State, Motorcraft, Shell, or Mobil and take it to the dealer and have them put some good stuff in your engine. I'd say it's worth it since oil is the life blood of the engine. Probably no need for a new oil filter since they just a new one in. Hopefully, they will do this for you free of charge since you just paid them and are not satisfied. Check the oil level also to make sure its not low.

I know you asked about conventional and syn but I think the real question should be using a no name oil versus a name brand oil. Just about all the name brand oils are very good. Just pick one.
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I took it to a Honda dealer so you would think they know better?!

My next oil chand I'll be doing it myself with Mobil Syn...
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Honda retroactively recommends 0w20 synthetic to their Accords back to 2003 or so. I'm running Kendall and it has been great. Trying Amsoil soon. I'll always recommend a synth, but dino shouldn't make a 2008 ride rough. Look into something else. Is the oil level good?
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Just had it changed on Thursday, level is good.
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Just had it changed on Thursday, level is good.
Well that was what I was getting at. Did you check, or are you relying on the mechanic having done things correctly?
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Well that was what I was getting at. Did you check, or are you relying on the mechanic having done things correctly?
Yes I checked the level, it's good & clean.

They tried to say maybe some bad gas? No because I got gas before the oil change.
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Back to the Dealer today, Engine light came on.

They found misfire fault code & they updated the computer software & replace #3 spark plug which was broken.

I knew I wasn't crazy something was going on and it's wild how this started after an oil change?!
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Glad it worked out for you!
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If you have a V6 then conventional. The J-series wasn't designed around synthetic and would not be able to take advantage of it. I've been using conventional and it's held up well. No change in MPG and no drop of oil burned. I use 5w30/winter and fall and 10w30/spring and summer.
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The 0W-20 oil that Honda now recommends for all their engines is made from synthetic base stock, whether it's advertised as such or not. All 0W-20 oils are synthetic as of today.
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Last I heard all 0w20 are syn. a great site on oil stuff is bobistheoilguy.com. Many people over there with great knowledge on oil.
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I had a 2002 accord that lasted 10 years without using any oil, 100K+ miles. I just traded it in for a 2012 V6L coupe. I love it.

I always used brand name oil and fram filters, like I said after 10 years no oil use whatsoever. If it did I couldn't see it on the dipstick. Of course I changed it every 3-4K miles (i know old school).

I think I'll continue to use Dino on my new accord since it did me so right with my original accord.
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The 0W-20 oil that Honda now recommends for all their engines is made from synthetic base stock, whether it's advertised as such or not. All 0W-20 oils are synthetic as of today.
in my 2010 2.4L owners manual, its recommended to use 0W20 but doesn't specify synthetic. I'm using Mobil 1 which on the 5qt container, mentions is made specifically for Honda and Toyota engines.

hey, it sounds good anyway! :p
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Last I heard all 0w20 are syn. a great site on oil stuff is bobistheoilguy.com. Many people over there with great knowledge on oil.
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The 0W-20 oil that Honda now recommends for all their engines is made from synthetic base stock, whether it's advertised as such or not. All 0W-20 oils are synthetic as of today.

0W20 can be full synthetic or a synth blend. Honda's own 0W20 brand name has a blend:
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