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When I get my 1st oil change which type of oil should I use regularly? A blend or straight synthetic?

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You'll probably get many opinions but I would use synthetic. I don't even understand the 'blend' or what real benefit it would have over conventional motor oil.

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You'll probably get many opinions but I would use synthetic. I don't even understand the 'blend' or what real benefit it would have over conventional motor oil.
I think the "blends" are a bit less expensive. OTOH, I try not to go cheap when it comes to filters and lubes. I tend to run my vehicles till they take the final dirtnap or the repair costs exceed a new car payment. My last car was 11 years old when a deer threw itself on it and at 92K it was still going strong (wrx turbo wagon).
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Depends on how often you want for your oil changes, just like always....
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I use Castrol full synthetic and buy it from Costco. If you go to the dealership, ask them what synthetic they use?
I also buy high quality filters as well.

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When I get my 1st oil change which type of oil should I use regularly? A blend or straight synthetic?
Just got my first oil change at the dealer and they told me that they use a blend.
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If you are going to keep your car long term, go with full synthetic. If you lease or turn your cars over ever 5yr's or so use any premium oil that meets the OEM spec's in your manual.
No matter if you use oil labeled conventional, semi-syn, of full synthetic, I'd advise you to be sure to adhere to the recommended oil change intervals, and use OEM filters. Also keep proof of all your changes.
Semi-Synthetic, and Synthetic Blend are nothing more than marketing terms. Virtually all modern motor oils are "Semi Syn Blends" as they all have an additive/fortification package formulated into them.
If you want to get into the oil thing deeper I'd suggest reading this.
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I will continue to use Mobil 1 full synthetic as i have used on all my cars since the '80's.
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I use Mobil 1 Synthetic 0W-20 and Kia OEM filters. I never use aftermarket oil filters. The extra expense for a OEM filter is minimal when it comes to the longevity of your engine. After market oil filters have a few generic internal designs used for many different vehicle engines made by many different manufacturers. Kia designs their filters specifically for their engines.
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Had first oil change last week, requested full synthetic and they didn't have it in stock so I had to wait an additional 40 minutes for them to get it. HAHA.
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