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    having an oil change done tomorrow at ats and they told me to use 5/30w fully synthetic but after ringing dealers (who have done all the servicing up to now)they have said that shell 10/40w semi has always been used on my car.
    car is a 03 2.2 vectra elegance auto.
    not sure if i should continue with the semi as i thought 5/30w fs was needed,not sure if it being an auto makes any difference.
    any advice will be appreciated.

    serviced at 22k,32k,42k at vauxhall and now on 52k.
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    It used to be recommended to use 10w/40 semi, but recently Vauxhall have suggested using 5w/30 fully synth for models 2002 and newer.

    http://www.vauxhall.co.uk/vx/owners/...oils.do#Vectra

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    cheers for reply dave,thats what i was told 5/30w fs but vauxhall have not been using what they reccomend themselves,on mine anyway.
    i went for the shell helix 10/40w semi £29.99 at ats job done now,not because of the price as 5/30w fs was only £39.99 but to stick with what has been used on all its services previously.
    think i will just change it twice a year though say may/june (ready for warmish weather) and nov/december(for winter)
    i used to own a modified 300bhp subaru impreza and i run that on shell helix 10/40w semi but i changed oil every 4k and it was getting to the stage where it needed changing at 4k, so im hoping 6k will be ok on the vectra.

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    did mine with 10 40 ! then used 5 30 the second time ! seemed slightly smoother with the latter in !

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    10/40 is ok for 10k changes, they say the 5/30 is ok for 20k Its all up to you though
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    cheers for replys, i have gone with the shell helix 10/40w £29.99 all in from ats, (not bad as i think 5L of shell helix is £25 and the oil filter £5 and it saves me getting any oil on the drive) i will get it done twice a year.

    obviously vauxhall didnt want to use the 5/30w 20k oil change route with this car, wether thats because they want to make more money with more regular services or they reccomend an oil but they then do a u turn and are now saying 20k is a bit much for an oil change who knows.

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    When my vectra was in for it's first service last January the dealer used 10-40w.When i asked about it they said they use this to keep service costs down. I'll be demanding the long life stuff this January

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