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    What do you guys use for fluids. New time Spyder owner and looking to see what people prefer.

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    Welcome.

    I run the oil the Toyota parts guy gives me. It’s a 5w-30 in a Toyota bottle. Toyota doesn’t sell the tranny fluid. I used a GL-4 rated gear oil. Pep boys sold it to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr2salty View Post
    Welcome.

    I run the oil the Toyota parts guy gives me. It’s a 5w-30 in a Toyota bottle. Toyota doesn’t sell the tranny fluid. I used a GL-4 rated gear oil. Pep boys sold it to me.
    Is that synthetic? I have a new to me '01 with 15K miles. Can I go synthetic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dobb View Post
    Is that synthetic? I have a new to me '01 with 15K miles. Can I go synthetic?
    Yes you can use synthetic, I would and do use a good synthetic.
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    I have been using Mobil 1 on my Honda for 250k (and the 200k one before that). My Focus RS uses Motorcraft 5w50 and there are no other oils here that support that weight and endorsement (or I would use Mobil 1 for that too). In the olden days, there was a fear that changing from standard to synthetic will cause the seals to leak but I don't know that it's an issue for cars made after 2000.
    I am at a loss for transmission fluid though - I am planning to run Redline MTL on the spyder. Honda and Ford make their own trans fluid so I use theirs, but for the Toyota I guess we're on our own.

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    Synthetic engine oil is highly suggested, especially on a pre 2003 as it will reduce ring sticking and other problems. There are no compatibly issues with modern oils. I use Mobil 1 0W-40 FS which is listed as a European Car Formula, and many others have used A Castrol European formula oil. The newest Mobil 1 ESP is very similar in specs to the FS. Toyota sells a good synthetic oil as well. We have a 2003 with 135,000 miles that used the Toyota Synthetic from new for the first 125,000 miles and the inside of the engine is like new. A Toyota tech rep had recommended the synthetic to the original owner who worked for Toyota. Stick with Toyota oil filters.

    Most people use Redline MT90 or Amsoil GL-4 transmission fluid. Both are synthetics.
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    This -> https://www.amazon.com/Pennzoil-5500.../dp/B01M266FWZ is on sale with a $10 rebate which makes it $15 delivered...
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