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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-05-2017, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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Best oil and filter for 2017 Pilot?

I want to change my own oil in my 2017 Pilot Touring. Is there a recommended type of oil and filter I should be using? Best source to get online?
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Honda filter while under warranty and any 0w20 oil from Wally World.
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Given the demands that the VCM system seems to place on motor oil, choosing a full synthetic oil would seem to be worth the relatively small cost premium.
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I have done extensive reading about this and I would not trust anything other than a FULL synthetic in my 08 Pilot. The J35 is very hard on oil and runs at high temperatures (also burns oil) especially on the highway when VCM is active. I would use a premium oil filter too something like Royal Purple, Purolator Boss, or Mobil 1... Honda filter is a garbage expensive FRAM. Search amazon or you can get Mobil 1 Extended Protection (great off the shelf synthetic) at Chinamart for less than $30.

I usually run 5w-30 Mobil 1 Synthetic with a Purolator Boss or Royal Purple filter. I am considering switching to 0w-30 Redline. I know it is overkill but it is pennies compared to engine repairs and its my car so I do what I want :-)

If you are changing your own oil why not spend the extra $20-$30 and get premium oil and premium filter? Its a very small investment to keep your engine running clean. Just my opinion.


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Honda filter is a garbage expensive FRAM.
Not if you get the Honda filter for the S2000.

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I did my own oil change. I went with Mobil 1 full synthetic and a Fram filter designed for synthetic oil. It was only about $12 more for oil and filter both over conventional oil and filter. I have a new 2017 Pilot EX.
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Not if you get the Honda filter for the S2000.
So I have heard, but for the same price on amazon you can get a royal purple with the 25 micron glass media :-)


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I did my own oil change. I went with Mobil 1 full synthetic and a Fram filter designed for synthetic oil. It was only about $12 more for oil and filter both over conventional oil and filter. I have a new 2017 Pilot EX.
Did you use the tough guard or ultra synthetic?


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So I have heard, but for the same price on amazon you can get a royal purple with the 25 micron glass media
Is it the same price before or after you add shipping charges?

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Always used the cheapest oil of own recommended weight. The walmart brand synthetic is cheap and name brand stuff.... usually change it when oil life shows 15-20% left. Never used oil between fill ups and some vehicles were subjected to extreme racing and heavy towing for many miles.... (those last two examples were not hondas).

So in the end brand wont matter its like gas - all comes from the same place with a tiny difference in additives... but - if being particular helps ya sleep then by all means get some sleep.
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Is it the same price before or after you add shipping charges?
I have Prime so 2 day shipping is free.


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Always used the cheapest oil of own recommended weight. The walmart brand synthetic is cheap and name brand stuff.... usually change it when oil life shows 15-20% left. Never used oil between fill ups and some vehicles were subjected to extreme racing and heavy towing for many miles.... (those last two examples were not hondas).

So in the end brand wont matter its like gas - all comes from the same place with a tiny difference in additives... but - if being particular helps ya sleep then by all means get some sleep.
I agree with you as any oil should be sufficient. However, there are HUGE differences in the chemical engineering involved to create top-tier oils. They use more additives, better base stocks (4 and 5), respond better to heat, and just perform better. This is why you don't see race cars and industrial equipment using cheap oils.

Now, will your car be ok if you use the cheapest oil and change it regularly? Yes.
However, when it comes down to it, engineering is engineering, and top tier oils just perform better.

Your driving tendencies have a lot to do with it too.


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I have Prime so 2 day shipping is free.
Is Prime free?

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I personally use Mobil 1 0w20afe with a Fram Ultra. If you watch for Fram rebates through the year you can get the Ultra for a great price. You certainly don't need to use Honda filters while under warranty. Don't know if you are a Costco member, but I buy the Mobil on sale for 25.99 for a 6 pack of quarts and then combine it with Mobil's rebate of 12.00. Brings the cost of a quart way down. The prices of full syn and regular dino are so close, doesn't make sense not to use full syn. I paid a lot for my Pilot, and the last thing to cheap out on is oil and filter.
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When are you guys changing your oil? When I had my 2006 Pilot, I changed it every 3000 miles even though the dealer said to do it at 5K miles. The engine had 189K miles and was still going strong when i traded it in for my 2017 Pilot. Also, if you change the oil yourself and sometimes down the road, if something is wrong with the engine and had to be worked on how do you prove it to Honda that you changed the oil regularly because if I understand correctly, you need to change the oil and have all your schedule maintenance done as recommended or your Honda Care warranty won't cover it.

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