GM Standard GM6094M for motor oil

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GM Standard GM6094M for motor oil

Postby Man of Steel » Fri May 20, 2005 3:38 am

My 05 Vibe owners manual specifically states that I should only use oil that meets GM6094M standard and has the API starburst symbol on the container. What is the GM6094M standard and what if the oil is API certified but makes no mention of the GM standard? Will I screw up my engine or is this some kind of scheme to get you to buy Goodwrench oil and/or go to the dealer for oil changes?

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Re: GM Standard GM6094M for motor oil (Man of Steel)

Postby joatmon » Fri May 20, 2005 4:58 am

a quick google for that spec number turned up http://www.roadandtrack.com/ar...ber=1, where they say
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I purchased a 2004 Pontiac GTO in January 2004. In my owner's manual it says to use only oil identified as meeting GM standard GM6094M and having the starburst symbol on the front of the oil container.

There's nothing in the auto parts stores marked like this. I talked to the dealership and even called GM; they didn't know anything about these numbers.

I know the car has a Corvette engine, but I was trying to avoid using Mobil 1 because it's so expensive.
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The General Motors oil specification you cite — GM6094M — denotes specific loads and temperatures to be met in the test lab. Our research did not uncover the specific goals of GM6094M, but quickly showed that many synthetic and mineral based oils meet the requirements, so there is nothing too exotic about your engine's oil requirements. Both Havoline (mineral) and Redline (synthetic) 5W-30 oils meet this specification, for example, so you ought to be able to find a number of oils that will work.

As for the starburst, that is simply the certification mark of the American Petroleum Institute. It will be found on any quality motor oil.

also, http://www.castrol.com indicates that their oils meet GM6094M

I imagine most major brand oils are going to meet the spec requirements.

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Re: GM Standard GM6094M for motor oil (Man of Steel)

Postby micbarric » Wed May 25, 2005 4:16 am

Here is a list of oils (from the GM TechLink website) that meet the GM6094M standard:

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Postby ragingfish » Wed May 25, 2005 7:54 am

OT:

That guy paid over $30k for a GTO and won't put out a few extra bucks per oil change for a better performing oil?

That's really sad.

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Postby 04BlkVibe » Wed May 25, 2005 10:40 am

Interesting. Didn't see any Valvoline SynPower. But I got an email from Valvoline saying that they meet that spec!
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Postby ragingfish » Wed May 25, 2005 11:52 am

Quote, originally posted by 04BlkVibe »
Interesting. Didn't see any Valvoline SynPower. But I got an email from Valvoline saying that they meet that spec!

IIRC, that's a relatively new product to the market. Comparatively, anyway.

Perhaps SynPower was released after that document's last revision?

EDIT: Never mind, just saw it was revised on 5/9/05. Screws that theory.

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Postby Man of Steel » Thu May 26, 2005 10:36 am

A little surprised I don't see Valvoline on the list. Very insightful. Thanks.
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Re: (silverawd26)

Postby SublimeVibe » Sun Nov 06, 2005 9:45 am

I switched to Mobil 1 0w30 as soon as I gto it home from the dealer and have been running it ever since .I live in extreme weather ,it can hit temps in the -40 to -75 with the windchill and I have the car starting without a problem,once I got the battery changed but thats a whole another story.
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