Does the 2009 Nissan 290 HP engine require, (must), the use of Nissan Ester oil? on 2009 Nissan Maxima

I recently purchased the a new Nissan Maxima,2009. I just took it in for it's first sevice call and was advise I "had to" use the Nissan ester oil...$129.99 for an oil change, needless to say Iwas just a little upset, especially since I drive 130 miles per day. Basically this would add $129.99 a month to my car payment. Is the ester oil a "must" factor to maintain my warranty?

by in Painesville, OH on August 29, 2009
7 answers 2 comments
ANSWER by on August 31, 2009
Does your owners manual call for this special oil and at what interval does it need to be changed 5,000 7,500 10,000 stop by a napa auto care center or a chvron oil stop and see what their opinion is
ANSWER by on October 10, 2009
I want the same question answered, I had a regular oil change with no problems
COMMENT by on October 11, 2009
On contacting Nissan USA, I was told by their technical advisor that all that is required is a API 5W30 rated oil. This includes synthetics. This was confirmed by the service manager at a different Nissan dealership. Bottom line, When in doubt, contact Nissan USA directly.
ANSWER by on February 18, 2010
I had the same question when I first bought mine....The service manual clearly states that the oil used needs to be ester oil...Now, you can go ahead and use standard motor oil, but A: you will void your warranty and B: the car won't perform as well.
ANSWER by on March 02, 2010
I had the same problem, Its no where in written stating that Synthatic oil is required but my dealer said that i need to use synthetic oil. When I asked for supporting documentation, they were unable to provide one.
ANSWER by on March 09, 2010
I also got that show when I just took our maxima in for it's first oil change. The service manager there told me it was recommended but that I could still use regular oil
ANSWER by on September 22, 2010
I also have a 2009 Maxima that I purchased new and now have 44,000 miles on it. I have searched everywhere and been told the same thing. I was furious but have not been able to find anything saying different. They don't tell you this when you buy the darn car.
ANSWER by on November 15, 2010
I have owned my 2009 Maxima since 8-08. I ony use 5w-30 Mobile One full syntheic. I now have 70,000 miles with no problems. I spend $30 on oil and filter. Go to Nissan and they should change the oil for less than $10. I also change it at 10,000 mile intervals.
COMMENT by on February 16, 2011
I also have a 2009 maxima and if can clearly feel a different when you use the ester oil....less noise from the engine

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