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Q: synthetic oil versus regular on 2007 Cadillac DTS

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I called to set up appointment for an oil change for my 2007 Cadillac DTS and the service tech asked me whether it took synthetic oil or regular. I have no idea which I should use. I have never heard of synthetic. I checked my manual and it doesn't mention synthetic. I also looked under the hood for some kind of sticker but couldn't find one. On the oil cap it just specifies the weight of the oil. I want my car to last me a long time and want to do the right thing for it. Does it really matter and how do I know which oil I should use for it?
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