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Old 12-01-2019, 05:16 PM   #1
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Default Astra Oil Capacity? How much do you guys use?

I did my first oil change on my 08 Astra a couple weeks ago. Since the manual specified ď4.8 Qts.Ē I held back about 6 oz. from my 5 qt. container. It seemed kind of silly but I thought well, Iíll do as they say the first time. I checked the level after the change and it seemed full but now a couple of weeks later I checked and Iím about 1/4 qt. low. No leaks and not burning any.

Do you guys actually measure out 4.8 qts. or just put the whole 5 qts. in?

I know this is kind of a nit-picky question but Iím just curious. Any other car and I would have just dumped in the full 5 qts. and said the hell with it.
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Old 12-02-2019, 10:54 AM   #2
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Default Re: Astra Oil Capacity? How much do you guys use?

I pour in 4 1/2 quarts, then check it every time I get gas. I've never needed to add more than 1/2 quart between oil changes. 115k miles, full synth every 5k.
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Default Re: Astra Oil Capacity? How much do you guys use?

Strongly recommend only full synthetic oil for the Astra based on vvt issues.

I changed to full synthetic this autumn. It silenced all the vvt clatter at startup and saved me an expensive and difficult replacement of cogs.
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Default Re: Astra Oil Capacity? How much do you guys use?

I've only ever used only synthetic in this car, but I'm lazy and just pour the whole 5 quarts in. So far no issues, and I get back basically everything I put in when I drain it.
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