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Old 22 Mar 2004, 10:23 am
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I have a 2005 Convertible Limited that i am going to put a trailer hitch on. I will be towing a 750 pound wave runner and 150 pound trailer. 900 pounds total (give or take gas, oil and beverages) normally i go 50 miles to Clearwater of St Pete for the day. Of course with a full time job it is only on the weekend so it is not like i towing daily. I know the PT is rated for 1000 pounds so that should not be a problem. I also towed the combo with my sebering convertible without any problems.

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I was talking with the parts manager at the dealership and his suggestions are with the turbo it might behoove me to use Mobil 1 oil all the time. I have no problem with that if it is going to save headaches.
He also suggested using premium gas when i am towing and switch back to regular during the week.

I also use this as my work commute vehicle (80 miles round trip 3/4 of it hwy everyday)

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Old 22 Mar 2004, 10:30 am
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There's some good info on towing in this thread:

The advice you got can't hurt. Synthetic oil handles heat better, and the premium runs cooler - both can't hurt.
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Old 22 Mar 2004, 11:32 pm
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if it's a turbo you should use premium all the time. and yes use synthetic oil it handles heet better like don said.
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Old 23 Mar 2004, 01:14 am
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If it is a "turbo lite" then you are okay with regular. Your PCM is detuned and you will realize no improvement.

I always use synth in my turbo cars...always. It does not "coke" like dino oil. "Coking" is frying oil on hot bearings. It forms small abrasive granuals when you shut down and the oil stops circulating. When you start up again it wears the bearings until the oil pressure washes the bearings clean again. It doesn't sound like much but it can significantly reduce bearing life. The effect on turbos these days is much less because the bearings are water cooled though, but it is cheap insurance.
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Old 23 Mar 2004, 10:26 am
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Yes Cal it is the turbo lite (180hp) The manual and dealer says regular gas for normal driving. I do know the 220hp turbo requires premium all the time.
I really don't plan on towing that much because the lake i normally go to is less then 2 miles from my house. But being is Florida you just have to go to the coast once is a while.

Ok so it sounds like the few extra dollars for the oil is just added insurance against much larger bills down the road. Like the commercial says "you can pay me now or pay me later." Now i just have to get it engraved on the oil cap (Mobil 1 ONLY)
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