Once I get the car, I'm drivng it home from Louisville, KY to NYC, NY. SO after the first 2,000miles than 3,000 going forward. I only use Valvoline SYNpower Full Synthetic. Been using it in my 2007 Saturn Sky redline with a 2.0 turbo. I drive the car pretty hard time to time. It's a full city car. And I go for 1,000+ mile trips with it two to three times a year. I have over 50,000 miles on the car. It's a great oil. And I will be using it in the Spark.
Changed the oil at 1,000 miles with Mobil 1. Not sure if it was due to the engine breaking in, but it was quieter at idle after the oil change. Next oil change will be at 7,500 or per the OLM. When it gets to under 20% I'll change the oil.
a tiny 1200cc engine developing 84 HP is stressed pretty good ,would use best oil one could ,,id suggest yes ,castrol, valvoline ,mobil one , penzoil, ultra synthetic , probably a few others too as long as get the best and full premium synthetic . being from east , im kinda partial to penzoil , grew up with it in all kinds of hot rods and racing engines , did have excellent results with mobil,one synthetic in my 92 ford 150 pu / with 351 eng, was losing some oil,pressure/erratic; and that cured it completely and sounds and runs much better .and uses no oil,,none!
a few years ago this spark engine would have been a 45 or 50 HP engine ,as now it is what would have been full,race tune then , so it could be kinda stressed if used extremly hard . you want the best for it.( oil and care) with the fuel injection, dohc's and 16 valves , variable valve timming , ect ,,its deffinetly a full race engine n for its size and HP . its a jewell , but not unbreakable ,,cherish it .would have cost you many$$$ to have duplicated it back in the 60's/70's ect
My 2013 Kia Cerato 3 has been using only this engine oil since its first use. The mileage is already 201,000 km and (ugh, ugh) no complaints to the engine, but I try to change the oil every 8000-9000 km. This engine oil is recommended by the manufacturer. True, to be fair, I poured into the car tribotechnical composition Suprotek, but I am sure that the oil is a fundamental thing in the reliable operation of the engine.
The manual for my 2022 reads change oil at 7,500 miles. No way I'll wait that long to change 0W-20 oil in this 105-115 degree Texas heat. I'll do my first oil change at 2,500 miles & every 5,000 after that. Just got a gallon of Amsoil 0W-20 Signature Series synthetic & a Purolator Boss oil filter. Due in about 2 weeks. I printed the receipts in case the dealer tries to challenge my warranty in the future.
Just change it as per the owners manual if you are a worry wart. Any more and you are just throwing money down the drain. You have to bet the mfg has at LEAST a 2:1 safety margin in there, meaning you could doouble the manual change interval if you wanted to.
If you ARE a worry wart, change your filter everyy 5000 miles. You can't hurt synthetic oil in a gas engine, it just gets dirty.