Different LE2's?
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    Different LE2's?

    If I am not mistaken the same LE2 DI engine was used on all 2nd gen Cruzes from 2016 till production ended this year? Or was there some sort of 'refresh' of the LE2 in 2018 and 2019 model years. Reason I ask is I noticed the recommended Oil for the 2018 and 2019 LE2 Cruzes is 0w-20 vs 2016 and my own 2017's 5w-30.

    If it's the same engine, would it hurt or be beneficial for my to run that same 0w-20 in my 2017?

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    I can't recommend switching to 0w20 in your 2017. I have an 18 and I run 5w30, I don't think anyone should run 0w20 in their Cruze if they plan on keeping it low g term.

    The engine was designed for 5w30. It was changed to 0w20 for fuel economy reasons.

    The LE2 received an updated piston in built engines sometime toward the end of 2017 beginning of 2018, and LE2s that have had pistons replaced since then have gotten new style pistons as well. Even when a 2016/17 is fitted with new pistons it's oil recommendation doesn't change from 5w30 to 0w20.

    Stick with a high quality full synthetic Dexos1 5w30 or an Amsoil 5w30 if you can swing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ma v e n View Post
    The LE2 received an updated piston in built engines sometime toward the end of 2017 beginning of 2018, and LE2s that have had pistons replaced since then have gotten new style pistons as well. Even when a 2016/17 is fitted with new pistons it's oil recommendation doesn't change from 5w30 to 0w20.
    Could you supply the forum with a date or VIN range for the changeover?
    I'm curious as to which pistons are in my June 2017 RS, which I assume was one of the last 2017s made.
    2017 Cruze LT RS
    2016 Cruze LT with Sun&Sound

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ma v e n View Post
    Stick with a high quality full synthetic Dexos1 5w30 or an Amsoil 5w30 if you can swing it.

    I've ran Amsoil Signature Series 5w-30 and Shell 93 octane since I rolled her off the lot brand new Nov '17

    I'm curious to the VIN range as well, though the door placard on mine says 11/16 for when it was built.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JunkieXL View Post
    I've ran Amsoil Signature Series 5w-30 and Shell 93 octane since I rolled her off the lot brand new Nov '17

    I'm curious to the VIN range as well, though the door placard on mine says 11/16 for when it was built.
    My 17 was built 8/16. I bought at the end of 9/17. Had 123 miles.

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