Update # 1 August 2016: Ram 1500 and Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel Now Require 5W-40
Update # 2 August 2016: We now offer an aftermarket oil filter for the EcoDiesel engine
This new formula meets the requirements for Dodge EcoDiesel, GM dexos2 and many of today’s most popular European motor oil standards. Also, is this the cheapest EcoDiesel motor oil?
Back in early December, we announced the release of a new synthetic 5W-30 engine oil for the Dodge EcoDiesel engine. At the time, the reformulated AMSOIL European Formula 5W-30 Improved ESP Synthetic Motor Oil was only available in the new US gallon jug format. This formula is now also available in the US quart (946ml) bottle format as well.
This oil was formulated to cover the Chrysler MS-11106 and ACEA C-3 specifications. This covers the Dodge Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee models equipped with the 3.0L EcoDiesel engine. Another new specification covered by this engine oil is the GM dexos2 diesel spec. The dexos2 motor oil specification is for the 2016 GM Canyon and Chevy Colorado equipped with the 2.8L Turbo Diesel Duramax engine as well as the Chevrolet Cruze with the 2.0L Turbo Diesel “LUZ” engine.
This Low-SAPS (sulfated ash, phosphorus and sulphur) engine oil also covers the following worldwide specifications.
- VW 504.00/507.00
- Mercedes-Benz 229.51
- BMW LL-04
- Porsche C30
EcoDiesel Engine Oil- Cheaper is Better?
We’ve had a few EcoDiesel owners tell that they’re pleased that AMSOIL has created a new engine oil suitable for their new Ram 1500. But then they express disappointment when they learn that this AMSOIL 5W-30 is not the cheapest oil available. Frankly we’re confused by this logic. How is it that some Ram 1500 owners spring big dollars for the EcoDiesel engine option. But then shop for the cheapest engine oil possible? As we’ve stated before, AMSOIL engine oils are not designed to be the cheapest on the market and never will be. AMSOIL endeavors to make the best engine oils in the world. Our customer feedback consistently tells us that they hit this target. The prices that AMSOIL sets for their motor oils are a relative bargain in our opinion. Yes products like Pennzoil Ultra Euro L 5W-30 are going to be cheaper, but we don’t view Pennzoil in the same league as AMSOIL.
EcoDiesel Oil Filter?
Speaking of the Dodge Ram EcoDiesel, as we covered in an article late last year, oil changes for these engines are insanely expensive. One of the biggest contributing factors to this issue is the lack of aftermarket engine oil filters in the marketplace. We’ve heard reports of Dodge dealers charging between $60 and $70 for a plain paper Dodge/Mopar cartridge oil filter. We hope to have a reasonably priced aftermarket oil filter available for the Ram EcoDiesel engine sometime in the next few months.