RE: 2001 Dodge Dakota Oil Recommendations
i personally think people make to much of a thing about oil. from my experiences with all different cars i dont think it matters much as long as you use name brand oils and filters and most importantlychange it regularly. it also depends on how you drive. lots of city stop and go traffic kills oil so if that is you, id just change it a little more often.
myself, i buy a name brand, valvoline, penzoil, quaker state...whatever is on sale at the time and always use 10-30 and change it about every 4000 miles. i usually buy purolater oil filters because they are quality at a lower price, but then again, whatever is on sale at the time. however, i did have a car that had almost 300,000 miles on it and noticed that the quaker state high milage oil worked wonders and would suggest that to anyone who has a vehicle that either smokes a little or burns some oil.
i have read that synthetics are a waste of money...todays engines are built sturdy enough that it is not necessary to use those. if one can get 250-300k miles or even moreout of an engine they are doing pretty well and i have done that with my regimen...