I wouldn't worry about the minor differences between viscosity and pour point between the two. The 5W20 is able to handle cold temperatures better than the 5W30. With the 5W30 you might lose a little bit of fuel economy but all in all I don't think you'll notice anything. I'll stick with the 5W20 myself for the winter here in Canada.
That is a good call smokey, but I'd honestly rather blame it on Daimler haha, just to stick it to them, not that Chrysler wouldn't have been in enough financial trouble all on their own anyway, but Daimler's involvement certainly didn't help. One thing for sure, I'll never buy a Mercedes. BMW for me if I buy German.
Daimler probably had a hand in it. You can also blame Mitsubishi and Hyundai too since they helped design the engine. The would add Korea and Japan to the list. If you count Daimler then you can include Germany, but since Daimler sold Chrysler in 2007 and kept a 19% share I choose not to include it. Incidently Daimler regained control of Chrysler in March 2009. I'll blame Cerebus Capital Management for this period since they had 80% control of the company(I'll blame them for chrysler's financial nose dive too).
One thing has become clear to me now, I have too much time on my hands to know this stuff.
I agree with the dig on Cerberus. I always wondered what a private equity firm knew about vehicles in the first place.....? Those people are into hedge funds and the like, which would explain their interest in Chrysler in the first place, as they don't trade in asset backed securities but rather invest their money in speculative ventures at best. Guess they hedged their bet and lost.....
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