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The owner's manual does specifiy 5W20, as the recommeded API rating for weight and viscosity. However, it is NOT synthetic. The original oil in the car from the factory is Mopar. However, when you take it to the dealer for an oil change, they will use Mobile1, NON-synthetic. It is a 50/50 mix, so it blends well with the original oil. Hope this helps. However, did you check it when you bought it? Have you noticed any drips or other signs of leaks? If you have, take it in as soon as you can. If nothing else, something just may be loose. Worst case, you could find something that noone else knows about, and maybe Jeep could do something about it. I checked all my fluids on the dealer's lot, so I knew where I was sitting before I drove it home. Like I said, hope this gives you an idea!
 

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That's good. Just keep an eye on it, and you should be ok. BTW, congrats on your new ride. Great choice! Happy driving.
 

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Yes, that is a good way to find out how much oil you actually have in the car, between what is actually in the pan, and what is in the block. I know with the Compass, things do work a bit differently from what I was always told. First, check your engine oil while cold, and your transmission fluid when warm. With this one, I have the CVT II, so there is no checking the fluid. The dealer has to do that with a special tool. Either way, so long as you are checking, you should be fine. Doubt you will burn much now.
 
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