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    Default Oil change in Diesel Picasso

    We have had our diesel Picasso just over six months and it went in last week to the dealer for its first service, the service is straightforward and all they really do is change the oil and filter.

    I have since checked the oil and it is very dark in color, in fact almost black, is this normal?

    I have only owned and serviced petrol engined cars before and am use to that golden brown color after an oil change. From the invoice it says they used Mobil 1.

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    Diesel engines will always blacken their oil quickly apparently. However the Mobil 1 oil would likely not meet the required specifications for your car's engine.

    Look at the log book for your car and compare the specifications for Mobil 1 oil to see if they align.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UFO View Post
    Diesel engines will always blacken their oil quickly apparently. However the Mobil 1 oil would likely not meet the required specifications for your car's engine.
    Mobil 1 is a brand these days, not a particular oil.

    There are five different versions - one of which (ESP 5W30) is the correct ACEA C2/C3 spec for particle filter applications. They've even gone to the expense of gaining a Peugeot/CitroŽn approval spec.

    Hopefully, they've used the right one

    Yes, diesel engine oil turns black very quickly after an oil change.
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    Depends on whick Mobil 1 they used, and yes, it go black straight away.

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    thanks guys, thats very helpful, and to SLC 206 thanks for that info, i have checked the invoice and that is the oil they have listed so it looks like they have used the correct oil, and i needn't worry about the color.

    thanks again

    Mika

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    A happy outcome and with the resolution of the question too. Good stuff
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    I'm sure the oil will be black in the C4 here .... and I just backed it out of the shed after changing the oil.

    I'd suggest anyone with a C4 checks that frail piece of junk called an undertray too. It was cracked and displaced on this car. It's only done 35,000kms and was owned by a granny So they do get damaged easily (I pulled it off and put it back together so it sat correctly). The nose does come down hard leaving carparks if your not really careful though.

    I'd suggest doing the oil changes yourself if it's out of warranty. At least you know the right oil has been used then. The only service done on this one was the 10,000km service by the local Citroen dealer .... and they put the wrong bloody oil in So the last two oil changes have been done by us.

    Supercheap has the nulon oil amazingly 5-30 low ash (10litres for about $120 from memory ... enough for several changes) and the oil filters are available for $25 each from the local citroen dealer.

    BTW: 20,000km oil changes in the service book for this one that's crazy, we have been doing them every 10,000!!! Oils very cheap compared to a new turbo/motor

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