Genuine NISSAN engine oil
5w30API SL or SMILSAC grade GF-3 or GF-4
ACEA A1/B1, A3,B4, A5/B5, C2 or C3
The way I read this spec list, the oil must confirm to one of the options from each line. IE API SL and ILSAC GF-3 and ACEA A1/B1.
Now, I went to Halfords, collected all the 5w30 small bottles I could find and asked behind the counter. Halfords computer recommendation was 5w30 Halfords Renault oil. However on the back it said "Oil Standard: ACEA C4". I decided to dismiss this given the fact ACEA C4 is not listed as being recommended, although I do appreciate that the engine is an "Renault" engine and made after 2007. It could be that C4 surpasses ACEA C2 or C3, but without further knowledge I didn't want to risk. Out of the lot, the one that I found which appeared to be compatible was Castrol Magnatec 5w30 A1 Fully Synth oil. This spec is:
* API SL
* ILSAC GF-3
* ACEA A1/B1, A5,B5
I believe this oil is bob on for the 1.2 DIG-T engine. Anybody like to wade in on this before I go and pour it in?
Opie Oils responded with the following email:
Hi Stephen Sorry for the delay, it looks like your email was missed for some reason. I very much doubt that the Magnatec A1 you used will cause an issue, my only concern is that as the handbook mentions the ACEA C2 and C3 spec, it could be that your car has a sensitive emissions system. It's rare that a petrol engine requires an ACEA C spec oil (they are mainly for modern diesels), but there are a few petrol engines that have sensitive catalytic converters and need a C spec oil.
http://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-792-acea-c3.aspx Any of the 5w-30 oils via that link should be absolutely fine. Unfortunately, the 1.2 Qashqai is not on our databases yet, so I can't check on definite requirements of the engine, so can't be 100% sure, but I'm almost 100% sure those oils would be suitable. Regards Tim
Interesting response. So looks like Magnatec A1 is "incorrect" although wont do any harm short term (only a couple of months before first service) and low amount (top up), and the better oil would have been Magnatec C3 (also a Halfords recommendation). Not a definitive answer BUT given I sent them the spec required from the handbook and they came back with that link...