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The Oil Type, Weight, And Capacity Of A Buick Verano

Despite only being in the American market for one generation, Buick Verano has earned a place among highly sought-after compacts sedans. Let us dive into an important factor that often confuses Verano owners – the engine oil. Before we get into the details, here is a short answer.

The one and only generation of Buick Verano (2012-17) uses engine oils meeting dexos1 specification and with an oil weight of 5W-30. ACdelco dexos1 synthetic blend is a recommended oil. Mobil 1 High Mileage Engine oil works best with this vehicle.

*The engine oils used in Buick Verano are not limited to these brands only. All engine oils fulfilling the requirements given below will work well with your Buick Verano.

This was but a small summary. There are still many questions left unanswered. To understand all of your vehicle’s engine oil needs, read on. We discuss the oil type and viscosity required for the Buick Verano as well as its oil capacity. Important tasks such as how to check the engine oil level or how to change the engine oil have also been described below.

What Is The Oil Type And Oil Viscosity Used In Buick Verano?

Although there are three generations of Buick Verano, there is only 1 generation of Buick Verano in United States. General Motors decided to make the other two generations exclusively for Chinese market. In this article, we will be discussing the American version of Buick Verano.

  • The one and only generation of Buick Verano (2012-17) uses engine oils that are API approved, and meet the dexos1 specification, and with the oil viscosity of 5W-30. For colder areas (below -20°F), you can also use the 0W-30 engine oil. Mobil 1 High Mileage Engine oil meets the requirements for this generation. For 5W-30 engine oil for this generation, click here.

What is The Oil Capacity of a Buick Verano?

Oil Capacity refers to the amount of oil your car’s engine needs to run optimally. The oil capacities of various models of Buick Verano are mentioned below.

Gen 1 (2012-17)

Engine ModelOil Capacity
2.0L L4 Engine5.0 Qt

When To Change The Oil of A Buick Verano?

The vehicle has an Engine Oil Life System that alerts you when it’s time to change the engine oil. The engine oil life is calculated based on vehicle use and so may vary. When the CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON message is displayed, change the engine oil within the next 1000 km (600 miles).

The engine oil must be changed at least once a year or at 5000 km (3000 miles) since the last change.

Also read: The Complete Cost Of Maintaining A Buick

How To Check The Oil Level of A Buick Verano?

Buick suggests that you check the oil level of your engine prior to any long trip. Follow these steps to accurately determine the engine oil level of your Verano.

  1. Ensure that when you are checking the oil level, your vehicle is on level ground.
  2. If the engine is running, turn off the engine and wait several minutes for the oil to drain back to the oil pan. This will give you more accurate oil level readings.
  3. Pull out the dipstick and wipe it clean. After it is cleaned, push it back in all the way and remove it again. Check the oil level while keeping the tip down.
  4. If the oil level is below the cross hatched region, add one quart of oil and recheck the level.

How To Reset The Oil Level of A Buick Verano?

Whenever you change the engine oil of your Buick Verano, it is important that you also reset the Engine Oil Life System. If you don’t reset the engine oil level, it won’t accurately determine when the next oil change is needed.

To reset the engine oil, follow these steps.

  1. Turn the ignition to ON/RUN while keeping the engine off.
  2. Use the DIC menu button on the turn signal lever to enter vehicle information menu. With the help of thumbwheel, find the Oil Life Remaining option.
  3. Press the SLCT/CTRL button to reset the oil life at 100%.
  4. Turn the ignition to Lock/OFF.
  5. Once the system is off, you will see that the Change Engine Oil message will stop appearing.
  6. If the message still appears, repeat the procedure.


2017 Buick Verano’s Owner Manual.