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hiphopman

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Message Posted: Jun 7, 2011 10:14:34 PM

I find this great in winter for easy starts in cold weather. I also go 6-7,000 miles between oil changes. Use Mobil 1 now but hear Amsoil is better.
Any comments on synthetics?
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Saab93turbo
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 4:42:06 PM

I've been using full synthetic since 2005. I use Mobil 1 0W-40. It's API SL, SM, SN. It's ACEA A3/B3, A3/B4. These are all rare combinations. It's also BMW Longlife 01, Mercedes Benz 229.5. It used to be GM-LL-A-025 but now GM has a more lax Dexos standard, which it is.
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102670
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 9:41:27 AM

I use synthetic oil. While it does cost more to buy it, I can go 8000+ miles between changes.
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twt
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 6:36:16 AM

I use synthetic in the Harley. More efficient and less wear on the engine.
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oldhillbillyAZ
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 3:41:21 AM

Did you know you can buy Synthetic Water for your radiator ??
I wonder if I drink a Gallon a day If I'd be extremely healthy or
just extremely broke??

Something I read....
Excerpt From Blackstone Labs.

What's the best oil to use?

Ah, the million dollar question. We are an independent lab, so we don't make recommendations. It has been our experience that oil is oil, and either petroleum or synthetic-based oil will work well for just about any engine.

Additional reading...
Blackstone

[Edited by: oldhillbillyAZ at 2/19/2013 3:42:46 AM EST]
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the1roadhog
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 8:33:24 AM

Designer oil? Not for me.
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GLM4205
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 7:19:55 AM

Never used, only the regular.
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traffic cop
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Message Posted: Feb 16, 2013 4:36:25 PM

Grumpycat, what specs am I looking for in an oil (and especially a synthetic)?

In my case, it's for an 09 Sienna V-6. The only spec in the owner's manual is 5W-30.

[Edited by: traffic cop at 2/16/2013 4:41:03 PM EST]
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cheapmonkee
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Message Posted: Feb 16, 2013 3:44:44 PM

G-Oil
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chipote
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Message Posted: Feb 16, 2013 11:19:20 AM

I only use synthetic
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BigHorne1
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Message Posted: Feb 16, 2013 11:11:41 AM

I use valvoline synthetic, just more my style I guess
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ultimate
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Message Posted: Feb 16, 2013 8:40:12 AM

yes
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divebomber
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 12:41:06 PM

I HAVE ALWAYS USED MOBIL 1 AND ALL THREE OF OUR VEHICLES HAVE WELL OVER 100 TO 200,000 MILES ON THEM
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ultimate
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 11:14:07 AM

yes
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BigHorne1
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 10:26:07 AM

put it in all my vehicles now
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GLM4205
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 10:21:34 AM

I have not used it.
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IAMCANADIAN73
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 6:39:03 AM

Always
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IAMCANADIAN73
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 6:38:56 AM

Yes
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twt
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 6:02:01 AM

Synthetic is more efficient. Also,you get more miles, between oil changes.
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paullypuiu
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2013 10:58:31 PM

I drive a lot and change my oil every month at 10.000.00 miles , using mobil 1 synthetic extended 15.000.00 miles.
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GrumpyCat
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2013 12:54:24 PM

Shopping for "synthetic" is misguided.

Shop for performance specifications, not marketing buzzwords. Use of synthetic manufacturing techniques does not automatically give a motor oil the magic properties which some synthetic motor oils posses.

Doesn't matter, Group IV, V, VI, ester, PAO, etc. Those are techniques, not performance specifications.
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twt
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 3:49:05 AM

More mileage between oil changes, offsets the higher price.
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dgsteven
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 3:19:01 AM

expensive
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Saab93turbo
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 11:24:40 AM

I use Mobil 1 0W-40, which is a PAO type of synthetic, I think.
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Laarr
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 4:26:36 PM

To all of you who think they are saving money using petroleum oil and changing it more frequently – you are actually spending more money each year than anyone who uses a high-end synthetic and gets to change their oil twice or only three times a year. Do some homework on synthetic oil. There are four types. Some have great viscosity and wear ratings when they first poured in your car, yet drop off significantly before you have driven 3,000K (see Royal Purple). Others, like Amsoil or Red Line, with the proper filtration (emphasis mine), can last six months to a year depending on severity of miles driven. It is also worth the $25-30 for an oil analysis. The test will tell you whether you need to change your oil or if you have other issues concerning higher than ordinary wear levels occurring in your engine.
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Hanski
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 9:42:11 AM

use Amsoil full synthetic oils and filters in both vehicles. No issues. Its cost's a little more than other oils, but I think it is worth it.
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twt
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 4:01:08 AM

I am using synthetic oil in the Harley.
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Loonieburger
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 2:39:15 AM

Have used Mobil1 on all my cars for years now. Change it every 5,000 km (3,125 mi) and have had zero issues. Word of warning: if your car is older and has always had conventional oil, switching to a synthetic may cause your baby to spring leaks. The detergents in the synthetics often clean your engine *too* well and can expose flaws the conventional gunk buildup was hiding.

So unless you have a good (read: non-American) engine with a high double digit odometer, you might want to stick with the devil you know - or be prepared to spend a bunch more.
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borsht
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 6:54:11 PM

evron has a refined oil that is close to synthetic, It's their DELO 400 LE, they callit ISOSYN technology.

Chevron Lubricants, maker of the Delo brand of engine oils, lubricants and coolants, said it recently conducted benchmark testing to determine how its premium conventional heavy-duty motor oil, Delo 400 LE SAE 15W-40, performed against major oil companies’ semi-synthetics. Test results showed that Delo 400 LE with Isosyn Technology was equal to, if not better than, leading semi-synthetics in industry-recognized tests in the areas of wear control, oxidation and deposit control, according to the company.

Message avoid the blends or semi sythetics.

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Snowchoux
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 12:01:47 PM

Since I first used synthetic, I will not go back.
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jrferrari
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:59:20 AM

I switched to synthetic so I don't have to change it as much.
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dgsteven
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 3:02:58 AM

it is great, but cost much
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chipote
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 12:50:51 AM

Mobil 1 purchased at Walmart
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Zackny
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2013 11:10:22 AM

that sound good to me
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RalphHightower
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2013 7:51:15 AM

Pennzoil Ultra
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carinthuist
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 10:26:58 PM

aMSOIL
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borodin
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 3:32:10 PM

always use Mobil 1.
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MetroManiac
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 3:02:18 PM

Amsoil, once a year.
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skh150
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 2:17:32 PM

Save your money.
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grim_farva
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 10:22:48 AM

I always use Mobil 1.
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 6:40:57 AM

I have always used Mobil 1 in my vehicles, change every 7,500 miles.
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Zackny
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 9:14:27 AM

that sound good to me
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CaptainAnhyzer
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 8:34:09 AM

I've also noticed that full synthetic seems to bump up my MPG a bit.
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gtngouged
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 7:21:15 AM

amzoil in all my rides
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teaman91
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 1:48:33 AM

I use walmarts full synthetic and change it every 6,000 miles a millionaire once told me when you buy a brand name product your just paying extra for the name and the product is the same. And he is A millionaire so I think he know something about saving money!
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carinthuist
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 10:12:06 PM

Yes I use in one of my cars synthetic oil great Amsoil .
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hornet17
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 10:28:59 AM

i use them in my motorcycles, just use the regular stuff in the cars though at this point. I change it on a regular basis though.
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OilerFan
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 7:43:21 AM

I have no opposition to synthetics. They seem to do well for most engines.
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ovillaone
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 5:30:07 AM

Just changed.
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Saab93turbo
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 8:22:56 PM

Synthetics are supposed to be in better shape given the same number of miles. Some cars have extended change intervals and require synthetics.
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kst8er
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 5:25:34 PM

Schaeffers Oil
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