Date: Mon, 15 Feb 1999 14:46:33 -0800
From: Justin VanAbrahams <>
Subject: Re: 5W50 synthetic oil grade

Ken Washington wrote: > > Justin, > > If you want to talk about something you have knowledge of that is one > thing, but for you to call a company a snake oil company and knock a > product without having any knowledge of it by using, is not what I > expect from a young man who asked me if I believe everything I read. I > know Slick 50 wound up in court and its use wound up costing me about > $2200. I won't say anything about Prolong, because I have never used it. > Militec-1 is a different story. I have used it for 5 years, the U.S. > Navy tested it for 18 months and it was assigned a Federal Stock Number. > So I don't see the company getting sued anytime soon. I say it's snake oil because as far as I can tell, it is. In this day and age, NO ONE maintains an advantage for long. If there was any single substance out there with amazing capabilities, don't you think one of the oil giants would have either bought it, copied it, or developed their own similar additive? I simply refuse to accept there are any products out there which are 100% amazing that no one has ever heard of before. It doesn't make any sense to me. But really, what I say about Militec 1 (or any other additive) doesn't mean anything in the end. Perhaps it does exactly what it claims. Given that I accept that, would I use it? NO! Why? Because as far as I can tell none of my engines have wear problems to begin with. It's like buying Tylenol when I don't have a headache! Why add something to the system when the system is clearly working perfectly without it? If I can get 230k (and counting!) out of an engine without using it, what the heck good would it do me to add it? Would I get 460k? Who cares? The rest of the car wouldn't last that long. > You seem to like Mobil 1. If you talked with Dick from Falls Church, you > two could have good discussion. He is an Amsoil distributor and seems to > think based on his data that Mobil 1 is second best. As I said in my earlier post, I'm not claiming that Mobil is the best. What I'm claiming is that Mobil 1 does the job and it's more readily available than Amsoil. To me, being able to drop by Pep Boys and pick up a case is a heck of a lot more convenient that either keeping a case on hand or having to order more every time I need some. If I could buy Amsoil in the store, I almost certainly would use it. But, with seven cars to maintain, I really don't ever think that far ahead. "The best" doesn't mean squat to me - doing the best I can with the resources at hand and not letting cars run my life does. So I don't use additives, and I use Mobil 1. -Justin

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