Date: Sat, 09 Oct 1999 16:16:39 -0400
From: Four Weis <mweinopsamcom>
Subject: Re: Synthetic Oil


--------------28DD5206D4D7C56D303B2B76 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit But as Saab owners, we are less likely to scrap our cars, so we have reason to try to guage realistic engine life, no? Just look at the age and mileage of many of the cars discussed in the Saab and Volvo groups. My Volvo is 18 years old and my Saab is 14 years old. If you only kept a car for two to four years, engine life in a minor issue compared to maintenance cost. That is why issues which other may consider minor, are important to me. I am trying to reduce engine wear because I want to avoid a total engine rebuilt before my Volvo is 25 years old. The Saab will not make that age because of a rust problem, but when the car is no longer being driven, I bet the engine will still be ready and willing to go another 100,000 miles. Josh Landess wrote: > On 09 Oct 1999 14:51:43 GMT, saab85900nopsamcom (Saab85900) wrote: > > > >Actually, they are available. However, in most cases, it just isn't an > >economical solution to a virtually non-existant problem<g>. Use a good > >synthetic oil, and it will pump up very rapidly. The film clinging to the > >metal will provide sufficient protection. When you get right down to it, there > >are really very few engines which wear out in passenger cars if they get decent > >maintenance.. > > > >Dick in Falls Church > >Using and selling AMSOIL (First in Synthetics) over 22 years > > My engine has about 150k miles on it. I have owned the car for about 18k. I've been putting Valvoline 20-50 in it about once every 2-4 thousand miles. I have it done for me down the street. I seldom, if ever, check the oil. I did it a few times, but it's never low, and I change it before it gets too dirty. > > Last time, I was tempted to fiddle with buying synthetic. But the guy told me that if I went synthetic I'd have to stay synthetic. Sounded like the Rogaine scam to me. So, I guess you're saying that's not true. > > The other thing I've heard is that with an old engine like mine, it might not be worth it to change, and if I've come this far using non-synthetic, might as well stick with what got me there. Is this a rational argument? The lifespan estimate I've had for my engine is about 50k-100k more, based on two different mechanics' experience. While you point out that many engines never wear out, I suspect the cars are scrapped before the engines have a chance, otherwise they might. > > But as Saab owners, we are less likely to scrap our cars, so we have reason to try to guage realistic engine life, no? --------------28DD5206D4D7C56D303B2B76 Content-Type: text/html; charset=us-ascii Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> <HTML> <I><FONT COLOR="#3366FF">But as Saab owners, we are less likely to scrap our cars, so we have reason to try to guage realistic engine life, no?</FONT></I><I><FONT COLOR="#3366FF"></FONT></I> <P>Just look at the age and mileage of many of the cars discussed in the Saab and Volvo groups.  My Volvo is 18 years old and my Saab is 14 years old.  If you only kept a car for two to four years, engine life in a minor issue compared to maintenance cost.  That is why issues which other may consider minor, are important to me.  I am trying to reduce engine wear because I want to avoid a total engine rebuilt before my Volvo is 25 years old.  The Saab will not make that age because of a rust problem, but when the car is no longer being driven, I bet the engine will still be ready and willing to go another 100,000 miles. <P>Josh Landess wrote: <BLOCKQUOTE TYPE=CITE>On 09 Oct 1999 14:51:43 GMT, saab85900nopsamcom (Saab85900) wrote: <BR>> <BR>>Actually, they are available.  However, in most cases, it just isn't an <BR>>economical solution to a virtually non-existant problem<g>.  Use a good <BR>>synthetic oil, and it will pump up very rapidly.  The film clinging to the <BR>>metal will provide sufficient protection.  When you get right down to it, there <BR>>are really very few engines which wear out in passenger cars if they get decent <BR>>maintenance.. <BR>> <BR>>Dick in Falls Church <BR>>Using and selling AMSOIL (First in Synthetics) over 22 years <P>My engine has about 150k miles on it.  I have owned the car for about 18k.  I've been putting Valvoline 20-50 in it about once every 2-4 thousand miles.  I have it done for me down the street.  I seldom, if ever, check the oil.  I did it a few times, but it's never low, and I change it before it gets too dirty. <P>Last time, I was tempted to fiddle with buying synthetic.  But the guy told me that if I went synthetic I'd have to stay synthetic.   Sounded like the Rogaine scam to me.  So, I guess you're saying that's not true. <P>The other thing I've heard is that with an old engine like mine, it might not be worth it to change, and if I've come this far using non-synthetic, might as well stick with what got me there.  Is this a rational argument?  The lifespan estimate I've had for my engine is about 50k-100k more, based on two different mechanics' experience.  While you point out that many engines never wear out, I suspect the cars are scrapped before the engines have a chance, otherwise they might. <P>But as Saab owners, we are less likely to scrap our cars, so we have reason to try to guage realistic engine life, no?</BLOCKQUOTE> </HTML> --------------28DD5206D4D7C56D303B2B76--

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