Date: Thu, 07 Oct 1999 23:06:12 -0400
From: Four Weis <mweinopsamcom>
Subject: Re: Synthetic Oil

I have used synthetic oil in a Saab and a Volvo without any problems. This posting could start the almost religious debate about motor oil, again. I will put my two cents in and get out. I would agree that ONCE a normally aspirated car is running under normal ( not racing) conditions, any good quality motor oil will do. However, when an engine is started cold, there is little oil on most of the moving parts. The sooner you can get oil to these moving parts the less wear on the engine. I heard somewhere that 70% of engine wear comes at startup. Please don't hold this as an absolute truth, as I can't remember who said it. The synthetics seem to flow much better at lower temperatures, so it would seem logical that they would pump faster at startup. That is my reason for using synthetic oil. As for the added cost, I change the oil and filter at 5000 miles with the synthetic oil, as compared to every 3000 with regular oil. wrote: > A rep from SAAB is in Hong Kong next week (of course his > name is Rolf Lindtsrom) and they are inviting us in for a > service visit with a once-over by Rolf and offering a good > deal on an oil change with synthetic oil. My SAAB is a 94 > 2.3 900 non-turbo in good condition with about 31000km on > the clock. I asked the service manager if there would be any > problems going from regular oil to synthetic and he said > none. Correct?

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