Date: Sun, 16 Sep 2001 18:26:12 GMT
From: "me" <>
Subject: Re: Does anyone use synthetic oils?

"Johannes H Andersen" <> wrote in message > > > xxxxxxxx wrote: > > > > Synthetic has better flow characteristics at low temps which we get much of > > in January and February here in Kanada, however I had an `86 Accord which > > had 265,000 MILES on it and I used nothing but dino oil, and changed oil and > > filter every 2400-3000 MILES the car also ran like new when it was > > totalled.never used anymore oil than it did when it was new?,.never touched > > the engine or tranny except for valve adjustments and oil changes..and was > > never babied, several trips to the west coast from Ontario and speeds in > > excess of 110 MPH when it was a prima facie speed limit in Montana . Just > > set the cruise. NO problems .By the way,the car was totaled by a 70 year old > > retard or it would still be on the road today.Today I use Mobil1 synthetic > > in January and February ,5w30 > > and revert to regular dino oil in the warmer weather.... I now have a `92 > > Accord.with 80,000 miles on it and no problems. > > > > Your oil change intervals do not change because you use synthetic.... > > > > > > My car has done 81000 miles, but still runs as new, so I have no > > > intention of using an inferior oil. However, I rather change > > > the oil more frequently than using an expensive oil such as > > > Mobil 1. As said before, the oil satisfies API SJ/CF ACEA A3/B3 > > > which is more than Saabs requirements. I never let the engine > > > overheat or trashing it in any other ways. > > > > > > So let me put your on the spot: Why exactly is Mobil 1 better? > > I appreciate your reply, but the question I actually asked in my > post was why Mobil 1 is better and worth the cost over other fully > synthetic oils satisfying API SJ/CF ACEA A3/B3 ? I'm really > interesting in getting an answer so I can make an informed decision. > > Johannes > If Mobil 1 is better than the other brand of synthetic you've found which satisfies API SJ/CF ACEA A3/B3, then they (Mobil) are not making an effort to certify that in any way, which could help them sell more oil, so I would suspect that there is not a certifiable advantage to Mobil 1. If the API spec is better than what Saab recommends, then it's doubtful that getting even (somehow) BETTER oil will do you more good than other things you could reasonably do (such as better filtering and cooling of the oil.) Even anecdotal evidence of someone's two experiences with Mobil 1 vs. your brand would be too small of a sample size to serve as evidence of superiority, so I doubt that something read on this group should convince you your brand is a bad choice. Choosing different viscosities ranges of the two oils in question would probably make a much larger difference in performance than choosing among the too - and could you confirm or deny something for me while I'm on the subject? Does Mobil actually make available in the UK a 0W-40? I know that the designations such as those are a bit arbitrary compared to real temperature-viscosity curves, but I would love to switch to a more freely flowing viscosity when the temperatures start to drop, and am using the 15-50 now, but I'm a bit leery of moving to the 0W-30 for my turbo car, and the 0W-40 designation would ease my mind a bit. The 0W-30 is ubiquitous here, but the 0W-40 unavailable (as far as I know!) If you tell me that it's out there, I will try to pick some up next time I'm in europe! Thanks, -Brian

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