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Date: 17 Sep 2001 01:58:18 -0700
From: (Johannes H Andersen)
Subject: Re: Does anyone use synthetic oils?

"me" <> wrote in message news:<896p7.11806$>... > > > 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 Yes, we get Mobil 1 0W-40 here, it is around 30 (+,- from memory) for a 4 liter. But you can also get some value brand 0W-40 synthetic oils. I stick to the store brand 5W-40 at the moment. I've heard arguments that the low 0W- oils contains more of those viscosity stretching additives, which burns out quicker, but that is probably hearsay. The store 5W-40 does the job nicely, the engine hums over quietly, you can really sense the smoothness when the oil has been changed. Johannes

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