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Old 04-08-2008, 07:21 PM   #1
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Question Motor Oil: Castrol Syntec 0W-30, Royal Purple, Amsoil, or Mobil 1

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you seem to be one of the experts on this, so I'm going to ask you personally.

I recently switched to the Castrol Syntec European blend OW-30 last December and it works great for cold starting and general winter driving. Now spring is here and I'm due for an oil change.

Would you recommend the Castrol German blend for all season? (the midwest can get pretty hot, as you might know)

Any thoughts on Royal Purple or Amsoil and is it worth the price?

What about this new Mobil 1 Advanced fuel economy blend?

I've been reading your posts about ratings, viscosities, and such and it's been helpful.
I got this PM, & thought it might be useful for others...

This is the second PM, I got about motor oils
(The other was on another forum, for his '05 Mustang GT. That was considering using something else than Royal Purple this summer.)


YES, I use the Castrol Syntec 0W-30 synthetic motor oil from Germany year round.
& so do others...

It is actually better suited for summer; than winter usage.
While it meets the cold crank rating for -35°C/-31°F (Castrol says it will cold crank at -40°C/F).
It is a real thick 30 viscosity oil; almost a 40 viscosity motor oil.
(viscosity @ 100°C is 12.1 cst, HTHS at 150°C is about 3.5)
ACEA A3 spec rating.


Royal Purple I don't really like...
It does not hold it's viscosity, & shears/thins out.
+ it is more expensive $$$ (at least locally here).


Amsoil synthetic (except the XL-series) motor oil is good.
But I don't like their method of marketing they use for selling it.
+ it can be more expensive here.
Note: But don't believe the hype for running it so long.


You want to use the new Mobil 1 Advanced fuel economy 0W-30 oil ?
I would say NO!!!
ACEA A1 spec = enough said
(viscosity @ 100°C is 11.0 cst, HTHS at 150°C is about 2.99)
Not good for summer high heats (compared to others).

Now Mobil 1 5W-30 is ok...
(viscosity @ 100°C is 11.3 cst, HTHS at 150°C is about 3.05)
But still is only rated ACEA A1 spec

Mobil 1 5W-30 Extended Performance is a better choice for Mobil 1 oils.
(viscosity @ 100°C is 11.0 cst, HTHS at 150°C is about 3.10)
ACEA A5 spec rating.


If you want a thinner (for fuel economy) 5W-30 synthetic oil but it still protects in the summer heat:
Pennzoil Platinum 5W-30 motor oil
(Viscosity at 100°C = 10.3 cst, HTHS at 150°C = 3.10)
ACEA A5 spec rating.


In Conclusion, & IMO:
I would use/& am using Castrol Syntec 0W-30 (from Germany) year round.
With a NAPA Gold oil filter.

If I wasn't using that, I would use:
Pennzoil Platinum 5W-30, Mobil 1 5W-30 EP, or Mobil 1 5W-30

Anyone else have an opinion(s) for the OP ?


PS: For all your oil needs, check out: Bobistheoilguy.com forums.
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Old 04-08-2008, 07:30 PM   #2
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Old 04-08-2008, 07:41 PM   #3
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Old 04-08-2008, 07:54 PM   #4
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Penz Platnium is one of the best price/performance oils you can get. Patman on Bobistheoilguy is one of the experts there, I believe he did an analysis of a whole bunch of oils and now uses it in his vette aswell.

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Old 04-08-2008, 08:05 PM   #5
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Penz Platnium is one of the best price/performance oils you can get. Patman on Bobistheoilguy is one of the experts there, I believe he did an analysis of a whole bunch of oils and now uses it in his vette aswell.
Yup.

How else do you think I found out about Castrol Syntec OW-30 ?

Yeah, he is now using Pennzoil Platinum 5W30 in his '98 C5 Corvette.
(He got bored of the Castrol Syntec 0W-30; always coming out good on his UOA's )

See: PP 5w30, 7000 miles, 98 Corvette
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Yup.

How else do you think I found out about Castrol Syntec OW-30 ?

Yeah, he is now using Pennzoil Platinum 5W30 in his '98 C5 Corvette.
(He got bored of the Castrol Syntec 0W-30; always coming out good on his UOA's )

See: PP 5w30, 7000 miles, 98 Corvette
Alright then we agree


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Alright then we agree


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So I guess the Castrol Syntech we use here is good too. That's basically all I use.
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Do they sell the 0w-30 at pep boys or autozone? i never see it there
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Do they sell the 0w-30 at pep boys or autozone? i never see it there
In the US:

In (some) Auto Zone's only.

Make sure it is Castrol Syntec 0W-30; that says "Made in Germany" on the rear label.
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Do they sell the 0w-30 at pep boys or autozone? i never see it there
Open it and see if its green, if it is its the good stuff, there is also a newer gold formula also very good.
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Open it and see if its green, if it is its the good stuff, there is also a newer gold formula also very good.
Umm, I don't think you will see any green German Castrol Syntec 0W-30 anymore.
That was made in (about-?) '03-'05.

I used the last of my green Castrol Syntec 0W-30 in my mom's Sunfire GT last year (?).
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Umm, I don't think you will see any green German Castrol Syntec 0W-30 anymore.
The was made in (about-?) '03-'05.

I used the last of my green Castrol Syntec 0W-30 in my mom's Sunfire GT last year (?).
They still have 6 bottles or so on the shelf at a Walmart by my house the stuff has dust on it!!
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On a sep. related topic, is mixing oils bad? So long as they're the seem viscosity if I mixed say Pennzoil and RP or whatever will it matter?
It is best not to.

The additive packages might conflict with each other.


But if, in a pinch:
Like the choice was low oil level or mixing.

I would mix.
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Thanks. I'll keep that in mind.

Did you mean additive?
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Did you mean additive?
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Only mix if its a must, mixing RP and Penz Plat would be something to see.
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