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Old 11-27-2013, 10:09 PM   #1
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Full synthetic, synthetic blend, or regular

I have a 2008 4.0 v6 convertible with 53,000 miles and was wondering earlier if I should get a synthetic oil change or a regular one. The guy at the Valvoline shop suggested synthetic blend. I just bought this car in march and before that had a 2004 Monte Carlo. I always thought there was really no difference between the oils and that it was a sales pitch until today when I did some online research while I was waiting. I ended up going with the synthetic blend. Did I make the right decision?
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I'm not too familiar with oil, but I use full synthetic. Maybe someone with some more knowledge than me can chip in.
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I have a 2008 4.0 v6 convertible with 53,000 miles and was wondering earlier if I should get a synthetic oil change or a regular one. The guy at the Valvoline shop suggested synthetic blend. I just bought this car in march and before that had a 2004 Monte Carlo. I always thought there was really no difference between the oils and that it was a sales pitch until today when I did some online research while I was waiting. I ended up going with the synthetic blend. Did I make the right decision?
Generally what they use at the factor/dealer. The MC syn blend and MC filter.
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Old 11-27-2013, 11:44 PM   #4
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I have limited knowledge.

Positives:
Synthetic usually offers longer life (more miles/change)
Less friction in the engine

Negatives:
Costs more up front
Is more likely to leak

Basic, but the little I know. Often older cars or cars more prone to oil leaks are advised against it.
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Old 11-28-2013, 11:22 AM   #5
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I have been a fan of Mobil1 since 1980 when I first started using it.
I've put well over 150k miles on my cars changing the oil once a year which would work out to around 10k to 15k miles per year. One of my cars was an '84 BMW 325 with 250k miles. Still changing the oil once a year and running a few autocrosses now and then, it still runs great and doesn't loose any oil. <Sigh> I just sold that car because I was getting bored with it. Now I want it back...
My first mustang, '94 v6 got the same treatment and was running great at 160k miles when it was stolen and totaled out. My current '09 v6 is also getting the same treatment and I expect it to go over 150k miles.
So I'm a fan of synthetic! Are they all the same? I dunno, but I'll stick with Mobil1 since it's worked out so well for me over the years.
One last thing, I never put in an oil additive. Fuel cleaner at times, but never in the oil. Not that I don't believe in it, I just never felt that I needed to.
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Old 11-28-2013, 09:57 PM   #6
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Quaker State Full Synthetic!! And yeah you won't have problems with leaking with a synthetic...no car past like 2003 should have a problem. Older cars have because the seals are either 1. Too old or 2. The seals don't have the strength to resist the more corrosive and cleaning capabilities of a synthetic so then it eats through it but you'll be fine!
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Nothing for syn for my baby...I found a good oil site that has lots of info on oil.It called bob is the oil guy
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Thanks! I think synthetic blend is the best so then if i want I can always use regular oil as well.


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I've been using Super Tech fully synthetic oil. Good oil
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I use Super Tech fully synthetic oil
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Old 01-20-2015, 08:34 PM   #11
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I use regular oil, since I change it often, I've never had a problem.


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