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Question One More Schtinkin Oil Question

OK, I did the search and did not find the exact information I was looking for. I am looking at what type of oil to use going forward. We have the '83 SC, '04 Subaru, and '00 Ford F250 Turbo Diesel.

Currently we are using: Castrol GT in the SC, Mobil in the Subaru, and Delo 400 in the F250.

If you don't like my choices, please provide yall's! Thanks!

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Old 10-11-2005, 01:55 PM
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how often do you change the oil in each vehicle? is the subaru a turbo?
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Suby is not a turbo, changes every 4K for all three.

I want to be able to go further between changes and change the filters every 3,500 to 4,000 miles and add one quart back in.
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I use Mobil 1 15-50 in all my cars -the P cars, and our 99 ML320, and my 94 BMW 540i.

I would use a diesel-specific oil in the truck and Mobil One in all the others. I go 2000 or so miles and one change per year in the Porsches, and 7000 to 8000 in the other two. Works fine for me, 108K miles on the ML, 76K on the BMer and no mechanical problems with either (and my BMW has the famous M60 grenade engine - still going strong on original block...
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I am the lone Amsoil user that has responded so far. I use it primarily for the extended drain intervals (15000 miles) in my day car (Crown Victoria). I have it in my Porsche as well but it is a 50/50 blend of Amsoil 20W50 and Kendall 20W50.

If you want to extend your drain intervals, and have one source for all of your oil products delivered right to your door, Amsoil is the ticket.

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I use Mobile 1 15w50 in the P-car
Mobile1 5w30 in the mercedes
castrol 20w50 in the BMW
I change all at 3k-35k Miles
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Check out the extensive thread a month or so ago. There was quite a lot of discussion & input by LubMaster. I remember he rated a group of dino oils and synthetic. I remember Delo 400 ranked in his top five. Do a search. It's interesting. Maybe somebody else will post it as a link.
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Originally posted by Groesbeck Hurricane
Suby is not a turbo, changes every 4K for all three.

I want to be able to go further between changes and change the filters every 3,500 to 4,000 miles and add one quart back in.
OK, if you want to go further I would probably choose Mobil 1. Widely available and good quality. Others (Red Line) may be better but there is a tradeoff in price and availability.

For extending the intervals, you should really get oil analysis so that you know. BlackstoneLabs.com is one source. You may be able to go many miles, but you can't know for sure unless you have the analysis done.
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I'm Mobil 1 all the way..
5w20 Wifes V6 Accord.
15W50 in my 82 sc / 3.6
15W40 Truck/ SUV in my F-250 Turbo Diesel.
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Don,

Yes, I'm leaning towards AMSoil but wanted input from guys using it.

Marv,

I did read Lube's input but did not glean information directly related to AMSoil, so....

Andy,

I can have the oil tested locally to ensure it is still viable in the vehicle. I have one person locally who uses AMSoil for 20,000 miles per change in his Ford Truck (V-6 NA). Filter changes every 5K. I guess I want to get 12 to 16K with filter changes every 4K. When comparing dumping the oil every 4K, the price per quart is cheaper on the synthetics. I'm not too familiar with RedLine and did not see a source for that oil locally, hence it is not on my current list. Is this a superior lubricant that I should look at making a trip to Houston or Dallas to procure? I can buy by the gallon...

Thank you, I appreciate the information and look forward to hearing from more people.
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Originally posted by Groesbeck Hurricane

I can have the oil tested locally to ensure it is still viable in the vehicle. I have one person locally who uses AMSoil for 20,000 miles per change in his Ford Truck (V-6 NA). Filter changes every 5K. I guess I want to get 12 to 16K with filter changes every 4K. When comparing dumping the oil every 4K, the price per quart is cheaper on the synthetics.

Thank you, I appreciate the information and look forward to hearing from more people.
Every car is different so oil analysis is a smart move to determine the proper interval for your car, climate, driving style.

FYI - Through oil analysis I concluded that 15,000 mile intervals with filter changes at 7500 is the right formula on my Crown Vic that I drive 35-40000 miles per year. A buddy of mine tried Amsoil 15w40 Diesel in his Powerstroke and I think he went 18,000 between changes based on oil anlysis results.

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PO had records of over 10 years using Castrol. Top end rebuild at 140,000. I bought the car with 145,000 and immediately changed to Redline. Now at 155,000 there are still no leaks and car has used less than 1 quart in that time. Planning on valve adjustment soon and continuing with the Redline.

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Mobil Delvac 1 in the diesel.
Available only in 5-40
(there is no other oil for the crude crusier)

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