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1,500 Oil Change: Should I Go Synthentic?

There are a lot of theories on the net about when to switch over synthetic oil. Some say not before 10K, some say not before 20K, and some say you can do it whenever. I'm approaching 1,500 miles and regardless, I will be changing my oil.

So, what's everyone running in their engine?
Should I go synthetic now or later?

I would use Mobil 1 Fuel Economy.
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There are a lot of theories on the net about when to switch over synthetic oil. Some say not before 10K, some say not before 20K, and some say you can do it whenever. I'm approaching 1,500 miles and regardless, I will be changing my oil.

So, what's everyone running in their engine?
Should I go synthetic now or later?

I would use Mobil 1 Fuel Economy.
I personally changed to synthetic at 7500 miles. Only reason I waited that long is because I got my first oil change done at the dealer.

I say put it in now. As far as using Mobil 1 I think you can save yourself a few bucks and go with a different brand. Valvoline is cheaper and proven to work better. If you want the best get Amsoil or Eneos oil.


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Ive been getting synthetic blend oil changes from the dealer since day one. Its been about a yr now, 6000 miles, using mid grade gas. I get about 25mpg in city driving, 1.8liter engine, great performace. But its all in what you want and can afford. I can afford a synthetic blend, and I am very happy with the results. If I get 5yrs out of this car with no problems, well...... Im happy.
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that is not a reputable site. Where are the analysis? Who is writing it? If mobil1 is the best synthetic why are they not allowed to even claim it's synthetic in Germany or Japan. Because it's not a true synthetic. I am not denying it's a good oil. But it is on par to to other class III oils like Valvoline Syn power which cost significantly less. And it's not even on the same playing field as class IIII like Eneos, Amsoil or German Castrol.

In the end it's still a great motor oil and if your pockets deep enough use it. It will treat your car right.

edit: Just read that site and even says in there that Amsoil is superior to the mobil1 and even penzoil is. How did they come to pic mobil1 anyway?


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Ive been getting synthetic blend oil changes from the dealer since day one. Its been about a yr now, 6000 miles, using mid grade gas. I get about 25mpg in city driving, 1.8liter engine, great performace. But its all in what you want and can afford. I can afford a synthetic blend, and I am very happy with the results. If I get 5yrs out of this car with no problems, well...... Im happy.
You will get 5 years out of using regular dino oil if you are on top of oil changes. I'm going on year 3 of using the cheapest oil possible in my beater car. It's a 92 infiniti g20. Thing runs like a champ. Just have to change the oil when needed and don't stretch it. That car has 160k+ miles.


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http://www.smartsynthetics.com/artic...il_testing.htm

Here's an in depth comparison of synthetic oils... AMSOIL obliterates the competition! But then I realized that it was an AMSOIL website. ROFL!
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Okay, this is shady... every synthetic oil comparo I've come across so far is an AMSOIL dealer or sponser with AMSOIL splashed across the top...
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Through 6 pages of Google searching, almost every website is an AMSOIL dealer or sponsored... the website names are all variations of the same thing.
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That is how Amsoil sells it's products. They are very hard to find in stores. YOu can read up at http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/cms/ and look at oil analysis if you want.

Also you can read here about the different grades of oils http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motor_oil.

Amsoil is no doubt superior to Mobil1. But is the cost worth it? I ran walmart supertech in my old car and the engine was perfect after 218k turbocharged miles. This is going with 5k miles oil changes. My point is if money is no object and you want the best then mobil1 is not it. If money is an object and you want the best for your money, again mobil1 is not it.

I am in no way saying mobil1 is not good. It's great oil and will make your car last probably forever with the right oil change intervals. I'm just saying so will a cheaper oil.


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