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Old 09 Dec 2004, 09:17 pm
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I've read a lot of posts of people singing the praises of synth vs dino. Being the skeptic that I am, I was wondering of there was a comparasion btn the two done by an independent institution, you know like Consumer Reports and such. I can't justify the added expense of synth when the claims by the oil companies are so vague. And when dino has performed so well over the years.
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Old 09 Dec 2004, 09:51 pm
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Sleeper,

Personally, I use synthetic in everything I own..but that's just me. If cost is a consideration, and you change your oil on a regular basis, stick with the dyno. As you said, it's been doing it's job for a long time. If you plan to extend your intervals between changes or you have a high stress load (as in towing something all the time), go for the sythetic...and definitely go for syn if you have the Turbo. My $.02
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Since you have the HO turbo, I would definitely switch over to synthetic oil at your first oil change. The turbo gets VERY hot and when it is shut down the dino oil may coke on you. If you stick with dino oil, be extra careful to let your turbo cool down before you shut it down.

I consider the synthetic oil a good insurance policy. Highly recommended for the turbos.
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I, too, use synthetic in everything I own - snowblower, lawn mower,...
The SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers?) tests all oils. Synthetic is particularly better at not breaking down over time - it is also better at low & high temperatures.
I am leery of sythetic "blends" - they never say how much syntheic is mixed in. Stick with Mobil1, IMHO.
I had a Dodge Spirit that went 195,000 miles before auto trans stopped shifting (never touched the tranny, BTW). At about 150,000 miles, the engine began running like crap. A valve guide had worked loose - the mechanic had the head on a bench and it was all clean and shiny. I asked what he'd used to clean it up - he said "nothing - that's how it was"!!!
I had used synthetic in the car since new. I feel my money has been well spent.[?]
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Man this subject has been gone over a zillion times....Bottom line is use Mobil 1 or your choice of that type of oil...Change every 3 to 5 thousand miles and you will sleep good at night...so will your PT.
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I've read all this stuff before. I was looking for an independent study that compared the two.
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Just use it....
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quote:Originally posted by PTSleeper

I've read all this stuff before. I was looking for an independent study that compared the two.
Most of the studies I have seen were paid for my one of the oil manufacturers (frequently Amsoil). One of the few "independent" studies I have seen undertaken is Paradise Garage http://neptune.spacebears.com/cars/s.../oil-life.html which is paid for my contributions from readers rather than the oil companies. Unfortunately, they don't seem to have a dino oil control. They seem to be getting better results with Amsoil synthetic than Mobil 1. They are using a 2002 Camaro as their test platform.
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quote:Originally posted by PTSleeper

I've read all this stuff before. I was looking for an independent study that compared the two.
Most of the studies I have seen were paid for my one of the oil manufacturers (frequently Amsoil). One of the few "independent" studies I have seen undertaken is Paradise Garage http://neptune.spacebears.com/cars/s.../oil-life.html which is paid for by contributions from readers rather than the oil companies. Unfortunately, they don't seem to have a dino oil control. They seem to be getting better results with Amsoil synthetic than Mobil 1. They are using a 2002 Camaro as their test platform.
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