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Old 25 Oct 2016, 11:25 am
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Just want a little response regarding the oil in my car. I just had the oil changed at a local shop and they used the 5-30 Pennzoil conventional oil (along with the yellow Pennzoil branded oil filter). I just mentioned this morning to a neighbor who is a big gear wrencher, and he was appalled I had that "crap" put in my car. My question is, is this really not good oil? My father used Pennzoil conventional for many years in his vehicles and not one known problem. Have things changed? My PT does not see heavy duty use. However, since I live out of town, when the PT is driven, it's at least a 20 mile drive. Takes about 6 months to go 3,000 miles. Opinions, please?
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For what it's worth, i believe that is the oil of choice at the dealership. Opinions on oil are all over the map, but i believe as far as convential is concern, they all will pretty much do the job if you are still old school and changing at 3,000 miles.
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Old 25 Oct 2016, 11:36 am
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FWIW, FCA recently switched over the Pennzoil. My wife's car only takes some weird ass Pennzoil Ultra full synth 0W20 and Mobil 1 doesn't meet the spec. You have to use the Pennzoil or may face warranty problems. I believe that Pennzoil Ultra is in all the Hellcats. I'd say it isn't crap.
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Old 25 Oct 2016, 11:37 am
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FWIW, the switch over I mention above is surely just marketing, but if the oil were crap the dealer wouldn't want to face the problems, so I am sure the oil is fine. Previously, Mobil1 had the contract and that is what my Dad's SRT8 specs on the oil cap.
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Old 25 Oct 2016, 11:51 am
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For what it's worth, i believe that is the oil of choice at the dealership. Opinions on oil are all over the map, but i believe as far as conventional is concern, they all will pretty much do the job if you are still old school and changing at 3,000 miles.
As Grasshopper77 says, everyone has an opinion, and they will all do the job if you are diligent with your oil changes.

My personal preference is to use synthetic oil, as I have a tendency to 'forget' oil changes and from what I have learned, synthetic doesn't 'break down' as soon as conventional oil. I have also read that it can keep your engine cleaner, longer.

(NOT trying to start a flame war here.)

Just my opinion.
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The times we live in....you cant always believe what you read, see or even hear any more. But a long,long time ago in a distant Galaxy on a planet called Earth ......

....before synthetic oils or SLICK50, I ran 1/4 mile 7 second big block engines runing in upwards of 8500 RPM. Cant say I ever had a engine melt down due to using DINO OILs.

My bikes, some stock would run 13000rpm with DINO oils and never did any internal engine damage and I would regularly send my Gamma's oil to be checked to be sure.

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Btw you all be honest....LOL when synthetic first became readily available the sales were very low because everyone said that DINO oil was fine and most of you would not shell out the bucks. Now that Syn is readily available and in many cases cheaper than DINO oil now you all say your wouldn't use anything but. LOL
Please dont tell me different as some know I owned a few auto parts related stores from 1979 up into the 90's. I know how the trend and sales went regarding oils.










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Thanks, Lynn, and who all else weighed in on this topic. I do feel better. Found out this morning that our local Mopar dealership does use Pennzoil with their conventional oil changes (I'm assuming the bulk oil is exactly the same as the bottled oil?) So, I guess I'll just stick with what I got. Change oil every 6 months (around 3,000 miles) on one of my PTs. As far as my opinionated neighbor, if I knew he was going to react so vehemently, I would've said that I used reclaimed non detergent straight 30 weight just to see his reaction on THAT one!
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zero significance. it all comes from the same stock tanks in Chicago. then a company adds their particular additives during refining...
the history of oil from Pennsylvania is actually pretty cool! it came out of the ground with a blue hue... the doc I saw showed ol codgers actually tasting the stuff!
understanding viscosity and using the correct weight is far more important!
for the daily driver its a non issue- especially if you have a shop change it. if you change your own, get the stuff on sale- about 18$ for a gallon plus filter, at least here in phoenix.
for a race vehicle its almost the same but I change oil/filter every 8/10hrs anyway so it (almost) doesn't matter as far as brand goes.
however I use non synthetics after engine rebuilds then full synthetic.
p/s... all oils break down the same. the biggest enemy (condensation and heat) doesn't care if its pennsoil or the cheap gulf brand at the gas station....
crap... pps! yes as long as it has the manufactures rating....

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Btw you all be honest....LOL when synthetic first became readily available the sales were very low because everyone said that DINO oil was fine and most of you would not shell out the bucks. Now that Syn is readily available and in many cases cheaper than DINO oil now you all say your wouldn't use anything but. LOL
Please dont tell me different as some know I owned a few auto parts related stores from 1979 up into the 90's. I know how the trend and sales went regarding oils.










People have always been looking for the magic fix. Synthetic oil, 3 pronged spark plugs, intake manifold screens, the turbonator. It is never a surprise that sales pick up when prices drop. I can remember using some kind of graphite oil. Truck ran fine with it, but damn did it stink when you spilled some on the exhaust manifolds.
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