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#3227720 - 12/25/13 07:20 PM Valvoline Maxlife
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Just recently my son started using VML 10W40. He was using ST HM 10W40 prior, and having to add a qt. about every 1K miles. That was better than a qt. every 8-900 miles using conventional oil.
He usually checks his oil every other gas fill. After 1150 miles on his VML OCI he added a qt. of oil today. And, he said his engine seems to run quieter since using VML. I thought his engine always ran quiet before. C'mon, it's a Toyota, AKA- a sewing machine. grin
Seriously, any opinions on the VML making an engine run quieter?
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#3227731 - 12/25/13 07:44 PM Re: Valvoline Maxlife [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
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Idk if it's in my head, but when I first got my saturn I remember it being pretty loud and clacky. After a while on valvoline maxlife it seemed to quiet down..
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#3227735 - 12/25/13 07:48 PM Re: Valvoline Maxlife [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
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I've never seen a VOA for VML but perhaps it has some boron in it. It's 100% true that some oils run quieter than others.
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#3227765 - 12/25/13 08:38 PM Re: Valvoline Maxlife [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
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It's also probably on the thicker side for ts grade, thus the quiet.

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#3227775 - 12/25/13 08:51 PM Re: Valvoline Maxlife [Re: GutsyGecko]
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Originally Posted By: GutsyGecko
It's also probably on the thicker side for ts grade, thus the quiet.

Are you referring to it being a 10W40 or its add pack?
He stepped up to ST HM 10W40 over 5W30 conventional and said nothing about it making his engine run quieter. shrug
I have read stories here about certain name brand oils causing an engine to be more noisy over other name brand oils. (M1) hide
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#3227776 - 12/25/13 08:55 PM Re: Valvoline Maxlife [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
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I was just referring to the possibility that the VML might be slightly thicker at temp than the ST oil. Sometimes a slightly thicker oil will lessen the noise. But if the change from 5w-30 didn't lessen the noise, it's gotta be something in the add pack. Likely Boron.

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#3227782 - 12/25/13 09:03 PM Re: Valvoline Maxlife [Re: GutsyGecko]
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Originally Posted By: GutsyGecko
I was just referring to the possibility that the VML might be slightly thicker at temp than the ST oil. Sometimes a slightly thicker oil will lessen the noise. But if the change from 5w-30 didn't lessen the noise, it's gotta be something in the add pack. Likely Boron.

GG, you're the 2nd one to state that. I have also read a lot about VML. People that have used it think it was Heaven sent by Unicorns. And, I state that in a positive way.
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#3227795 - 12/25/13 09:15 PM Re: Valvoline Maxlife [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
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hide It made my Chevy 350 louder than with Castrol GTX HM hide
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#3227798 - 12/25/13 09:21 PM Re: Valvoline Maxlife [Re: Nick1994]
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Originally Posted By: Nick1994
hide It made my Chevy 350 louder than with Castrol GTX HM hide

In my racing/engine building days I would use Castrol GTX over many other oils. IMO, it "looks" like a thicker oil than most other oils.
I also used Kendall Nitro 70. That's a thick oil yeah.
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#3227808 - 12/25/13 09:27 PM Re: Valvoline Maxlife [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
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Different engines can exhibit different "preferences" for no apparent reason. Maxlife produces some of the best UOA's in the Jeep 4.0 you'll find, but it runs really loud in mine so I don't use it.

It runs very nicely in a couple of our other cars though.
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#3227855 - 12/25/13 10:28 PM Re: Valvoline Maxlife [Re: KCJeep]
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I see that VML and QS Defy are synthetic blend HM oils. Are all HM oils, that are not synthetic HM oils, synthetic blend?
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#3227887 - 12/25/13 11:02 PM Re: Valvoline Maxlife [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
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Originally Posted By: BlueOvalFitter

Seriously, any opinions on the VML making an engine run quieter?


Better lubrication always = quiet. And being Maxlife 10W-40 to boot, I don't doubt it.

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#3228010 - 12/26/13 06:21 AM Re: Valvoline Maxlife [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
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Made my 98 gm 350 quieter than everything, even up against PU. I personally was very impressed with the VML.

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#3228021 - 12/26/13 06:47 AM Re: Valvoline Maxlife [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
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VML 5W30 made my '80 Firebird FORMULA V8 run quieter that other oils. DEFY took that quiet to another level, in a good/bad way. I don't want this engine that quiet laugh
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#3228119 - 12/26/13 09:38 AM Re: Valvoline Maxlife [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
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Originally Posted By: BlueOvalFitter
I see that VML and QS Defy are synthetic blend HM oils. Are all HM oils, that are not synthetic HM oils, synthetic blend?


When looking at the msds for Defy, it looks like it is actually a full synthetic but not labels as one...

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#3228142 - 12/26/13 10:06 AM Re: Valvoline Maxlife [Re: volk06]
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Originally Posted By: volk06
Originally Posted By: BlueOvalFitter
I see that VML and QS Defy are synthetic blend HM oils. Are all HM oils, that are not synthetic HM oils, synthetic blend?


When looking at the msds for Defy, it looks like it is actually a full synthetic but not labels as one...

http://www.quakerstate.com/#/motor-oil/defy
That information must be a misprint. If not, it's a darn good deal for synthetic HM oil.
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#3228285 - 12/26/13 12:46 PM Re: Valvoline Maxlife [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
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Originally Posted By: BlueOvalFitter
Originally Posted By: volk06
Originally Posted By: BlueOvalFitter
I see that VML and QS Defy are synthetic blend HM oils. Are all HM oils, that are not synthetic HM oils, synthetic blend?


When looking at the msds for Defy, it looks like it is actually a full synthetic but not labels as one...

http://www.quakerstate.com/#/motor-oil/defy
That information must be a misprint. If not, it's a darn good deal for synthetic HM oil.


Heres a link to the msds, it just says synthetic base oil with the highly refined mineral oil present as additive diluent. My guess is its labeled as a blend but is mostly full synthetic. Just like how most dinos are a synblend.

http://www.epc.shell.com/Docs/GSAP_msds_00353682.PDF

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#3228310 - 12/26/13 01:19 PM Re: Valvoline Maxlife [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
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I recently put some VML 10w-40 synthetic blend in my dads '99 Ford Escort. In general that car's engine is just noisy because it's a 4 banger, but to me, the VML did quiet it down, and made it easier to start in the winter.
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#3228409 - 12/26/13 03:21 PM Re: Valvoline Maxlife [Re: Triton_330]
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Originally Posted By: Triton_330
I recently put some VML 10w-40 synthetic blend in my dads '99 Ford Escort. In general that car's engine is just noisy because it's a 4 banger, but to me, the VML did quiet it down, and made it easier to start in the winter.


I see you have some kendall, how are you liking it? I've been running the full synthetic kendall in my F150.

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#3228416 - 12/26/13 03:28 PM Re: Valvoline Maxlife [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
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The 360 in my Dodge seems to run smooth and quiet with VML 10W-30 in it. It sounds a whole lot better since I put a flowmaster 44 muffler on it.


Edited by abdodge1500 (12/26/13 03:31 PM)
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#3228444 - 12/26/13 04:03 PM Re: Valvoline Maxlife [Re: volk06]
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Originally Posted By: volk06
I see you have some kendall, how are you liking it? I've been running the full synthetic kendall in my F150.


I like it quite a bit. I'm using the semi-syn blend. It seems to start easier in the winter than it has before - I used to just run PYB all year, but the cold harsh winters has been enough for me to learn better than to make my truck suffer rough cold starts. Last winter when it was running PYB and temps were below zero (*F), when I went to start it, it would shutter at 500 rpm's for a few seconds before revving up to its normal rpm range. But now, with the Kendall semi-synthetic in it, cold starts are no longer a problem.
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#3244157 - 01/10/14 05:19 PM Re: Valvoline Maxlife [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
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The job my son is working on is 61.7 miles one way. The last time he added a qt. of VML he had driven about 1150 miles. After putting almost 1230 miles in the last 2 weeks he had to add another qt. of VML. Some might say that's a lot of oil in such a short period of time, and at that mileage. But, the VML is working, and better than the ST HM oil. He was having to add a qt. of ST HM every 1K miles. And, with conventional oil, a qt. about every 800-900 miles.
I will say that VML is doing its job, and works! thumbsup
BTW, his company has him starting at a new job next week. It's only 22 miles one way. smile
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#3246492 - 01/13/14 12:34 AM Re: Valvoline Maxlife [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
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Originally Posted By: BlueOvalFitter
The job my son is working on is 61.7 miles one way. The last time he added a qt. of VML he had driven about 1150 miles. After putting almost 1230 miles in the last 2 weeks he had to add another qt. of VML. Some might say that's a lot of oil in such a short period of time, and at that mileage. But, the VML is working, and better than the ST HM oil. He was having to add a qt. of ST HM every 1K miles. And, with conventional oil, a qt. about every 800-900 miles.
I will say that VML is doing its job, and works! thumbsup
BTW, his company has him starting at a new job next week. It's only 22 miles one way. smile


To be honest, IMO, I think that the reason older vehicles burn so much oil (when using High Mileage oil) is that, because [generally speaking] additives are the first thing to be burnt off, and high mileage oils use more (yes, of a specific type of the many types) of additives, and so the makeup of the container may have less base stock in comparison to its oil/additive ratio. I may be wrong, as it is just a hunch. And if you prove me otherwise, I would totally admit to being wrong if I understood why. Anyways, to get to the point, I'd stay away from Valvoline's conventional Max Life. Go for the Semi-Syn Max Life.

I am not a basher of any brand, and I normally just go for the best deal, but (just because) I thought you might like to know that you can get oil for great prices on Amazon, plus the filter (and normally it's all free shipping [at least in the USA].

Just 'cuz, here are a few links for you to check out if you would like:

Mag1 5w-30 full syn 30 bucks 6 qts
Mag1 full syn euro 5w-40 for 37 bucks 6 qts
Rotella 5w-40 full syn gallon for 21 bucks
Valvoline semi-syn 10w40 for 27 bucks 5 qt jug

Of course, there's more good deals on Amazon, Walmart, and sometimes Oreilly's (I just got 5 qts of castrol syn blend plus a wix filter for 27 bucks).

There's always good deals for oil out there, but my advice for the oil burning problem is to add some Rislone: Rislone with zddp super concentrate for 7 bucks.

Best Regards, and I hope you can get something to help that oil burning problem grin
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#3246498 - 01/13/14 12:40 AM Re: Valvoline Maxlife [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
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Originally Posted By: BlueOvalFitter
Originally Posted By: GutsyGecko
I was just referring to the possibility that the VML might be slightly thicker at temp than the ST oil. Sometimes a slightly thicker oil will lessen the noise. But if the change from 5w-30 didn't lessen the noise, it's gotta be something in the add pack. Likely Boron.

GG, you're the 2nd one to state that. I have also read a lot about VML. People that have used it think it was Heaven sent by Unicorns. And, I state that in a positive way.


Valvoline and it's counterparts are pretty much all I'll use anymore. Exception is Mobil 1 and pennzoil, but the V is my número uno. For these reasons.
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#3246532 - 01/13/14 03:02 AM Re: Valvoline Maxlife [Re: Triton_330]
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Originally Posted By: Triton_330
Originally Posted By: BlueOvalFitter
The job my son is working on is 61.7 miles one way. The last time he added a qt. of VML he had driven about 1150 miles. After putting almost 1230 miles in the last 2 weeks he had to add another qt. of VML. Some might say that's a lot of oil in such a short period of time, and at that mileage. But, the VML is working, and better than the ST HM oil. He was having to add a qt. of ST HM every 1K miles. And, with conventional oil, a qt. about every 800-900 miles.
I will say that VML is doing its job, and works! thumbsup
BTW, his company has him starting at a new job next week. It's only 22 miles one way. smile


To be honest, IMO, I think that the reason older vehicles burn so much oil (when using High Mileage oil) is that, because [generally speaking] additives are the first thing to be burnt off, and high mileage oils use more (yes, of a specific type of the many types) of additives, and so the makeup of the container may have less base stock in comparison to its oil/additive ratio. I may be wrong, as it is just a hunch. And if you prove me otherwise, I would totally admit to being wrong if I understood why. Anyways, to get to the point, I'd stay away from Valvoline's conventional Max Life. Go for the Semi-Syn Max Life.

I am not a basher of any brand, and I normally just go for the best deal, but (just because) I thought you might like to know that you can get oil for great prices on Amazon, plus the filter (and normally it's all free shipping [at least in the USA].

Just 'cuz, here are a few links for you to check out if you would like:

Mag1 5w-30 full syn 30 bucks 6 qts
Mag1 full syn euro 5w-40 for 37 bucks 6 qts
Rotella 5w-40 full syn gallon for 21 bucks
Valvoline semi-syn 10w40 for 27 bucks 5 qt jug

Of course, there's more good deals on Amazon, Walmart, and sometimes Oreilly's (I just got 5 qts of castrol syn blend plus a wix filter for 27 bucks).

There's always good deals for oil out there, but my advice for the oil burning problem is to add some Rislone: Rislone with zddp super concentrate for 7 bucks.

Best Regards, and I hope you can get something to help that oil burning problem grin

My son buys 10W40 VML syn-blend from WM for $16.27 in the 5 qt. container. I sent him (2) coupons for $5 off each 5qt. container, back in November. That made the deal even sweeter. thumbsup
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#3246562 - 01/13/14 05:51 AM Re: Valvoline Maxlife [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
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How is the consumption now?
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#3246695 - 01/13/14 09:03 AM Re: Valvoline Maxlife [Re: Char Baby]
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How is the consumption now?

A qt. about every 1200 miles.
He says there is no oil leaking so it must be burning it.
1996 Corolla, 206K miles
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#3246881 - 01/13/14 12:04 PM Re: Valvoline Maxlife [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
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Originally Posted By: BlueOvalFitter
Originally Posted By: Char Baby
How is the consumption now?

A qt. about every 1200 miles.
He says there is no oil leaking so it must be burning it.
1996 Corolla, 206K miles


My wife drives an 03 Corolla with 122,000 + on it and it burns little oil - we use QSUD in it. I drive an 04 Rav4 with 214,000 + on it and it used to burn oil at about your rate till I changed the PCV valve and switched to VML. Now it burns about 1.5 qrts. in 3000 miles. Runs like a top and I am a definitely going to keep using VML. ( I did try Havoline HM in it to see if it was just the PCV valve and the VML was more effective). There is probably other oils that will do the job like VML, but as for me, I will stick with VML.

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#3247322 - 01/13/14 06:15 PM Re: Valvoline Maxlife [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
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I am liking the QS Defy also, especially for the extra level of quietness it provides.
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#3247663 - 01/13/14 11:37 PM Re: Valvoline Maxlife [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
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Originally Posted By: BlueOvalFitter

My son buys 10W-40 VML syn-blend from WM for $16.27 in the 5 qt. container. I sent him (2) coupons for $5 off each 5qt. container, back in November. That made the deal even sweeter. thumbsup


Haha, you know something... IDK why I linked the VML 10w-40 to Amazon, lol, because in that case, Walmart does sell it for much cheaper. Oh well, I must've been a little tired at the time of the posting haha. Yah, my dad recently bought it at Walmart for about 16 bucks (VML 10w-40 High Mileage Semi-Syn [Walmart]). He didn't have/use any coupons though...

(Warning, slightly unrelated and long read ahead): On a side note, unfortunately, the vehicle he'd put it in [that had a bad engine to begin with] recently just seized up. It was a 1999 Ford Escort... We found out by the mechanic that those 2.0L (not the zetec one, the standard one) from that generation had weak valve heads --- which lead to loss of compression, etc., and thus causing the engine to literally make cylinders 2 and 4 stop moving altogether. What's even funnier (not) is that when he bought the car (had around 100k miles), unsurprisingly, the previous owner had not tuned it as it should have been, and once my dad hit 150k the timing belt/chain (can't remember which it is) went bad - he went to start it up and 'snap crackle pop' (it shattered the pistons). The replacement engine (yah, what a great idea, replace an engine of a '99 Escort) would have been fine, but the goof-ball guys that put it in messed it up, and it, too blew. So the third engine (I know what your thinking here, lol), the most recent one, lasted for a good 80k miles until the weak heads killed it. All in all, that Escort did quite well though, despite a slippery transmission past 230k. The car was finally put to rest with like 260k miles on it, and throughout its whole life made 34mpg highway. cool

A few days ago my dad and I went out and bought a 1998 Buick LeSabre (about 98k miles on it) for a pretty good deal under KBB. I think my dad will be happy with this car. The 3.8L V6 (3800 series II) is a solid engine as far as I've heard. And for such a big car to get 30mpg highway thumbsup ... Ha, well, is pretty awesome. Also, when we bought it, the dealer had just gotten it in as a trade in so they'd not had time to even change the oil or anything yet (but that made it cheaper for us to buy haha), so I today I went to Walmart and bought something that I'd never have bought before I was a BITOGer - a 5 quart jug of Super Tech HM 5w-30. I thought, hey, for under 15 bucks, why not. I bought some STP blue bottle additive (for peace of mind, haha) and a Purolator filter, too.
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#3247778 - 01/14/14 06:34 AM Re: Valvoline Maxlife [Re: Triton_330]
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Originally Posted By: Triton_330


A few days ago my dad and I went out and bought a 1998 Buick LeSabre (about 98k miles on it) for a pretty good deal under KBB. I think my dad will be happy with this car. The 3.8L V6 (3800 series II) is a solid engine as far as I've heard. And for such a big car to get 30mpg highway thumbsup ... Ha, well, is pretty awesome. Also, when we bought it, the dealer had just gotten it in as a trade in so they'd not had time to even change the oil or anything yet (but that made it cheaper for us to buy haha), so I today I went to Walmart and bought something that I'd never have bought before I was a BITOGer - a 5 quart jug of Super Tech HM 5w-30. I thought, hey, for under 15 bucks, why not. I bought some STP blue bottle additive (for peace of mind, haha) and a Purolator filter, too.


Those old 3.8L GM motors are hard to kill. My 94 Bonneville seems to really like it's current fill of MaxLife Blend - it's the most quiet it's ever been on cold winter starts. Also gets great highway mileage - about 28mpg if I keep it under 70mph. A 98 LeSabre is a sweet car.
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92 Suburban 2500 7.4L 57k M1_5w30 4yr OCI
99 Olds Aurora 4.0L 91K M1_5w30 4yr OCI
94 Bonneville 3.8L 152k VML 5w30 2yr OCI
70 Camaro 5.7L 59k

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#3250799 - 01/17/14 12:04 AM Re: Valvoline Maxlife [Re: bigt61]
Triton_330 Offline


Registered: 12/24/13
Posts: 285
Loc: Illinois, USA
Originally Posted By: bigt61

Those old 3.8L GM motors are hard to kill. My 94 Bonneville seems to really like it's current fill of MaxLife Blend - it's the most quiet it's ever been on cold winter starts. Also gets great highway mileage - about 28mpg if I keep it under 70mph. A 98 LeSabre is a sweet car.


Yah my dad drives a little slower, usually between 55 and 60, and he gets like 30mpg out of it cool
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'89 Camaro RS 305 ~ 47k mi.
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#3251066 - 01/17/14 10:50 AM Re: Valvoline Maxlife [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
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Registered: 11/07/09
Posts: 1895
Loc: Oconomowoc Wi
I just did a OCI with QS Defy in my sons 2003 Monte Carlo SS(81K miles)... I'll let everyone know how his 3800 V6 likes the new oil. So far its quieter then the previously used Mobil 1 EP which was in use for 5K miles...

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#3251792 - 01/18/14 03:01 AM Re: Valvoline Maxlife [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
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Registered: 09/23/06
Posts: 788
Loc: Wisconsin
I've been looking for a known oil that helps slow down oil consumption for my brother's 2002 f150.


he drives roughly 400 miles a week (yes i know its not an ideal commuting vehicle and I don't wanna get into why he doesn't have something more economical at this time)

I've been using 5w20, either valvoline or mobil or Mystik etc. this last oil change i only had 4 quarts of valvoline left so i used those and for the remainder oil needed i used Shell 5w30.
that was about 2 weeks ago and i checked the oil today and it was about a half quart low.

Now should I switch to 5w30 all together or even a 10w30? I have a bit of Formula shell stock piled from past sales from Menards.

I also have some Chevron Delo 10w30 HDEO and of course several other varietys of Valvoline durablend and maxlife, and some Pennz Ultra and QSUD, yes I have the oil hoard sickness. I took a picture of all the oil i had last year and it was quite a bit.

Anyways so yeah what oil do you recommend to help slow consumption.

I see you guys favor Defy as well, I've never used it, perhaps I should give that a try next time or I'll just run with the shell for now or try the Chevron 10w30 next time.
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#3251978 - 01/18/14 09:43 AM Re: Valvoline Maxlife [Re: Black_Thunder]
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Registered: 02/28/03
Posts: 3509
Loc: Cajun Country, La.
Originally Posted By: Black_Thunder
I've been looking for a known oil that helps slow down oil consumption for my brother's 2002 f150.


he drives roughly 400 miles a week (yes i know its not an ideal commuting vehicle and I don't wanna get into why he doesn't have something more economical at this time)

I've been using 5w20, either valvoline or mobil or Mystik etc. this last oil change i only had 4 quarts of valvoline left so i used those and for the remainder oil needed i used Shell 5w30.
that was about 2 weeks ago and i checked the oil today and it was about a half quart low.

Now should I switch to 5w30 all together or even a 10w30? I have a bit of Formula shell stock piled from past sales from Menards.

I also have some Chevron Delo 10w30 HDEO and of course several other varietys of Valvoline durablend and maxlife, and some Pennz Ultra and QSUD, yes I have the oil hoard sickness. I took a picture of all the oil i had last year and it was quite a bit.

Anyways so yeah what oil do you recommend to help slow consumption.

I see you guys favor Defy as well, I've never used it, perhaps I should give that a try next time or I'll just run with the shell for now or try the Chevron 10w30 next time.

If the engine is a 4.6 or 5.4 I would recommend VML 5W20. If it's a 4.2 VML 5W30 will be just fine.
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