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#3363720 - 05/06/14 06:51 PM OIL - Why do you choose what you choose...
wemay Offline


Registered: 04/04/12
Posts: 5188
Loc: South Florida
What is the single most important factor in your oil purchase decision?


Edited by wemay (05/06/14 06:52 PM)
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#3363726 - 05/06/14 06:54 PM Re: OIL - Why do you chose what you chose... [Re: wemay]
tojo1968 Offline


Registered: 01/03/14
Posts: 171
Loc: orlando fl
1. Reputation
2. Price

I have owned 3 100k+ and 2 200k+ mileage vehicles with no oil related problems using M1. Nuff said for me.
I know you said "single most" but there is no one deciding factor for me.


Edited by tojo1968 (05/06/14 07:01 PM)
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#3363727 - 05/06/14 06:54 PM Re: OIL - Why do you chose what you chose... [Re: wemay]
Errtt Offline


Registered: 11/14/10
Posts: 2358
Loc: California
^ yup and locally available

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#3363732 - 05/06/14 06:56 PM Re: OIL - Why do you choose what you choose... [Re: wemay]
AandPDan Offline


Registered: 02/01/11
Posts: 815
Loc: MA
I'll say past experience right now.

My older vehicles use Mobil Super 5k, the newer, Mobil 1. I've been using Mobil products for over 30 years and never had an oil related failure.

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#3363741 - 05/06/14 07:04 PM Re: OIL - Why do you choose what you choose... [Re: wemay]
HTSS_TR Offline


Registered: 04/17/06
Posts: 17001
Loc: Lake Forest, CA
Price.
I only bought name brands dino and syn when it was on sale with rebate(s). My 1994 LS400 with more than 380k miles had various oil brands in both dino and syn. As of now no engine problem what-so-ever. The MB E430 only had syn, S2000 had syn and dino.

After 20 years and 380k miles the LS400 body parts, interior and exterior, are falling apart, but engine and transmission are in good working condition.
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#3363750 - 05/06/14 07:07 PM Re: OIL - Why do you choose what you choose... [Re: wemay]
fdcg27 Offline


Registered: 09/25/09
Posts: 11456
Loc: OH
FAR is always good.
I have many changes of FAR syns in my stash.
My only cost was sales tax and postage.
I also have some syns where I actually made a couple of pennies all in.
Good oils cheap are always a good choice and are the only valid reason to build a stash.
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#3363751 - 05/06/14 07:07 PM Re: OIL - Why do you choose what you choose... [Re: wemay]
Merkava_4 Offline


Registered: 01/30/07
Posts: 13184
Loc: Clovis, CA
1. Quietness

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#3363757 - 05/06/14 07:13 PM Re: OIL - Why do you choose what you choose... [Re: wemay]
jimbrewer Offline


Registered: 12/30/12
Posts: 1080
Loc: New Mexico, USA
Motorcraft for a Ford:

1. Reputation. Confirmed by UOAs

2. Price (at the Quicklane place)

3. Availability.

4. Extended warranty preservation.

OTOH picked up some M-1 EP for wife that I saw on sale at Wal-Mart. Everyone likes a bargain.

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#3363759 - 05/06/14 07:13 PM Re: OIL - Why do you choose what you choose... [Re: wemay]
walk23 Offline


Registered: 05/16/11
Posts: 566
Loc: TX - TEXAS
UOA's.
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#3363760 - 05/06/14 07:13 PM Re: OIL - Why do you choose what you choose... [Re: wemay]
FowVay Offline


Registered: 06/02/02
Posts: 2357
Loc: Southeastern USA
I make oil purchases based firstly on whether the oil meets the requirements set forth by my engine manufacturer.

Secondly, I look for additional approvals that the oil carries from other manufacturers. The more approvals that a oil carries the better I like it.

And thirdly, I will narrow the oil brands down and then choose based on price.

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#3363770 - 05/06/14 07:20 PM Re: OIL - Why do you choose what you choose... [Re: wemay]
gregk24 Offline


Registered: 04/13/13
Posts: 4208
Loc: FL, USA
For me there is no ONE most important factor in choosing an oil. Its the combination of factors that I base my oil choice off.
For me, I like an oil with a good add pack, light on start up, synthetic, and available at a good price. TGMO fits the bill for me.
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#3363773 - 05/06/14 07:23 PM Re: OIL - Why do you choose what you choose... [Re: wemay]
razel Offline


Registered: 06/28/03
Posts: 373
Loc: Los Angeles, CA
Price. SM, SN oils are fantastic. Actually SL was the beginning of obsoleting differentiating between different brands. SM, SN made choosing major brands even less unnecessary.

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#3363779 - 05/06/14 07:28 PM Re: OIL - Why do you choose what you choose... [Re: wemay]
Cristobal Offline


Registered: 01/02/11
Posts: 2286
Loc: Cal-Neva-Ari
Reputation.
Price.
Availability.
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#3363815 - 05/06/14 07:58 PM Re: OIL - Why do you choose what you choose... [Re: wemay]
spasm3 Offline


Registered: 05/30/10
Posts: 5889
Loc: out there
Originally Posted By: wemay
What is the single most important factor in your oil purchase decision?


For me there is not a single most important factor. For the truck its reputaion, i use qsud for summer towing. In the hyundai its reputation also, it gets pen platinum. The olds and older saturn get nextgen hm since they are old cars and the saturn uses oil, i also got it for $1 quart. The low mileage saturn is not using oil so it gets pen ultra to keep the ring packs crud free.

Its a decision of expense and age of cars.
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#3363832 - 05/06/14 08:07 PM Re: OIL - Why do you choose what you choose... [Re: wemay]
Quattro Pete Offline


Registered: 10/30/02
Posts: 30475
Loc: Great Lakes
1. Carrying the appropriate mfg spec
2. Price
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