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#3430713 - 07/20/14 09:46 PM Re: Running conventional in newer Euro cars [Re: KenO]
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Registered: 12/14/02
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Modern specs have gotten more robust, this means synthetics too. But the oil temps seen in some vehicles means that a more oxidation-resistant lube is necessary. Grp III and III+ are likely more than good enough with the right chemistry add packs, but II+ and below likely aren't, so that would be my concern.

Time at temperature = oxidation and degradation.

Also, one would have to find the appropriate spec, such as ACEA A3, which is not easy to find in a typical viscosity conventional.

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#3430719 - 07/20/14 09:49 PM Re: Running conventional in newer Euro cars [Re: KenO]
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Registered: 02/06/14
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I'm actually amazed that ALL the newer turbo econo and mid size cars haven't had more engine/turbo failures when running regular oil. I mean, regardless of the technology of these newer cars, they run much hotter and are under a lot of stress that their NA predecessors weren't. I'd be interested to see how they stand the test of time.

I remember in the early 80's with Saab and Volvo being the major users of turbo's on gasser engines, these turbo setups would usually last about 100k miles then a new turbo was in order, regardless of how much you maintained them.
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#3430748 - 07/20/14 10:20 PM Re: Running conventional in newer Euro cars [Re: KenO]
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how about the customer that buys one quart at a time until the red light goes out. never pulls the dip stick.
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#3431431 - 07/21/14 05:29 PM Re: Running conventional in newer Euro cars [Re: KenO]
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There is no problem per se running a conventional motor oil if shorter oil change intervals are maintained but the motivation to use a dino is initial cost savings and no one is thinking it through that a shorter OCI may be required.
What is most likely is that those going cheap on using a Dino are more likely to not check the oil level and will delay having the oil changed as required.
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#3431761 - 07/21/14 10:44 PM Re: Running conventional in newer Euro cars [Re: KenO]
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Unless of course the motor was designed and engineered around synthetic oil, as Doug Hillary has alluded to...
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