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#1602958 - 09/17/09 10:31 AM Best cheap motor oil
conradcliff Offline


Registered: 03/23/07
Posts: 68
Loc: u.S.A. Florida
Hey guys, it's been a while since I've been on, but I never stop thinking about you all! wink

So, I did a search and to my amazement, what I thought would have been a common thread was nonexistent.

I have been running PP at 7500mi OCI's, but times are tough and if I can get away with running an oil that's half the price at a 5000mi OCI and still maintain decent engine protection then that's what I want to do.

So, here's the question:
What do you guys think is the best cheap oil out there?

I've been thinking about Super Tech Synthetic (last I checked it was pretty cheap), but I've read good and bad about it.

The oil you suggest might be only capable of 3000mi OCI's but be less than 3/5th's the price of a 5000mi OCI oil...you get the picture. thumbsup

Also, if you have any thoughts on good cheap oil filters that would be helpful too.

Anyway, this place is great..I really mean it, I love owning people on their oil knowledge because of what I've learned here and it's all thanks to all of you! thumbsup

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#1602964 - 09/17/09 10:39 AM Re: Best cheap motor oil [Re: conradcliff]
lexus114 Offline


Registered: 05/12/08
Posts: 6013
Loc: Easton, PA
If you have any access to Chevron Supreme,that is an outstanding oil that is pretty cheap.Also Formula Shell.As far as oil filters,I really like the Purelator (the white ones)


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#1602965 - 09/17/09 10:45 AM Re: Best cheap motor oil [Re: lexus114]
dnewton3 Online   content



Registered: 05/14/07
Posts: 5618
Loc: Indianapolis, IN
Best deals I've seen for a while are Citgo at Rural King for $.79/qrt. I'm sure it can go 3k miles, and probably 5k with moderate (read not-severe environment) use.
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#1602966 - 09/17/09 10:46 AM Re: Best cheap motor oil [Re: lexus114]
Drew99GT Offline


Registered: 10/11/02
Posts: 20740
Loc: Colorado Springs
Depending on how far you're into your current oil change interval, you can find Pennz Platinum on sale frequently and continue using it.

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#1602969 - 09/17/09 10:51 AM Re: Best cheap motor oil [Re: Drew99GT]
bepperb Offline


Registered: 01/10/08
Posts: 4760
Loc: Milwaukee, WI
I think you'd be better off looking for a good deal on a number of oils, that looking for the best low cost oil at regular price.

For example, this year I bought a case of Valvoline for 14 bucks, and four quarts of Formula Shell for five bucks. Either could go 5000 miles no problem. I also got a few 5qt jugs of PP for five buck, after rebate of 15. Keep an eye out on the deals forum, and I think that's the best way to stretch your dollars.
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#1602975 - 09/17/09 11:00 AM Re: Best cheap motor oil [Re: bepperb]
JonnyHotcakes Offline


Registered: 02/22/08
Posts: 217
Loc: NY
Wolfshead.
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#1602981 - 09/17/09 11:09 AM Re: Best cheap motor oil [Re: JonnyHotcakes]
MGregoir Offline


Registered: 08/30/07
Posts: 1784
Loc: Bonnyville, AB
Chevron Supreme is the equal to Havoline literally, just different bottles, and is cheaper in my experience.

I'd go with that or Mobil Clean 5000.

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#1602986 - 09/17/09 11:16 AM Re: Best cheap motor oil [Re: MGregoir]
topcat78 Offline


Registered: 02/23/07
Posts: 45
Loc: Singapore
is chevron supreme mineral?
ok for using as break-in oil?

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#1602989 - 09/17/09 11:22 AM Re: Best cheap motor oil [Re: topcat78]
Ben99GT Offline


Registered: 02/25/05
Posts: 4303
Loc: MS
I too like Chevron Supreme/Havoline. It still has quite a bit moly and a high quality group II+ base oil. It's mineral, and the moly content makes it an excellent break in oil.
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#1603006 - 09/17/09 11:48 AM Re: Best cheap motor oil [Re: Ben99GT]
conradcliff Offline


Registered: 03/23/07
Posts: 68
Loc: u.S.A. Florida
Wow, thanks for all the quick replies!! So it seems that Chevron Supreme/Havoline is a fav..that's a dino right? Would you all say it's better than Super Tech synthetic?

Yeah, looking for the deals is probably the best idea...WOW! 5qt jugs of PP for $5?! That's amazing...how long did it take for the rebate to come in?

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#1603008 - 09/17/09 11:55 AM Re: Best cheap motor oil [Re: conradcliff]
Stanley Rockafeller Offline


Registered: 03/29/05
Posts: 691
Loc: Van, B.C.
Saw Wolfshead in a small store while in HI last week. I vaguely recal hearing that it was a decent oil.
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#1603012 - 09/17/09 12:01 PM Re: Best cheap motor oil [Re: Stanley Rockafeller]
PT1 Offline


Registered: 02/06/07
Posts: 5746
Loc: near the mistake
Have you tried the PP $15 rebate at Walmart and one their website? There are 2 rebates and since a 5qt jug is $20 that makes it $1 per quart.
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#1603021 - 09/17/09 12:17 PM Re: Best cheap motor oil [Re: PT1]
bepperb Offline


Registered: 01/10/08
Posts: 4760
Loc: Milwaukee, WI
"how long did it take for the rebate to come in?"

In my experience, Valvoline only takes about two weeks. SOPUS (Shell/Pennzoil/QS) is probably six weeks, and the two Mobil rebates I did were about 12~14 weeks each.

Right now all three have rebates of some sort going on. Really, you might be able to pick up a case of Valvoline conventional and submit a $10 rebate and get that oil cheaper than anything. If you have the time, the PP for five bucks is hard to beat.
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#1603045 - 09/17/09 01:04 PM Re: Best cheap motor oil [Re: bepperb]
addyguy Offline


Registered: 09/08/05
Posts: 13429
Loc: Canada
Push you PP intervals to 10-12k. Oil will easily do it, and, you don't have to worry about finding a new oil.
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#1603054 - 09/17/09 01:14 PM Re: Best cheap motor oil [Re: addyguy]
gfh77665 Offline


Registered: 09/01/08
Posts: 2314
Loc: Southeast Texas
Originally Posted By: addyguy
Push you PP intervals to 10-12k. Oil will easily do it, and, you don't have to worry about finding a new oil.


Good idea, but 10K max, IMHO.

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