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#2281966 - 06/07/11 08:37 PM STP and Dollar General Motor Oil?
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Was at a Dollar General yesterday, noticed they carried a house brand and also STP oil. I have never heard of either of them and was wondering if there were any opinions on them. Did a search and saw STP had been discussed before, but not recently. I believe both oil's were API SM. Thanks
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#2281980 - 06/07/11 08:49 PM Re: STP and Dollar General Motor Oil? [Re: renegade_987]
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STP?
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#2281982 - 06/07/11 08:52 PM Re: STP and Dollar General Motor Oil? [Re: renegade_987]
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Yup
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#2281984 - 06/07/11 08:52 PM Re: STP and Dollar General Motor Oil? [Re: renegade_987]
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#2281985 - 06/07/11 08:55 PM Re: STP and Dollar General Motor Oil? [Re: renegade_987]
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Huh, interesting. doesn't look like they make it anymore, maybe just a slow selling stock?
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#2281997 - 06/07/11 09:05 PM Re: STP and Dollar General Motor Oil? [Re: renegade_987]
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Maybe....
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#2282004 - 06/07/11 09:09 PM Re: STP and Dollar General Motor Oil? [Re: renegade_987]
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It was cheap, like $2.50 or $2.75 per quart, so was DG Brand
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#2282005 - 06/07/11 09:09 PM Re: STP and Dollar General Motor Oil? [Re: renegade_987]
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In 1995 I worked for Kragen auto parts and they had STP oil. I used it in a 345 International and a 360 Dodge with no problems. It met whatever was the latest standard back then.

In 1996 I moved to Cincy, Oh and it was pretty popular there.
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#2282044 - 06/07/11 09:47 PM Re: STP and Dollar General Motor Oil? [Re: Chris142]
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Why mess with these questionable products when you can buy a reputable Chevron Supreme at Costco for less than $2.50/quart (or $1.67/QT when on sale with coupon)?

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#2282065 - 06/07/11 10:21 PM Re: STP and Dollar General Motor Oil? [Re: renegade_987]
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Ive used STP brand oil before, no problems. Id use it again if the price was right.
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#2282081 - 06/07/11 10:50 PM Re: STP and Dollar General Motor Oil? [Re: bobfather99]
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If it's got the API seal, I wouldn't see any problems using it for shorter intervals.

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#2282165 - 06/08/11 04:08 AM Re: STP and Dollar General Motor Oil? [Re: renegade_987]
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The key to buying just about any store-brand product is to figure out who made it for them......
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#2282299 - 06/08/11 09:34 AM Re: STP and Dollar General Motor Oil? [Re: Xstang]
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Originally Posted By: Xstang
The key to buying just about any store-brand product is to figure out who made it for them......


What would that tell you ??.... would the store brand be the same "recipe" as the branded oil from that manufacturer ?
I believe the API rating is most important... if the oil in the container is indeed up to the rating (that's another question).

(The Canadian Heinz processing plant is located here and they do a lot of "co-packs" for other companies/retailers. The folks in the cook-room have different recipes for the different end users)

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#2282318 - 06/08/11 09:53 AM Re: STP and Dollar General Motor Oil? [Re: renegade_987]
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STP's 'glory days' were the 1970's, for sure.

They had their oil treatment (no. 1 selling brand); their 10W-50 '15,000-mile' oil; their 'silver bullet' double filter.

It's all petered out since then - they don't sell oil anymore, andf their oil and fuel treatments are just cash-cows for Clorox - there's no real 'research' or passion to them anymore.
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#2282330 - 06/08/11 10:22 AM Re: STP and Dollar General Motor Oil? [Re: renegade_987]
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Funny you mention that, my local DG has this STP oil too, doesn't look like a whole lot, but they still got some; likely slow moving stock smile I'm willing to bet they don't make it anymore :P

But yea, if it meets the API specs (the donut on the back) for your vehicle, be rest assured it'll do you well as either a top off oil, or a full 4-6k OCI....likely SL or SM rated or somesuch.


Kinda cool how you walk into stores and each store has their own brands...


Went to target last night "on a whim" (I was in the area, and never really go into there.....) and obviously, went to the auto section, seems all they had was "Mobil Special" what appeared to be some sort of conventional oil smile

And yea, when I went to DG If I recall, there was STP, or some Warren product, so I took for the STP product, since I'm fairly familiar with Warren (distributor of SuperTech in my area...) and figured I'd give the STP a try, worked good as a top off oil 2 OCIs ago.

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