I have a few separate and completely distinct problems with Pennzoil Ultra Platinum 5W-30. Help! First... Several weeks ago I tried using the search with terms like PUP, Pennzoil Ultra Platinum, Ultra, PUP oil, etc. and literally couldn't get any hits about Pennzoil Ultra Platinum motor oil at all. All the results came back nonsense. And just tonight I tried again and got nonsense. Second... And here's the KILLER! I ordered two 5 qt. jugs of Pennzoil Ultra Platinum 5W-30 from a VERY popular online source. I bought it for the new car that is 2 months old and was ready for it's first oil change. I got the car up on ramps in the alley and drained the factory fill (@6000mi.) Threw the old oil in my recycling unit along with the filter... pulled out the new PUP oil and when I opened the cap I didn't hear or feel the safety ring snapping loose. Took a close look and there was a single split in the ring that let the cap come off with the lid! So I grabbed the second jug I ordered and took that cap off. Same thing. A split ring and it came off with the cap! It seems someone may have cut the ring to remove the good oil and replace it with some dollar general SA oil so they could have the PUP oil ...OR SOMETHING! Third... Not taking any chances with my new car with 6000mi... I had no choice but to use FIVE YEAR OLD Pennzoil Ultra Platinum 5W-30 I stockpiled when it first came out and never used (it was during the $20 rebate deal.) The question here is, do you think its OK to use this 5 year old oil in my new car? Its already in there and has been for a few days. The cap on the 5 qt. jug I used was opened 5 years ago to get the code under the cap for the rebate and then the cap was carefully put back on and the jug placed on a shelf in my garage. Its a large concrete block garage that's sealed up pretty good and doesn't see wild temperature variations, but has seen inside temps around freezing and over 100F in summer. The oil looked good when I poured it. As a side note, the old PUP oil that is still left in the jug has an exotic smell to it. Kind of a sweet smell, a plastic smell, a fresh oil smell, a swimming pool smell, and some unidentified outer space smell... all in one! Really, its a curious, almost intoxicating smell. But it is fleeting. You can barely smell it right at first and then after 2 or 3 whiffs you can't smell it any more. This oil has a nice golden amber color. The two new PUP jugs from the famous online supplier, The "Big A," it smells like a flashback to some cheap 1980's SF motor oil from the local store. You know, like the old "motor oil" scratch and sniff stickers. The oil is also darker than the oil I put in the motor too. The two new jugs are yellow, and the old one (the one that went in my engine) is a dark grey color. All three are labeled "Pennzoil Ultra Platinum 5W-30." Is there a difference in the old, original PUP in the grey jug and the new ones in the yellow jugs or could something more nefarious going on? I can't find any info in the search about PUP oil! ANY input about Pennzoil Ultra Platinum 5W-30 would be much appreciated!
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