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Am I cheap or? Oil and filters... #4107582 05/26/16 09:14 PM
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I use the cheapest brand name oil I can find. ST is the lowest i'll go (Not that I think it's bad oil). Filters, I have used whatever is the cheapest. I use rockauto all the time and I estimate that I have 60+ filters in my stash. I have never had any oil related issues in any vehicle I have owned. I cut and inspect every filter I remove. Heck I filter my used oil and add it to my tractor's diesel fuel to get rid of it... Even the gas generator in small amounts ;-)

Am I cheap or what?




Re: Am I cheap or? Oil and filters... [Re: sw99] #4107589 05/26/16 09:21 PM
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Re: Am I cheap or? Oil and filters... [Re: sw99] #4107593 05/26/16 09:25 PM
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You might be cheap but there's nothing wrong with that if it's getting the job done & keeping your vehicles running flawlessly. cool

Re: Am I cheap or? Oil and filters... [Re: sw99] #4107596 05/26/16 09:26 PM
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Do you go to the RockAuto "economy" section to order brakes?

Yep.


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Re: Am I cheap or? Oil and filters... [Re: sw99] #4107597 05/26/16 09:27 PM
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I feel that I am value minded. I even capture my sump pump water to use on the trees and garden. Not to mention the 1000 gallons of rainwater I have collected. I just hate wasting stuff...




Re: Am I cheap or? Oil and filters... [Re: Donald] #4107601 05/26/16 09:28 PM
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Originally Posted By: Donald
Do you go to the RockAuto "economy" section to order brakes?

Yep.


Depends? I do my homework and go from there. I have used RA for brakes in the past.




Re: Am I cheap or? Oil and filters... [Re: sw99] #4107610 05/26/16 09:39 PM
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Nothing wrong with that...


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Re: Am I cheap or? Oil and filters... [Re: sw99] #4107623 05/26/16 09:54 PM
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After much reading here, and after an abundance of anecdotal evidence, my strategy has evolved:

OIL 5000 miles with any name brand conventional, OR
10,000 miles with synthetics.

FILTER Use a good one (NAPA Gold, for example) for 10 K.

Re: Am I cheap or? Oil and filters... [Re: sw99] #4107635 05/26/16 10:04 PM
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If you're so cheap, why do you have so many filters in your stash? They're just depreciating sitting there. Even though rockauto has decent prices for discounted pads, I think getting a pad with a lifetime warranty from Autozone or Advance is better as I've gone through 3 sets of free brake pads at this stage.

While ST is considered a decent oil, it's still conventional, there's lots of discounted synthetic oil which will last twice as long as ST and about the same price. The Mobil 1 $12 rebate comes to mind, just a little bit more than conventional but good for 10-15k.

Re: Am I cheap or? Oil and filters... [Re: sw99] #4107637 05/26/16 10:06 PM
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Why do you need our approval?


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Re: Am I cheap or? Oil and filters... [Re: sw99] #4107641 05/26/16 10:08 PM
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Nothing wrong w what you are doing.


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Re: Am I cheap or? Oil and filters... [Re: sw99] #4107642 05/26/16 10:10 PM
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I drive a lot and I like to maintenance my vehicles. 5K on oil for the most part and the wife and I both drive 20-25K a year. On the tractor I like to change the filters every year if not every six months. Personally I like to get under my vehicles more frequently to see any other potential issues and I like fresh oil in there.




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Originally Posted By: Noey
Why do you need our approval?
I am just curious on what people think on this topic. No offense, but what you say means nothing to me.




Re: Am I cheap or? Oil and filters... [Re: sw99] #4107668 05/26/16 10:52 PM
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Your not cheap, your frugal.

I like to buy things second hand. Just installed a used seat in my SL2. Half price at Pick-n-Pull.

You also recycle things. I like what you are doing much better than someone who is wasteful or careless.

I consider you thoughtful.


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Re: Am I cheap or? Oil and filters... [Re: sw99] #4107684 05/26/16 11:41 PM
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Originally Posted By: sw99
I feel that I am value minded. I even capture my sump pump water to use on the trees and garden. Not to mention the 1000 gallons of rainwater I have collected. I just hate wasting stuff...

Waste is 1 thing appropriate parts for the car is another. Buying good parts and use it to full potential is not waste.

I do collect rain water, I have 3 large trash cans and collected about 150-200 gallons. In winter months when we have few rainy days I turn off sprinklers a week or two if we have more than 1/4" rainfall. We have 5 gallon bucket in the shower tube to collect cold water before it is hot enough to take a shower.

In winter months we use about 25 gallons per person per day, compares with average of 150 gallons.

I bough all my oils and filters on sale, but so far I stay away from Walmart house brand oil and filter. I think Fram Ultra at $6.50 is a good buy for 15k miles FCI.

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