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#4494380 - 08/21/17 11:24 AM Mexican oil observations
2012AccentSE Offline


Registered: 10/08/13
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Loc: TX
GF and I were in Mexico on Saturday and stopped at a Soriana's (popular Mexican store similar to walmart). While browsing the oil section I noticed that all they really had was SL rated 25w60 and SAE 40. It makes you really think about the US and CAFE standards. Do you think these oils really would provide better protection vs let's say, PYB 5w30 that is called for here in the States? Keep in mind, there no difference in climate between my home town and this Mexican city (we live in a border town). It begs the question, what would last longer if everything was identical, a car running SL 25w40 or a car running 5w30?


Edited by 2012AccentSE (08/21/17 11:25 AM)
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#4494383 - 08/21/17 11:29 AM Re: Mexican oil observations [Re: 2012AccentSE]
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Registered: 01/17/17
Posts: 128
Loc: California
I saw the same thing, and I also saw that most of them were SL or SJ rated.

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#4494388 - 08/21/17 11:32 AM Re: Mexican oil observations [Re: 2012AccentSE]
Brons2 Offline


Registered: 09/16/03
Posts: 3042
Loc: Austin, Texas
What town do you cross the border into? I haven't crossed the border in 14 years, although I have flown over to a resort.

Afraid to cross the border on foot anymore.
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#4494389 - 08/21/17 11:34 AM Re: Mexican oil observations [Re: 2012AccentSE]
2012AccentSE Offline


Registered: 10/08/13
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Loc: TX
El Paso to Juarez
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#4494392 - 08/21/17 11:38 AM Re: Mexican oil observations [Re: 2012AccentSE]
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Registered: 09/19/16
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Loc: Minnesota
No issues at Progresso Nuevo. Great dental and cheap prescription drugs. Probably the safest as they depend on Winter Texans and try to keep it safe. Great bridge to walk over and a good parking lot on TX side. Not an issue I am told to drive over but don't drive to nice of a car. Will be back in October for some more dental work.


Edited by bioburner (08/21/17 11:39 AM)
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#4494398 - 08/21/17 11:50 AM Re: Mexican oil observations [Re: 2012AccentSE]
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Never drive a vehicle you are too precious about, also...NEVER GET GAS IN MEXICO lol
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#4494399 - 08/21/17 11:53 AM Re: Mexican oil observations [Re: 2012AccentSE]
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Registered: 09/19/16
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Loc: Minnesota
When I left Mission TX last spring it was cheaper to buy American gas.


Edited by bioburner (08/21/17 11:57 AM)
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#4494404 - 08/21/17 12:01 PM Re: Mexican oil observations [Re: 2012AccentSE]
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Registered: 03/11/12
Posts: 1096
Loc: San Antonio, TX
I've been to Nuevo progreso. I noticed Mexican race car drivers towing their race cars over to the US to fill their tanks.
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#4494411 - 08/21/17 12:08 PM Re: Mexican oil observations [Re: 2012AccentSE]
bioburner Offline


Registered: 09/19/16
Posts: 1418
Loc: Minnesota
Octane numbers are a guess south of the border. What we consider normal of 87 or so is pretty high for them.


Edited by wwillson (08/22/17 07:05 AM)
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#4494435 - 08/21/17 12:51 PM Re: Mexican oil observations [Re: 2012AccentSE]
OneEyeJack Offline


Registered: 09/14/10
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Loc: S California
There's a Mexican landscaper here that lives in Tecate and crossed the border often. He has a late model 150 with a V8. He tows a tractor that's got to put him near or over the towing limit. He runs 20w-50 Castrol GTX and changes it every 5K miles and at 100K he's doing fine. He said that no one he knows in the business uses 5w-20 or even 5w-30. They all say it's too thin.

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#4494454 - 08/21/17 01:21 PM Re: Mexican oil observations [Re: 2012AccentSE]
Panzerman Offline


Registered: 12/16/06
Posts: 4203
Loc: Port Orange, Florida
I think too much emphasis is placed on viscosity.
What's important in changing your oil at reasonable intervals and using a quality oil of any weight.
People that fear any deviation from the owners manual just don't know it won't hurt a thing.
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#4494466 - 08/21/17 01:48 PM Re: Mexican oil observations [Re: 2012AccentSE]
SonofJoe Offline


Registered: 07/23/16
Posts: 1052
Loc: Europe
Once upon a time, many years ago, I had to run a test program in Pemex (Mexican) Group I base oil. On paper the base oil looked like real garbage but to my eternal surprise, everything passed first time to API SL.

An old friend told me that he thought they were still using my juice.

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#4494475 - 08/21/17 01:56 PM Re: Mexican oil observations [Re: 2012AccentSE]
FermeLaPorte Offline


Registered: 07/25/17
Posts: 469
Loc: Texas (south)
Yep, my dad lives in Mexico. All oil is 20w50
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#4494480 - 08/21/17 02:02 PM Re: Mexican oil observations [Re: 2012AccentSE]
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Registered: 10/22/15
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Loc: Balearic Islands , Spain
In all of South and Central America really the standard oil is 20W-50, and it gets put into anything with a gasoline engine.
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#4494535 - 08/21/17 03:00 PM Re: Mexican oil observations [Re: 2012AccentSE]
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Registered: 10/08/13
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Loc: TX
I guess what I found interesting is that we are so close to the border. Here 20w50 is "waaayyy too thick" but 10 min south 25w60 is the "standard"
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