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#4534870 - 10/05/17 07:08 PM German Castrol 0W-30 gone from shelves?
smonska Offline

Registered: 02/19/10
Posts: 79
Loc: Western Massachusetts
Is after years of being vaunted as the ultimate oil in a 30 weight, GC 0w30 discontinued for good? The place for it on the rack is gone at my local Autozone, and all Advance Autos show it as out of stock now. I guess the 0W40 has finally replaced it.

Are we going to hold a memorial service?

Edited by smonska (10/05/17 07:09 PM)
67' Camaro 327 RT 15w-40
06' Audi 2.0T GC 0w-40
99' Honda Superhawk RT 5w-40
06' Dodge Cummins RT 5w-40
10' Corvette GS GC 0w-30
12' Buick Regal GC 0w-30

#4534890 - 10/05/17 07:46 PM Re: German Castrol 0W-30 gone from shelves? [Re: smonska]
Seventh Offline

Registered: 11/11/12
Posts: 234
Loc: NorCal
I haven't seen any on the shelves in a long time. Great product.

Perhaps Castrol ending their contract with BMW in 2015 had something to do with them giving up on their LL-01 certified 30w oil?

From what I recall, BMW brand 5w30 and GC 0w30 were pretty much one in the same.

#4534893 - 10/05/17 07:52 PM Re: German Castrol 0W-30 gone from shelves? [Re: smonska]
aquariuscsm Online   content

Registered: 12/30/06
Posts: 17719
Loc: South Texas,USA
The last Castrol Edge 0W30 I remember was the replacement orange label Belgian stuff from about three years ago.
1996 Nissan 300ZX 5-speed,Arctic Pearl(#175 of 300)
QSUD 10W30
2012 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L 2.4,auto,San Marino Red
Pennzoil Platinum 0W20

#4534936 - 10/05/17 08:31 PM Re: German Castrol 0W-30 gone from shelves? [Re: smonska]
slacktide_bitog Offline

Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 5613
Loc: USA
I think Pep Boys still carries it. I was able to get it earlier this year during Pep Boys' annual Founders Day sale, where it was like $20 after rebate. I bought two oil change deals' worth in part because of the possibility of it being discontinued, and the rebate limit was 2.

#4534951 - 10/05/17 08:52 PM Re: German Castrol 0W-30 gone from shelves? [Re: smonska]
69GTX Offline

Registered: 09/23/15
Posts: 3684
Loc: Connecticut
Auto Zone was clearing it out in December 2015 at $2/qt (API SL).

2002 Lincoln Cont 4.6L DOHC/ 81K mi /PPlat 5w30/FUG XG2
1999 Camaro SS M6 /19K /Mobil 1 0w40 /Fram UG /GM MTL-ATF
1969 Ply GTX/RRs

#4534955 - 10/05/17 08:56 PM Re: German Castrol 0W-30 gone from shelves? [Re: smonska]
THafeez Offline

Registered: 08/15/16
Posts: 650
Loc: New Jersey
my pepboys still has about 50+ qts of the stuff. I have no need for it at 9.49 a qt
2004 Toyota Solara SE 2.4 2AZFE
175,000 miles
Valvoline Synpower Maxlife 5W30
Royal Purple 20-400 oversize

#4535115 - 10/06/17 04:54 AM Re: German Castrol 0W-30 gone from shelves? [Re: 69GTX]
dlundblad Offline

Registered: 09/30/13
Posts: 9404
Loc: Midwest
Originally Posted By: 69GTX
Auto Zone was clearing it out in December 2015 at $2/qt (API SL).

I was able to buy some on closeout December 2016. AZ closing it out 2 years in a row isn't a good sign. I don't think AAP carries it anymore either..

It was only a matter of time anyways. Castrol has 0w40 and 5w40 still.
03 Jeep WJ 4.0 197k Castrol Edge 10w40 HM Fram XG16
02 Volvo S60 2.4T 170k M1 0w40 Mann HU818X
97 Chevy Blazer 4.3 142k Rotella T5 10w30 Fram TG3980

#4535145 - 10/06/17 06:11 AM Re: German Castrol 0W-30 gone from shelves? [Re: smonska]
BobsArmory Offline

Registered: 03/28/10
Posts: 1285
Loc: Michigan
Amazon still sells it
Keeping the forces of evil at bay
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#4535332 - 10/06/17 11:39 AM Re: German Castrol 0W-30 gone from shelves? [Re: smonska]
ARCOgraphite Offline

Registered: 05/17/09
Posts: 11725
Loc: N.H, U.S.A.
I never tried the BITOG darling, elven touched Green CG from over as decade ago. Tried the Gold and my AerioSX didn't like it - though it wasn't worn in yet. It didn't like RP with synerlec either.

Must have been the filter.

or the fact that it was a Suzuki CAR engine (as opposed to the excellent GSX-R motors)

Edited by ARCOgraphite (10/06/17 11:40 AM)
2014 Nissan Rogue S CVT, OC#9 41392mi-QSUD10W30 + M110A CHAMP Filter; 2017 Subaru Crosstrek CVT OC#2 ?? mi-SOA/Idemitsu 0w20 + SOA Filter

#4551333 - 10/22/17 07:00 PM Re: German Castrol 0W-30 gone from shelves? [Re: smonska]
Claudio Offline

Registered: 12/12/16
Posts: 3
Loc: Shanghai, China
Really wonder the reason behind its popularity in US...In China because of its price and compatibility on bumper-to-bumper Volkswagen.

Tried one interval of 0W30 on my BMW N20 engine, its longevity sucks...
Life is change.
04 Honda Accord 2.3
07 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.4
12 Audi A4 2.0T
14 Range Rover Evoque Prestige
16 BMW 520i Touring

#4551682 - 10/23/17 07:06 AM Re: German Castrol 0W-30 gone from shelves? [Re: smonska]
JohnnyJohnson Online   content

Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 2129
Loc: Wet side WA
Don't fret about it.

2004 Toyota Corolla 118717
Out: QSUD 5W-30 Purolator One 5030 mile OIC
In: Valvoline ML 5w-30 Fram TG4967 117530
2006 Duramax 73712

#4552115 - 10/23/17 03:44 PM Re: German Castrol 0W-30 gone from shelves? [Re: JohnnyJohnson]
mightymousetech Online   happy

Registered: 04/03/17
Posts: 1199
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Originally Posted By: JohnnyJohnson
Don't fret about it.

That is a low SAPS oil only for use in diesels in North America.

I don't know why people lament over the loss of the 0W30, just switch to the 0W40, nearly the same oil.

Edited by mightymousetech (10/23/17 03:46 PM)
Mighty Mouse Tech
Acura Tech
2010 Civic Si Castrol 0W40, Redline MTL
2013 BMW 135i M Sport Edition Castrol 0W40, Redline MTL

#4557908 - 10/28/17 11:12 PM Re: German Castrol 0W-30 gone from shelves? [Re: mightymousetech]
Y_K Offline

Registered: 05/29/09
Posts: 2073
Loc: WA (USA)
Originally Posted By: mightymousetech
That is a low SAPS oil only for use in diesels in North America.

Dual usage oil. API SN

#4557952 - 10/29/17 12:39 AM Re: German Castrol 0W-30 gone from shelves? [Re: Y_K]
Garak Offline

Registered: 12/05/09
Posts: 23714
Loc: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
That's technically true, but finding a gasoline vehicle in North America that calls for a 5w-30 in SN only (or SM only) is rather difficult. Most call for SN/GF-5. Infiniti/Nissan have generally called for SM or better with GF-4 as an option (i.e. my G37's manual). So, this C3 type product and others would work; Castrol even has their C3 5w-30 as part of their lube recommendations for my G37. Most OEMs aren't that liberal, though, and will call for the resource conserving part, too.
Plain, simple Garak.

2008 Infiniti G37 - Shell ROTELLA T6 Multi-Vehicle 5w-30, NAPA Gold 7356
1984 F-150 4.9L - Quaker State GB 10w-30, Wix 51515

#4560420 - 10/31/17 05:29 PM Re: German Castrol 0W-30 gone from shelves? [Re: smonska]
1JZ_E46 Online   content

Registered: 04/04/16
Posts: 731
Loc: Oregon
Advance Auto Parts carries it in the Portland area. It was on sale for $5.50 a quart for a while. Now its $8.50 or so. I'll probably switch over to 0W-40 in our Mini Cooper once we run out of 0W-30. 0W-40 did a fantastic job in my X5 (UOA Link).
2007 BMW X5 4.8i, 105K: Castrol EDGE 0W-40, Mann
2012 Mini Cooper, 45K: Castrol EDGE 0W-30, Mann

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