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Valvoline #4633730
01/13/18 02:49 PM
01/13/18 02:49 PM
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HowAboutThis Offline OP
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Kind of bored so thought I'd entertain myself. Have an '05 Forester and currently no place to change my own oil. Apartment management frowns on using parking lot. So I've done the quick lube place with high anxiety during the process. Man they're sketchy, young, and have no idea what they're doing.

Anyway, Valvoline synthetic and a cheapo filter I'm sure. Currently at 4500 miles. I'm hoping to change again around 7k-8k miles. Put about 1500/mth on it so about 2-3 more months.

Checked the oil today using white paper towel and it was still a nice amber color, which is meaningless I know, but made me feel confident.

Some people on here seem to think Valvoline isn't the best synthetic choice, at least I've read it here and there while I lurk.

What's your opinion? Will my Forester last 8k intervals or am I guaranteed doom and implosion because I'm not using PP with a $15 filter with 2k change intervals?

Hoping for a bit of knowledge and some entertaining comments.

Re: Valvoline [Re: HowAboutThis] #4633743
01/13/18 03:01 PM
01/13/18 03:01 PM
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N.Ohio
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Valvoline has always rendered good analysis reports here. I use it sometimes when I can get a deal on it. I wouldn't hesitate at all using it again in the future.


The "thinking" man's friend.
Re: Valvoline [Re: HowAboutThis] #4633755
01/13/18 03:16 PM
01/13/18 03:16 PM
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No real evidence that I've ever seen that Valvoline is any different than other GroupIII synthetics.
Pennzoil claims Mobil1 gives you cleaner pistons than Valvoline, and their own Platinum & Ultra Platinum cleaner still.
http://www.pennzoil.com/en_us/education/power-pennzoil-synthetics/cleanerpistons.html
It could very well be that Valvoline Synpower is really nothing special among synthetics.

I'm always concerned that quick lube shops might not actually give me synthetic oil, instead putting in cheaper conventional oil.

Re: Valvoline [Re: HowAboutThis] #4633760
01/13/18 03:18 PM
01/13/18 03:18 PM
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Columbus, Ohio
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Originally Posted By: HowAboutThis


Checked the oil today using white paper towel and it was still a nice amber color, which is meaningless I know, but made me feel confident.



Not meaningless for Iffy Lube, at least it means they actually changed it.


2009 Mercury Grand Marquis, 8 cyl auto, 83xxx miles, PU/Fram Ultra
2005 Hyundai Sonata, 4 cyl auto, 96xxx miles, Maxlife/OEM Filter
Current oil stash: 519 qts.


Re: Valvoline [Re: HowAboutThis] #4633762
01/13/18 03:20 PM
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Campbellsville, KY
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I'm at 109K on my Cruze (1.4L with a bad record for turbo and PCV failures) which has spent 90K of that on Synpower @ 5K intervals, and it purrs like a kitten with zero consumption. My dad's '97 Suburban was at 430K a few months ago - he's used Maxlife blend at 3k-ish intervals since 170K. 90% of the OC's I do at my shop are Maxlife and I have several customers that comment how well their cars run after being under my care for a while.


To quote a friend, "Synthetics, man."

'85 GMC C3500, 454, 132K
'82 Mercedes 300CD, OM617 turbo, 173K (totaled 2018, in rehab)
'85 Mercedes 300TD, OM617 turbo, 217K (wife's)
'67 Suburban, 350, 331K
Re: Valvoline [Re: HowAboutThis] #4633764
01/13/18 03:22 PM
01/13/18 03:22 PM
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OH
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You can always take it to a Ford Quicklane next time for an oil change. No appt needed, I've been happy with their work, no real upselling, $25 for a synblend oil change, about $50 for a full syn change. Even a Walmart TLE would be better than your typical quick change place esp Jiffy Lube who has now changed their name to Take 5 oil change or something like that.

Re: Valvoline [Re: HowAboutThis] #4633775
01/13/18 03:36 PM
01/13/18 03:36 PM
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SE British Columbia, Canada
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Here is the Valvoine Syn Power. Pretty cheap at Walmart and Dexos approved. Hard to argue against it.



If you want the job done right......do it yourself.
Re: Valvoline [Re: HowAboutThis] #4633791
01/13/18 03:51 PM
01/13/18 03:51 PM
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Mid-Tenn
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Mid-Tenn
Take a little time and research some of UOA's that are posted. You'll see that Valvoline Synpower is just as good as any of the other brands.

Re: Valvoline [Re: HowAboutThis] #4633793
01/13/18 03:53 PM
01/13/18 03:53 PM
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Idaho
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Valvoline oils are as good as or better that the competition.


2015 Ford F150 2.7
2018 Ford F350 6.2
Re: Valvoline [Re: HowAboutThis] #4633805
01/13/18 04:04 PM
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Well, it's not Jiffy Lube. But similar. You can watch them work on the TV next to your window. So I saw them actually change the oil. And I got a nice discount on a differential drain and fill. Their regular differential price was outrageous given it's easier than an oil change. The lady in my life had never had it done so I figured it couldn't hurt. They did try to sell a bunch of miracles in a bottle and a turn signal bulb. It was burned out, but the apartment doesn't care if I change a bulb because bulbs don't make a mess.

I should add this engine uses about a quart every 2-3k miles. Not unreasonable, but my Honda and Toyota use almost nothing over 5-10k intervals. So annoying that I have to add.

Re: Valvoline [Re: HowAboutThis] #4633813
01/13/18 04:14 PM
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San Antonio, TX
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Originally Posted By: HowAboutThis
Have an '05 Forester and currently no place to change my own oil. Apartment management frowns on using parking lot.


Find a fleet fuel station on the weekend. They're always empty and you can change the oil off to the side somewhere on clean concrete. Bring Rhino ramps and something to catch the oil in.


Re: Valvoline [Re: das_peikko] #4633815
01/13/18 04:15 PM
01/13/18 04:15 PM
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Idaho
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Originally Posted By: das_peikko
Originally Posted By: HowAboutThis
Have an '05 Forester and currently no place to change my own oil. Apartment management frowns on using parking lot.


Find a fleet fuel station on the weekend. They're always empty and you can change the oil off to the side on clean concrete. Bring Rhino ramps and something to catch the oil in.

Put some cardboard down so there will not be a mess.


2015 Ford F150 2.7
2018 Ford F350 6.2
Re: Valvoline [Re: HowAboutThis] #4633848
01/13/18 05:02 PM
01/13/18 05:02 PM
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Nebraska
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My forester is a 2010 and going like new with nearly 125K miles on it now with straight conventional 5w30 and changing oil at the 5K interval, though I went a time or to to 8K with no issues. Even dino oil is good for around 7500 mile OCI especially with lots of mostly highway driving. Now days an 8k OCI is no problem even with dino oil. Have seen many vehicles go over the 400K mark with 5k OCIs. Subaru boxer engines are pretty tough and can easily make it to the 400K mark or even longer. The frame and body will probably rust away long before the engine wears out. Valvoline has always made a fine product, but frankly any oil that is the correct weight and has that starburst is fine. I have had several vehicles go well over 300K and were still going strong. They would be going strong at 300K no matter what oil I used as long as the weight was right and the oil can has that starburst. 300K on the odometer is 300k whether using syn or dino oil. BTW I often see people changing oil in HS parking lots or public library lots on the weekends it is public property and as long as you dont make a mess it is not an issue.


2010 Forester:122K
2009 Sonata :189K
2010 Tucson:55K

OCI 5K using the cheapest dino oil I can buy,usually NAPA or TSC Travelers oil.
Re: Valvoline [Re: HowAboutThis] #4634016
01/13/18 08:42 PM
01/13/18 08:42 PM
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South Texas
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Ive never used valvoline before, its mostly Shell and Mobil and Citgo down here.
Im very happy consumption is way down and engine sounds smooth and quiet.
Most likely will try valvoline maxlife again.

Just keep it topped up.
Valvoline is good stuff.


04 Camry 2az-fe 209k
M1 5w30
PremiumGuard filter
Re: Valvoline [Re: das_peikko] #4634056
01/13/18 09:39 PM
01/13/18 09:39 PM
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USA
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Genius! I watch Roadkill on MotorTrends YouTube channel and it's hilarious what they do in parking lots... Like rebuild engines!!! LOL


Originally Posted By: das_peikko
Originally Posted By: HowAboutThis
Have an '05 Forester and currently no place to change my own oil. Apartment management frowns on using parking lot.


Find a fleet fuel station on the weekend. They're always empty and you can change the oil off to the side somewhere on clean concrete. Bring Rhino ramps and something to catch the oil in.


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