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Who is using a synblend / semi-synthetic oil ? #4655159
02/03/18 06:29 PM
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So who is using a synblend / semi-synthetic oil right now ?

I've just changed to Penrite Vantage 10W40 semi-synthetic, and it's a very nice drop. Penrite claim all their semi-synthetics are a minimum of 20% synthetic (Group III) or more depending on product, and none contain Group I.

Previously I have used Valvoline DuraBlend 10W40 semi-synthetic, back when I asked years ago, it was 30 % synthetic. I've also used Castrol Magnatec 10W30 semi-synthetic, another excellent oil.

All three were rated API SN and Euro ACEA A3/B4 so they carried good specs.

I know the new GTX UltraClean is part synthetic, as are many of the newer "conventional" oils.

For Oz there is a real price saving going from full synthetic to semi-synthetic, but I realise some markets are different, and price the two so closely that it's easy to pay a bit more for a full syn.

To be honest, some of the smoothest oils I have used have been labelled semi-synthetic or synblend. I've never felt under gunned using them.

Anybody else using a semi-synthetic right now, or had good experiences using them before ?


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Re: Who is using a synblend / semi-synthetic oil ? [Re: SR5] #4655172
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Back when pennzoil had their “viscocity” web site, they claimed their semi syn was 50% synthetic. Is it now? It’s been a while since viscocity was up, so I can’t say if they’ve changed it.


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Re: Who is using a synblend / semi-synthetic oil ? [Re: SR5] #4655179
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Most (maybe all, I don't know) 10W-40's are semi synth here. Last place I worked at we had Mobil 10W-40 in our bulk tank (and Delvac MX in the other) and we used it in everything unless it specifically called for a 5W-30. I'm happy to use a semi in anything...


1987 BMW R65 - Aegis SAE30
2005 Nissan Expert - Gulf Western 10W-40
1996 Volvo T5 - Penrite HPR15 - 15W-60. Ryco syntec filter.
Re: Who is using a synblend / semi-synthetic oil ? [Re: double vanos] #4655181
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Originally Posted By: double vanos
Back when pennzoil had their “viscocity” web site, they claimed their semi syn was 50% synthetic. Is it now? It’s been a while since viscocity was up, so I can’t say if they’ve changed it.
Pennzoil still has that website. I use it quite a bit for Walmart. http://www.pennzoil.com/en_us/oil-selector.html#iframe=L3VzL2VuX1VTL2Jyb3dzZQ==


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Re: Who is using a synblend / semi-synthetic oil ? [Re: SR5] #4655185
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I use Schaeffer's 7000 in my '85 GMC and the "base fill" at my shop is VML.


To quote a friend, "Synthetics, man."

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Re: Who is using a synblend / semi-synthetic oil ? [Re: SR5] #4655205
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I am running PetroCan Duron 10w30 semi in my Ram 3500.


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2017 Ram 3500 SLT Megacab. Duron SHP 10w30 with Hastings LF608.
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Re: Who is using a synblend / semi-synthetic oil ? [Re: SR5] #4655212
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Well my Valvoline white bottle is now a synthetic blend per TDS from Valvoline. Which it probably has been for quite sometime after ILSAC GF-5 started. That having been said, it runs very well in my Altima 3.5 VQ. It's actually quieter than the Valvoline Modern Engine I had in there.


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Re: Who is using a synblend / semi-synthetic oil ? [Re: SR5] #4655221
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I use Motorcraft 5W30 now and again. It’s pretty good stuff. The Pennzoil Gold looks to be a good oil, I have never used it.


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Re: Who is using a synblend / semi-synthetic oil ? [Re: SR5] #4655222
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I still got a couple of Magnatec 5w-30 that is their semi-synthetic blend. Once those are gone though it will be full synthetic (well, at least group III).


2015 F150 XLT SCrew 2.7 Eco-Boost
5w-30 Motorcraft Semi-Syn, FL2062

2016 Ford Escape SE Eco-Boost 2.0L
5w-30 Edge EP, Fram XG3614




Re: Who is using a synblend / semi-synthetic oil ? [Re: SR5] #4655247
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In the past I've used plenty of Conoco Phillips (now Phillips 66) synthetic blend oils branded 76, Conoco, Kendall and Motorcraft in a 5w-20 and 5w-30 formula. Good stuff! I only stopped using it when it became more difficult to find and buy.


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Re: Who is using a synblend / semi-synthetic oil ? [Re: SR5] #4655248
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As said, many "conventional" oils today are technically a blend.

As far as labeled as a blend, yes, I have been using some GTX Syn-blend because I got it cheap.
I also have some Magnatec that is syn-blend that I will use at some point.

I used Motorcraft syn-blend in the past because it was a good oil for a cheap price. Not as cheap as it used to be.

I used Valvoline Durablend for a bit as well.


2012 xB: QSUD 0w-20/CQ Blue/5k
2010 Santa Fe: PP 0w-20/P1/8k
2007 Vue: VSP 5w-30/EcoGard/OLM
2004 F150: GTX HM 5w-20/TG2/4k
2002 F150: GTX HM 5w-20/EcoGard/1yr
1994 VT1100c: Peak 15w-40/PSL/5k



Re: Who is using a synblend / semi-synthetic oil ? [Re: double vanos] #4655277
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Originally Posted By: double vanos
Back when pennzoil had their “viscocity” web site, they claimed their semi syn was 50% synthetic. Is it now? It’s been a while since viscocity was up, so I can’t say if they’ve changed it.
Define synthetic . That is the issue.


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Re: Who is using a synblend / semi-synthetic oil ? [Re: SR5] #4655306
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I've always wondered about synthetic blend oils. Are they group I/II oils with a dash of group III thrown in,or are they group III oils with a dash of group IV or V thrown in?


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Quaker State Ultimate Durability 10W30
2012 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L 2.4,auto,San Marino Red
Pennzoil Platinum 5W20

Re: Who is using a synblend / semi-synthetic oil ? [Re: SR5] #4655312
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I'm using a couple now. I'm using Magnatec dexos 5w30 blend in mine and my girlfriend's cars and QS High mileage synblend in my Jeep. I like blends when they're cheap enough to make sense.

Re: Who is using a synblend / semi-synthetic oil ? [Re: SR5] #4655314
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Kendall and 76 from Conoco Phillips.

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