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#4702757 - 03/22/18 07:25 AM What Year Did you Start Using Synthetic Motor Oil?
Speak2Mountain Offline


Registered: 04/07/17
Posts: 317
Loc: Mississippi
and what car was it.....

1992 for an
86 Maxima

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#4702767 - 03/22/18 07:36 AM Re: What Year Did you Start Using Synthetic Motor Oil? [Re: Speak2Mountain]
Brybo86 Offline


Registered: 10/08/11
Posts: 2903
Loc: Chicago, IL
Back in 2009,
started with Amsoil
in a 2002 Hyundai Sonata
That ate it's timing belt a year later...
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#4702769 - 03/22/18 07:39 AM Re: What Year Did you Start Using Synthetic Motor Oil? [Re: Speak2Mountain]
Virtus_Probi Offline


Registered: 06/25/15
Posts: 3790
Loc: New England
I had Midas put synth in my 2006 RAV4 on a whim a couple of times around 2010 or so, I think they used Valvoline but I'm not sure. They told me that I could never go back to conventional after that, but even then I smelled a strong whiff of BeeEss on that one. I know that a statement like this opens me up to ridicule, but the RAV4 felt "slippery" to me after the first synth change...it's hard to explain exactly what I mean, but I have seen other people online use the same term for the sensation and it was the term that came to mind when I first started driving the car. It sounds insane and I can't explain it, but I went into it thinking that the oil might just last longer and was shocked to find myself thinking the car had a different feel...I almost wanted to have the stuff drained out at first.

My first DIY change, which was also my first with synth, was in 2014 with M1 5W30 in my '14 FXT.


Edited by Virtus_Probi (03/22/18 07:40 AM)
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#4702771 - 03/22/18 07:41 AM Re: What Year Did you Start Using Synthetic Motor Oil? [Re: Speak2Mountain]
zfasts03 Offline


Registered: 07/21/08
Posts: 237
Loc: Bucks, PA
Around 1994 ish. Castrol Syntec 5w-50 black bottle with the hexagonal cap.

It caused the front main seal to fail in my 1980 Lebaron 318 V8. Stopped using it after 2 or 3 changes. Went back to Castrol GTX 10w-40.
The 5w-50 did quiet the engine and it ran great.

Resumed using synthetic (Mobil 1 10w-30 in my 1997 Ram 1500 5.9 gas) in 1997.


Edited by zfasts03 (03/22/18 07:42 AM)
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#4702779 - 03/22/18 07:55 AM Re: What Year Did you Start Using Synthetic Motor Oil? [Re: Speak2Mountain]
Char Baby Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 9751
Loc: ROCHESTER, NY
About 2004 when I discovered the Product Rebates, Sales & Promotions section. I bought up the shelf from AutoZone's variety of synthetic oils. IIRC, I scarfed up about 30 qts of oils(Mobil 1, Castrol SynTec, Havoline Syn etc.) all SL/GF-3, for $.75-$1 qt.

Then I also grabbed the remaining .50 cent dino oils. This was my first time getting into scoping out discontinued oils when new certification were changing from SL to SM.

Since then, this is how I buy my oils now. Recently, I crabbed the discontinued Quaker State dino & synthetic from Advance Auto Parts(all SN/GF-5). Most for $1 or less/qt. Some 5qt jugs of QSUD too.
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#4702781 - 03/22/18 07:58 AM Re: What Year Did you Start Using Synthetic Motor Oil? [Re: Speak2Mountain]
kschachn Offline


Registered: 12/26/05
Posts: 9110
Loc: Upper Midwest
About 1980, and a 1979 Plymouth Horizon.
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#4702788 - 03/22/18 08:01 AM Re: What Year Did you Start Using Synthetic Motor Oil? [Re: kschachn]
Speak2Mountain Offline


Registered: 04/07/17
Posts: 317
Loc: Mississippi
Impressive..1980.

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#4702792 - 03/22/18 08:05 AM Re: What Year Did you Start Using Synthetic Motor Oil? [Re: Speak2Mountain]
eagle23 Offline


Registered: 01/11/08
Posts: 499
Loc: Roswell GA
1978.

Mobil had already released their Mobil 1, but I just couldn't get there using a 20W-20 (the only weight available then, as I recall).

I found they had a 10w-30 or so called Delvac 1, a synthetic in the Mobil 1 family, and went with that. It was meant for OTR trucks.

I actually gained 1 mpg, consistently, in my old SAAB 99 I was using on the road then. It would turn about 3500 rpm at 70 or so, and I wasn't comfortable with a 20 weight for it.

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#4702798 - 03/22/18 08:11 AM Re: What Year Did you Start Using Synthetic Motor Oil? [Re: eagle23]
kschachn Offline


Registered: 12/26/05
Posts: 9110
Loc: Upper Midwest
Originally Posted By: eagle23
1978. Mobil had already released their Mobil 1, but I just couldn't get there using a 20W-20 (the only weight available then, as I recall).

It was 5W-20 but as Shannow has shown the HTHS was higher than the 5W-20 oils of today.
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#4702800 - 03/22/18 08:11 AM Re: What Year Did you Start Using Synthetic Motor Oil? [Re: Speak2Mountain]
Pelican Offline


Registered: 11/28/12
Posts: 106
Loc: Ajax,Ontario, Canada
1979 after seeing a demo between dyne & synth at a farm show; on Peugeot 505, GMC 2500 and a Massey Ferguson tractor !


Edited by Pelican (03/22/18 08:13 AM)

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#4702801 - 03/22/18 08:11 AM Re: What Year Did you Start Using Synthetic Motor Oil? [Re: eagle23]
Speak2Mountain Offline


Registered: 04/07/17
Posts: 317
Loc: Mississippi
unreal...1978....

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#4702805 - 03/22/18 08:14 AM Re: What Year Did you Start Using Synthetic Motor Oil? [Re: Speak2Mountain]
callbay Offline


Registered: 05/29/05
Posts: 808
Loc: Ozark Mountains
In 1988 I used the exact 5-50 Castrol in your picture in a 1988 new Chevy Astro van with a 4.3 V6.

I used it in every 4 cycle engine I owned for many years.

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#4702815 - 03/22/18 08:19 AM Re: What Year Did you Start Using Synthetic Motor Oil? [Re: Speak2Mountain]
demarpaint Offline


Registered: 07/03/05
Posts: 29389
Loc: NY
Probably around 1976 or 1977. Mobil 1 10W30 IIRC.
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#4702816 - 03/22/18 08:22 AM Re: What Year Did you Start Using Synthetic Motor Oil? [Re: Speak2Mountain]
mightymousetech Offline


Registered: 04/03/17
Posts: 1314
Loc: Ontario, Canada
First oil change on my first car, Mazda 626, which would have been 1987.


Edited by mightymousetech (03/22/18 08:22 AM)
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#4702817 - 03/22/18 08:22 AM Re: What Year Did you Start Using Synthetic Motor Oil? [Re: Speak2Mountain]
LotI Offline


Registered: 01/01/13
Posts: 1227
Loc: America's Dairyland
Mobil 1 in 1990 in my Chevy Celebrity Eurosport with the 2.8l V6. Tranny was slipping at 150k miles but no engine issues. Before that was Castrol GTX in my 72 Duster.

Every car since then.
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