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Pennzoil Platinum Euro 5w-40 specs confusing #5370571 03/08/20 10:18 AM
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I was looking at 5w-40 oils the other day. I ran into the Pennzoil Platinum Euro 5w-40. I was surprised and a little excited to find that it had an API SN+ ratin, to my knowledge there is no SN+ rated 5w-40 oils.

When I got home, I looked on the Pennzoil website, and it and found a disclaimer that the SN+ rating does not apply to the Euro formula:

https://www.pennzoil.com/en_ca/products/full-synthetic-motor-oils/pennzoil-platinum-euro.html

What gives? Which one is it?

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Re: Pennzoil Platinum Euro 5w-40 specs confusing [Re: STIcandy] #5370582 03/08/20 10:35 AM
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AFAIK, the API SN Plus spec does not cover 5W-40 grade. Not sure why Pennzoil is listing it on the 5W-40 Euro bottle. They even list on their website the grades that meet it, and 5W-40 isn't one of them:
https://www.pennzoil.com/en_us/education/know-your-oil/what-you-need-to-know-about-api-sn-plus.html

Anyway, there are many other reasons to buy this particular oil. API approval isn't one of them, IMO.


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Re: Pennzoil Platinum Euro 5w-40 specs confusing [Re: STIcandy] #5370603 03/08/20 11:16 AM
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Somebody made an oopsie.


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Re: Pennzoil Platinum Euro 5w-40 specs confusing [Re: STIcandy] #5370635 03/08/20 11:51 AM
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Labeling mistakes happen.


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Re: Pennzoil Platinum Euro 5w-40 specs confusing [Re: STIcandy] #5370656 03/08/20 12:35 PM
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What you have there is the Canadian jug. Shell CANADA bottles makes and bottles Pennzoil products in Canada. It appears the error is in the French language section.

I have a Canadian Jug from a year ago and it does not have any mention of SN plus.


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Re: Pennzoil Platinum Euro 5w-40 specs confusing [Re: Snagglefoot] #5370662 03/08/20 12:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Snagglefoot
It appears the error is in the French language section.

Both English and French language sections mention SN PLUS.

It's also in the donut symbol on the right.


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Re: Pennzoil Platinum Euro 5w-40 specs confusing [Re: STIcandy] #5370695 03/08/20 02:07 PM
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API SN+ is not approval. What I think Pennzoil is doing here is letting customers know that it is OK to use this oil where SN+is required.
However, API SN+ is so unremarkable specification that it is meaningless to pay attention to it.


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Re: Pennzoil Platinum Euro 5w-40 specs confusing [Re: STIcandy] #5370728 03/08/20 03:01 PM
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This is a great oil! I wish I could get it here without ordering it through WalMart. I'd use it without hesitation!

Re: Pennzoil Platinum Euro 5w-40 specs confusing [Re: STIcandy] #5370733 03/08/20 03:08 PM
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The dealer used Pennzoil 5W40 for the free oil changes under VW's free maintenance when I owned a 2013 GTI. It seemed 5W40 robbed a few horsepower vs 5W30. I didn't like it.


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Re: Pennzoil Platinum Euro 5w-40 specs confusing [Re: STIcandy] #5370756 03/08/20 03:29 PM
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Strangely, the 0-40 version is SN+.


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Re: Pennzoil Platinum Euro 5w-40 specs confusing [Re: Quattro Pete] #5370805 03/08/20 04:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Quattro Pete
Originally Posted by Snagglefoot
It appears the error is in the French language section.

Both English and French language sections mention SN PLUS.

It's also in the donut symbol on the right.


You are right Quattro, My vision flowed directly down directly from the English SN to the French SN Plus. Tabarnac! blush

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Re: Pennzoil Platinum Euro 5w-40 specs confusing [Re: STIcandy] #5370812 03/08/20 05:02 PM
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Here’s my jug I bought at a Canadian Tire about a year ago.

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Re: Pennzoil Platinum Euro 5w-40 specs confusing [Re: STIcandy] #5371039 03/08/20 08:46 PM
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I've looked at this oil at three different locations now. I have a hard time believing it's a labelling error. I'm wondering if the new formulation is indeed SN+ but the information on the website has not been updated. Last update is 2015 on the website.

Re: Pennzoil Platinum Euro 5w-40 specs confusing [Re: skyactiv] #5371117 03/08/20 09:57 PM
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Originally Posted by skyactiv
The dealer used Pennzoil 5W40 for the free oil changes under VW's free maintenance when I owned a 2013 GTI. It seemed 5W40 robbed a few horsepower vs 5W30. I didn't like it.

Yes, bcs HTHS is higher, it will take turbo to spool longer. Plus if you used older ones, they had pretty high HTHS. I think at one point they were at 3.88.


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Re: Pennzoil Platinum Euro 5w-40 specs confusing [Re: edyvw] #5371137 03/08/20 10:29 PM
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Originally Posted by edyvw
API SN+ is not approval. What I think Pennzoil is doing here is letting customers know that it is OK to use this oil where SN+is required.
However, API SN+ is so unremarkable specification that it is meaningless to pay attention to it.



That is true in my opinion edyvw... The API SN plus is really nothing compared to MB 229.5 etc etc...

Even ACEA A5 B5 is a good bit tougher a spec to hit vs a basic API SN+.


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