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#184150 - 04/02/06 09:10 AM Valvoline VS Castrol
k2xj Offline


Registered: 03/20/05
Posts: 42
Loc: British Columbia
I think that both are pretty good oils. All things being equal (price), which would you pick and why??

Thxs

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#184151 - 04/02/06 09:30 AM Re: Valvoline VS Castrol
G-MAN Offline


Registered: 11/15/02
Posts: 8936
Loc: SC
Castrol. Based on the VOAs posted of GF3 oils, Valvoline has consitently shown that they blend their oils with the minimal add pack necessary to meet API specs. And Valvoline UOAs that I've seen haven't been all that impressive. Castrol, on the other hand, consistenly shows good UOAs.

GF4 has leveled the playing field somewhat, but Valvoline would still be my last choice among name brand motor oils.

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#184152 - 04/02/06 12:52 AM Re: Valvoline VS Castrol
Camu Mahubah Offline


Registered: 02/04/05
Posts: 3048
Loc: the Sandhills of Nebraska
I have used Valvoline all my life and I have been very satisfied with the performance of my engines.

However all things are never equal, especially price.

I wouldn't let anybody tell me what to use so why are you?

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#184153 - 04/02/06 03:45 AM Re: Valvoline VS Castrol
GROUCHO MARX Offline


Registered: 07/24/02
Posts: 11410
Loc: The Sandhills of NewYorkistan
I have gotten a lot of free oil from Valvoline. I will continue to use free oil from Valvoline.

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#184154 - 04/02/06 04:15 AM Re: Valvoline VS Castrol
77GrandPrix Offline


Registered: 01/29/06
Posts: 234
Loc: Mid-Tenn
Both are very good oils,I prefer Valvoline. Don't listen to the guys that say "Valvoline has a weak add pack", they have no idea what is in the add pack. If you look at VOA's of Valvoline and Castrol you will find that they are very similar. The Valvoline UOA's that you will find on this site are as good as any others and better than some.

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#184155 - 04/02/06 04:35 AM Re: Valvoline VS Castrol
92saturnsl2 Offline


Registered: 03/02/04
Posts: 1060
Loc: Colorado Springs, CO
We use valvoline in our fleet vehicles (several 6.8L Ford V10's, GM 350 V8's, etc)..

All get the oil changed around 3-10k intervals using 10w30 or 10w40 Valvoline all-climate depending on season... All have been thoroughly abused, and none of them have had any oil related problems.. We've even got a 90 GMC 2500 5.7L delivery truck (this truck sees HEAVY loads on a regular basis) with over 170k having used valvoline it's whole life that is still running strong.

I'd personally choose whichever is cheapest.

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#184156 - 04/02/06 05:20 AM Re: Valvoline VS Castrol
meeze Offline


Registered: 06/04/05
Posts: 90
Loc: Fairhpe, AL
Valvoline, its American.

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#184157 - 04/02/06 05:22 AM Re: Valvoline VS Castrol
G-MAN Offline


Registered: 11/15/02
Posts: 8936
Loc: SC
quote:
Originally posted by meeze:
Valvoline, its American.

Yeah, that's a legitimate reason to pick it over Castrol. [Roll Eyes]

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#184158 - 04/02/06 06:14 AM Re: Valvoline VS Castrol
speedtc Offline


Registered: 12/09/05
Posts: 585
Loc: Tinley park il
There is absolutely nothing wrong with valvoline all climate. It's just the "in" thing to rip on all climate.

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#184159 - 04/02/06 09:56 AM Re: Valvoline VS Castrol
meeze Offline


Registered: 06/04/05
Posts: 90
Loc: Fairhpe, AL
Hey G-Man what is wromg with picking a product based on the fact that it made it is from the good ol USA? Valvoline performs just as well as Castrol.

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#184160 - 04/02/06 09:58 AM Re: Valvoline VS Castrol
meeze Offline


Registered: 06/04/05
Posts: 90
Loc: Fairhpe, AL
Sorry about the last sentence I am sleepy.

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#184161 - 04/02/06 10:12 AM Re: Valvoline VS Castrol
G-MAN Offline


Registered: 11/15/02
Posts: 8936
Loc: SC
quote:
Originally posted by meeze:
Hey G-Man what is wromg with picking a product based on the fact that it made it is from the good ol USA? Valvoline performs just as well as Castrol.

Because I think that's a stupid reason to pick a motor oil. I've been reading UOAs on here since 2002 and IMO Castrol outperforms Valvoline based on those UOAs. How well an oil performs is my criteria for whether or not to use it, not where it's made.

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#184162 - 04/02/06 05:55 PM Re: Valvoline VS Castrol
Cutehumor Offline


Registered: 12/10/02
Posts: 9364
Loc: USA
quote:
Originally posted by GROUCHO MARX:
I have gotten a lot of free oil from Valvoline. I will continue to use free oil from Valvoline.

I'm with you! My engine won't blow up with free valvoline.

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#184163 - 04/02/06 07:15 PM Re: Valvoline VS Castrol
hominid7 Offline


Registered: 08/10/05
Posts: 1530
Loc: North Texas
My VW Jetta seemed to love Valvoline AC 20w50. When i sold it @ 225,000 miles it was running great and never burned a drop of oil in its life.

The guy up in NJ that owns that Volvo with something like 2 million miles on it swears by Volvo recomended Catrol.

I bet your car will be just fine whichever you choose;) I also bet your car would be just fine on Exxon Superflo at a fraction of the cost of the others.

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#184164 - 04/03/06 09:04 AM Re: Valvoline VS Castrol
meeze Offline


Registered: 06/04/05
Posts: 90
Loc: Fairhpe, AL
The difference between the two oils mentioned is at best minimal. If the engine blows up it prob has something to do with the engine manufacturer and not the oil.

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