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Old 09-09-2003, 09:25 PM   #1
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I have a couple questions about Oil. When I bought my Bonny from my mom ,my step dad told me to only use valvoline since it has always had this brand in it. He says its bad for a car to switch brands because different brands contain different additives. I was wandering if there is any truth to this??? I have been using Valvoline durablend synthetic blend now and I would like to switch to Mobile 1 at some point or another band. But I will have to use blends for now due to my finances. I also can't stand to have oil older than 2500 miles so I change it often. My other question is what brand would you recomend for me. I am now running a synthetic blend because I can't afford to use full just yet. Is there a better brand blend than valvoline?? When I has my caravan I used mobile 1 full synthetic. I never used synthetic blends before my Bonny so I am not sure if ones better than the other. I want one to protect my engine pretty good.
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Valvoline max life here!!!!!! and a can of restore 6 cyl crap...its blue
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Everything I have heard boils down to the following:

1)Using the same oil everytime is usually best.

2)The brand of oil is usually not that important in daily driving as long as you change the oil every 3k or 3 months.

3) Quaker State is the exception to rule 2 due to excessive parafin (wax) buildup.

4) Synthetic is not good for new motors (< 5K miles) or high milage motors (> 100K) that have not run synthetic their entire life.
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i put max life in all my cars incudeing tranny fluid with one quart of trick shift
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Anyone seen quaker states oil for 4x4s? (engine oil) that cracked me up... 350 in a 4x4 is the 'same' 350 in a 2x4
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Not to get off the topic, but I have heard of this trick shift fluid. What does this do for our trannys? I though about picking some up before when I seen it at autozone, I didn't because I didn't know if it was good for our trannys.
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Well, from some of the posts I've been reading lately, if you switch to Mobil1 (I'm running it) you can safely (no risk) run 6-10k miles between oil changes.

I'm going 6k on this run, and I'll have the oil analyzed when it comes out.
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Yeah, I seen that quacker state 4x4 oil. That doesn't make sense, but I quess thats quacker state for ya. I never used that brand and never will!
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Yeah I think I will switch to Mobile 1 next oil change. Thats all I ran in my last 2 cars. Damn good oil in my opinion. As long as that myth about same brand being best is just a myth as I think it is. I value my Bonneville higher than any car I have ever owned so anything I do to it I want to completely research first. This car is like a member of my family and I only want whats best for her!!!
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I run Mobil 1 in my 95, bought it new and now has 158,000 on it with no major problems or teardowns. I still use it for daily use, runs great. Now, I don't know if the oil choice was a factor in the long life this drivetrain, but it could not have hurt
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