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Old 04-11-2011, 12:53 PM   #1
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Default Is Oreilly Synthetic Oil Any Good?

Anyone use this store brand oil? Any thoughts?

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Old 04-11-2011, 01:07 PM   #2
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Default Re: Is Oreilly Synthetic Oil Any Good?

If it is not Saturn-specific, perhaps you might get a better respone here: http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/

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Old 04-11-2011, 01:24 PM   #3
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If it is not Saturn-specific, perhaps you might get a better respone here: http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/
OK, how about...Anyone use this store brand oil in their Saturn? Any thoughts?...LOL!!!!!

Thanks for the oil link. There's a ton of info there.

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Old 04-11-2011, 01:29 PM   #4
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Default Re: Is Oreilly Synthetic Oil Any Good?

No experience, but why Oreilly? Is it cheaper? As long as it meets current requriements (SM?) should be fine.

Around here, Mobil 1 runs about $4.60 a quart in the 5-quart jug, Pennzoil Platinum runs about $4.40

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Old 04-11-2011, 01:36 PM   #5
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Default Re: Is Oreilly Synthetic Oil Any Good?

*Latest API rating is now SN.

This may not mean anything, but I have worked at O'reiley before and they did a good job not stocking "snake oil" on their shelves (as opposed to some other auto parts stores).

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Old 04-11-2011, 02:43 PM   #6
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No experience, but why Oreilly? Is it cheaper? As long as it meets current requriements (SM?) should be fine.

Around here, Mobil 1 runs about $4.60 a quart in the 5-quart jug, Pennzoil Platinum runs about $4.40
Yes, they are less expensive compared to name brands.

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Old 04-11-2011, 05:34 PM   #7
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Default Re: Is Oreilly Synthetic Oil Any Good?

PEP Boys also used to have a house brand of synthetic. They don't make the oil, they are buying it from some major maker and just selling it cheaper as their brand. manufacturers use this trick to increase sales volume without crashing the price on their name brand product. It's probably fine but it's also probably not true synthetic (made from a synthetic base) since it's legal to sell dino oil which has had extra refining steps as synthetic oil..... but that's another problem.

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Old 04-11-2011, 05:36 PM   #8
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*Latest API rating is now SN.
True, but if my memory serves the new SN is only applicable in recent engines like made in the last five years. You don't want to put it in older vehicles.

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Old 04-11-2011, 05:52 PM   #9
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Default Re: Is Oreilly Synthetic Oil Any Good?

SL oil are even better than SM.... when saturn first came out just before SM came about....

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Old 04-11-2011, 05:54 PM   #10
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Default Re: Is Oreilly Synthetic Oil Any Good?

Lol my '96 I think says SG in the owner's handbook.

You must be think of how SM and SN rated motor oils contain much lower levels of ZDDP.

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Old 04-11-2011, 05:55 PM   #11
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SL oil are even better than SM.... when saturn first came out just before SM came about....
Better in terms of anti-scuff?

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Default Re: Is Oreilly Synthetic Oil Any Good?

If you go over to Bob Is The Oil Guy and do a search on Syn-tech or any other house brand and spend some time reading you will find that the product is bottled/packaged by regional contract suppliers and the quality by analysis is all over the block. Some is great and others are crap. And to add to the grief there is no consistency lot to lot. The research will take you several hours of reading so block off some time. This happens to be the case with all house brands, fine today and crap tomorrow. On the other side of the question it will not ruin your engine, just may not be the highest quality additive package available.

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SM was the first classification with reduced ZDDP. The attached is an explanation of all of the latest motor oil specifications and what they are supposed to mean to the consumer.
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Old 04-11-2011, 06:59 PM   #14
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Default Re: Is Oreilly Synthetic Oil Any Good?

I use this store brand oil in my Saturn all the time, there hasn't ever been a real problem with it. And it is cheaper than some oils out there. It's definitely better than that penzoil crap...

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I was reading up on motor oil some months ago just to come up to speed with respect to Synthetic versus Traditional oil.

What I took away was that Synthetic oil has absolutely zero benefits over traditional oil for those living in the warmer climates. That is, it is a waste of money if you live in the southern (warmer)states.

If you do live in areas with continually freezing conditions there are advantages to using synthetic oil. Do a Google search and you will eventually overturn the same rocks I did.

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There are other benefits including lower engine wear due to increased film strength. Lower startup wear due the ability to leave an oil film on cylinder walls and bearings for a considerably longer time. Lower resistance to flow in oil galleries. Longer usable life. Much higher Viscosity Index. For given operating conditions, a lower oil temperature and higher bearing flow rate when compared to an identical viscosity Gp-2 and/or Gp-3 based oil.

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I was reading up on motor oil some months ago just to come up to speed with respect to Synthetic versus Traditional oil.

What I took away was that Synthetic oil has absolutely zero benefits over traditional oil for those living in the warmer climates. That is, it is a waste of money if you live in the southern (warmer)states.

If you do live in areas with continually freezing conditions there are advantages to using synthetic oil. Do a Google search and you will eventually overturn the same rocks I did.
That's interesting. I'm in the Sacramento, CA area which has a warmer climate. At least during the summer.

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