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I'm sure there are many choices, but I saw that Pennzoil full synthetic motor oil is on sale for $3.99 a quart at Menards. I think I will get me some..http://www.menards.com/main/tools-ha...038-c-9112.htm
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I would never use penzoil. that stuff was known to leave a waxy buildup on engine parts.:eek :

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I would never use penzoil. that stuff was known to leave a waxy buildup on engine parts.:eek :
I think that was true many years ago, however this is a synthetic oil made from natural gas. Pretty cool stuff!
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there is or was a mobil oil ad for this thread. they are watching us again.:eek :

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Amsoil in my stuff.

For cheaper stuff, the Motorcraft Synthetic Blend is excellent, about $18 for a 5 qt jug at Walmart. Made by ConocoPhillips.
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Never had love for Amsoil after hearing how the original formula was stolen from it's creator Al Fagan of ALL Proof Oils back in the 70's. Amsoil is overrated in my opinion.
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Never had love for Amsoil after hearing how the original formula was stolen from it's creator Al Fagan of ALL Proof Oils back in the 70's. Amsoil is overrated in my opinion.
Never heard that before. Between BP's oil-spill cover up and Shell's (Pennzoil, Quaker State) corrupt practices in Nigeria, sadly there aren't many saints in this industry. But unless Amsoil hires local police to enact their own brand of martial law as Shell does, I'll sleep alright at night using Amsoil.
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Never heard that before. Between BP's oil-spill cover up and Shell's (Pennzoil, Quaker State) corrupt practices in Nigeria, sadly there aren't many saints in this industry. But unless Amsoil hires local police to enact their own brand of martial law as Shell does, I'll sleep alright at night using Amsoil.
I have been using Amsoil since the 1980's. I have over 340,000 miles on my car and it still runs great. Amsoil works good. My Polaris XLT snowmobile engine had a broken crank bearing in it 4 years ago. At the time it had 7200 miles on it. The Mechanic said that they would most likely need to totally rebuild the engine since it had that many miles on it.

I got a call 2 days later and the mechanic said we didn't believe it at first so we ran the calipers up and down the cylinders twice and the bores were still with in specifications. He said you could even see the original cross hatch from the factory hone on the cylinder walls. New rings and a light ball hone and a savings of over $350 dollars for new pistons and an overbore thanks to Amsoil.
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I have been using Amsoil since the 1980's. I have over 340,000 miles on my car and it still runs great. Amsoil works good. My Polaris XLT snowmobile engine had a broken crank bearing in it 4 years ago. At the time it had 7200 miles on it. The Mechanic said that they would most likely need to totally rebuild the engine since it had that many miles on it.

I got a call 2 days later and the mechanic said we didn't believe it at first so we ran the calipers up and down the cylinders twice and the bores were still with in specifications. He said you could even see the original cross hatch from the factory hone on the cylinder walls. New rings and a light ball hone and a savings of over $350 dollars for new pistons and an overbore thanks to Amsoil.
In it's day, amsoil was probably the best, now there are many other synthetics just as good, cheaper, and much easier to find. The quality of metals used in newer engines, trans, diffys, etc, has a lot to do with their durability. Manufacturing processes and tolerances are also important. Amsoil won't help a new mtd piece of junk last any longer and a honda or yamaha will last just as long with or without amsoil. Those that like amsoil, good for you. Those on the fence, save a little money and time, there are many good options.
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In it's day, amsoil was probably the best, now there are many other sunthetics just as good, cheaper, and much easier to find. The quality of metals used in newer engines, trans, diffys, etc, has a lot to do with their durability. Manufacturing processes and tolerances are also important. Amsoil won't help a new mtd piece of junk last any longer and a honda or yamaha will last just as long with or without amsoil. Those that like amsoil, good for you. Those on the fence, save a little money and time, there are many good options.
Or you can look into independent testing and find that Amsoil is consistently in the top three of nearly every oil test, while others are at the top in one regard, and at the bottom in another.
I did a bunch of digging into this about 6 months ago, long story short, I'll only run Amsoil, it's not expensive given the change intervals. It was a no brainer once I dug into the facts.

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