Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: New Hampshire, U.S.A
Car Year: 2011
Car Model: Forester X
Transmission: 5-Gear Manual
You are not going to find a 30 grade "real" synthetic from any of the majors anymore - regardless of the outright lie** on the the bottle label - you'll have to mail order for: Redline, Amsoil ATM, Motul 300v, Lucas Racing 10w-30. You have more choices in the 5w-40 specification-rich (vw 502/505) Euro grade: Shell Helix Ultra, Pentosin, Silkolene, Total/Elf, etc; then possibly down the chain a bit, any "For sale in North America Only" and 5w-40 Euro-spec oil should work: Quaker state, Pennzoil, BP-Castrol, etc. and many can be found on clearance for under 4 bucks a qt. lately.++
++ Caution! When you buy "clearance" nobody really knows whats in the bottle and you dont get a bargain if you have to do a VOA on the fluid. For example, I got "line wash" in a Valvoline bottle at a "clearance" years ago. That ended up being a quicker OCI than orginally intended. New oil in (though it smelled like kerosene), start engine, knock-knock-knock-knock, shut down engine, cuss up a storm, buy more oil, change oil, start engine, purrrrrrrrrRRRR. Complete oci after wasting 1/2 day due to incredible "bargain" oil purchase. What a deal!
** "Fully Synthetic" in the US is permitted to be made from crude oil with a percentage of true synthetic stock sometimes addded. So they are syn blends at best.
'12 Honda FIT Sport 5M; '11 Forester X 5M;
Last edited by AlleyCat; 07-12-2011 at 07:14 AM.
Reason: 7/12/11 @ 10:14A Clarifications