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Old 31-07-2017   #16
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Re: Cheap oil?

I always used Petronus Syntium 3000 AV in mine. It was the correct spec, and probably the same as the recommended Selenia oil as they are the same company. Euro Car Parts used to sell it for around 20 for 4l but I was shocked when I checked just now that it was over 40!

Costco often have offers on Castrol Edge.

I'd be wary of using cheap oil in a TA as the MultiAir unit relies on the oil to work properly. The cam chain will also benefit from good oil. Each to their own choice, though.
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Ah oil paranoia syndrome setting in. If you are using the correct spec oil for your vehicle you'll be fine. A much talked about topic in all car forums. Owners will have their own chosen engine oil which will make them feel safe about their engines health. I'm with the......changing oil & filter regularly. I certainly would not want to change what certain individuals oil habits are, but I would just like to add after forty odd years driving/working on cars I've never came across engine failure due to using what's deemed as inferior oil. Lack of maintenance is by far the biggest culprit here.
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Ok, so I no longer own a Fiat 500 and when I did, both of them, they were only ever serviced by Fiat for the 3 years each we owned them, so I never changed the oil once in either of them,

My Saab 1.9 Tid on the other hand, it's only ever me that changes the oil and filter, every 5000 miles and I do use cheap 5w30 acea C3 supermarket branded fully synthetic. Indeed, only last week, I bought 4 litres of the stuff from Tesco for 12.
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Re: Cheap oil?

Download the spec sheet of the oil you use and see the differences.

I agree with Jrkitcing, Castrol Magnatec is awful, and it had high oil consumption!
I switched to Aral 5w-40 and it hardly uses any, I only needed 6 liters of oil for 30,000 kilometers over 2 years and that includes the oil change itself. So 2.5 lt oil consumption in that time with my hard driving, absolutely nothing!

So instead of worrying about changing your oil all the time, I would better change it once a year and put good stuff in, and if driving a lot/hardly, check the oil and make sure its fully topped up!


Ahmet 'revlimiter' Douas, exceeding 6,000 rpm's in the Fiat 500 1.4 on a daily basis over 140,000 kms!
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