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Old 06-05-2009, 08:48 AM   #1
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What oil is best for Vig

The SAAB dealers use only Mobil 1 full synthetic oil and say that any other oil will not cool the turbo and cause it to overheat. Is full synthetic oil best cause i have heard from a few friends in the Subaru club that they use semi synthetic oil as it does not get very cold or very hot here( 0 degrees clsius min, and 32 degrees celsius max). It is service time again and would love to save a bit of cash on the ridiculous price of the Mobil1 if possible.
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Old 06-05-2009, 09:03 AM   #2
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well, since you've been running synthetic for so long, going back to dyno or semi synthetic could potentially cause all of your seals to fail, causing your motor to piss oil everywhere. some people say this will happen, some people say it wont. i have never experienced it, and have no intention to try it.

personally i run royal purple 10w40, and dont mind spending the extra $25 an oil change on good synthetic oil
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I use 5w40 AMSOIL European formula, I have heard nothing but good about it and it's designed for turbo cars. Fully synthetic but it's also fairly pricey.

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i use the castrol syntec
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personally i run royal purple 10w40, and dont mind spending the extra $25 an oil change on good synthetic oil
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Old 06-05-2009, 09:10 AM   #6
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Another over hashed question.

The short of it is that everyone has a preference on brand. If you have been running synthetic almost all sources recommend you continue to do so. Pick a reputable full synthetic brand and run 5w40 and you should be right as rain.
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I've been on Mobil 1 full synthetic 0w-40 for about 55k miles and have had no problems with the car.

Fair amount of track use as well.
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I've been on Mobil 1 full synthetic 0w-40 for about 55k miles and have had no problems with the car.

Fair amount of track use as well.
Another legit option.

I just run 5w40 all year round myself as it covers the spectrum quite well here in MN.

If you wanna stick to the letter of the oil nerd law for our cars 0w40 in winter and 10w40 in summer.

Or you can split the difference
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Old 06-05-2009, 09:52 AM   #10
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I like Shell Rotella 5w 40, I actually noticed a difference in smoothness in my engine operation.
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Old 06-05-2009, 10:42 AM   #11
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Aside from the oil needing to be a certain weight, as discussed above, it is important to let the car run at idle for 30sec or more, before turning the motor off. This allows the oil to continue circulating a little bit more through the turbo, cooling it, instead of turning the motor off immediately cooking the slug of oil in the turbo, advancing the oil breakdown process. IMO.
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I do not like supporting wallyworld but you can get a 5qt jug of mobil1 for $20-25, that's what I use in my viggen & spg.

I use royal purple in my harley since that's what the dealership sells.... otherwise I would use mobil1 or another one of the many synthetic fluids.
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Aside from the oil needing to be a certain weight, as discussed above, it is important to let the car run at idle for 30sec or more, before turning the motor off. This allows the oil to continue circulating a little bit more through the turbo, cooling it, instead of turning the motor off immediately cooking the slug of oil in the turbo, advancing the oil breakdown process. IMO.
this right here will make more of a difference in terms of turbo life than almost anything. The water cooling helps alleviate this problem, but can not solve it. If you don't feel like sitting there for 30sec before shutdown, just stay out of boost for the last mile or so of your journey, or just drive gingerly through your neighborhood until you arrive at home. Then let it idle as you undo your seatbelt, turn off the radio, gather belongings, roll up windows, etc. shut it down. It will make your turbo=
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I second 5w40 AMSOIL European formula. While it cost more, you can change less frequestly. I used to change Moble 1 every 2500 miles, however now with Amsoil I go 5000 miles. My Amsoil rep swears it can go 20K w/ no break down (and has data to prove it), but I like piece of mind....10K would be realistic IMO though, but 5K makes me feel good
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I do not like supporting wallyworld but you can get a 5qt jug of mobil1 for $20-25, that's what I use in my viggen & spg.

I use royal purple in my harley since that's what the dealership sells.... otherwise I would use mobil1 or another one of the many synthetic fluids.
Yep. I get Mobil 1 at Wallyworld. Every once and a while Royal Purple goes on sale. Then I pick up enough for 2 changes.
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I second 5w40 AMSOIL European formula. While it cost more, you can change less frequestly. I used to change Moble 1 every 2500 miles, however now with Amsoil I go 5000 miles. My Amsoil rep swears it can go 20K w/ no break down (and has data to prove it), but I like piece of mind....10K would be realistic IMO though, but 5K makes me feel good
yea... that's the problem, the synthetic oil breaking down isn't the problem. It's the oil picking up all the contaminants that does the oil in. Getting 20K miles out of oil is definantly do-able, it's just you should use amsoils extra filter to keep the contaminants out of the oil & I beleive they change that oil filter every 5 or 10K miles.

I go 3-4K between oil changes... no matter what synthetic oil I put in there I will not go longer then 4K.
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yea... that's the problem, the synthetic oil breaking down isn't the problem. It's the oil picking up all the contaminants that does the oil in. Getting 20K miles out of oil is definantly do-able, it's just you should use amsoils extra filter to keep the contaminants out of the oil & I beleive they change that oil filter every 5 or 10K miles.

I go 3-4K between oil changes... no matter what synthetic oil I put in there I will not go longer then 4K.
I'll never understand why folks will spend thousands on a vehicle and try to save 20 bucks by extending oil changes.
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Old 06-07-2009, 12:05 AM   #18
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Old 06-19-2009, 06:19 AM   #19
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I run Pentosin synthetic 5w40 in the Viggen.

I run Mobil1 (5qt jugs from W-M for $28 or so) in everything else I own.
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I'll never understand why folks will spend thousands on a vehicle and try to save 20 bucks by extending oil changes.
Agreed.

Tires and regular fluid changes w/ quality replacements are key to optimum performance. So, many people pass on this sort of minimum care and move straight into their favorite after market item instead.
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