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Old 01-11-2012, 12:28 AM   #1
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Mobile 1 vs. Valvoline synthetic oil?

So, I just bought a used 2006 Element with 52k miles on it. The guy I bought it from has been putting Mobile 1 oil in it the whole time past the "break in" period. I am just wondering if there is much difference between Mobile 1 and Valvoline's full synthetic oil? In my town, there isn't a quick place to get an oil change with Mobile 1, but there is a Valvoline quick lube. Should I stick with the Mobile 1 and just deal with the "non-quick" lube?
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Old 01-11-2012, 06:38 AM   #2
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There is no difference between the two when used on a street car. As long as you change your oil when it's time it will be fine.
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Old 03-16-2012, 06:41 PM   #3
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My mechanic, who just works on Hondas, uses Valvoline SynPower. Is it like splitting hairs? I have found that people have deep opinions on both.
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For what it's worth I use either, whichever one is on sale.
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Old 03-17-2012, 06:06 PM   #5
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My mechanic, who just works on Hondas, uses Valvoline SynPower. Is it like splitting hairs? I have found that people have deep opinions on both.
Visit 10 different forums and you will get 10 different answers.

Personally i used Mobile 1...But that what i sell. Before that if i had Amsoil on the shelf that what i would use.
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the important thing is to change the oil at reasonable intervals. heard the story the other day about an RDX that got its first oil change on schedule but didn't see the next 'til about 42K miles. by that time the turbo was toast, almost literally.
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Old 03-18-2012, 01:21 AM   #7
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I think it's like splitting hairs. I used to deliver pizzas for a living back in the '90's, and I never changed my oil on my 1986 Nissan Pickup truck. That engine was a tank. I was stupid too. Anyway, I am thinking that it doesn't matter too much on what oil you use as much as how often you change it.
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