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Do you think the brand of motor oil really matters?

Every time I buy motor oil I've gotten the cheapest or store brand 10W-30 for my car and it makes me wonder if I'm missing out by not getting the special more expensive brands.This has probably been asked before but I'd like to know what you guys think. My dad used to get the cheapest all the time so I've followed suit ever since.

Most recently I bought a 5 quart bottle of AutoZone 10W-30 with a regular Fram oil filter for my 2000 Nissan Maxima. Before that I had some O'Reilly's 10W-30 since it was close to me on the way to work. I'd like to know whether or not I'm fucking up my car using cheaper oil. My thinking is that there's really no difference just like as in getting Shell, Texaco versus any other type of gasoline.
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they had a test with difference oils and basically, some of the name brands performed like crap...some cheap ones did pretty well and the super expensive ones were awesome...

the test was to look for any scarring on the pistons under high stress
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they had a test with difference oils and basically, some of the name brands performed like crap...some cheap ones did pretty well and the super expensive ones were awesome...

the test was to look for any scarring on the pistons under high stress

That's interesting. Do you have a link to this information? It would be interesting to read up on.
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That's interesting. Do you have a link to this information? It would be interesting to read up on.

unfortunately I don't. It was a PDF my friend sent me... PM kstokes

he might still have the oil thing
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That's interesting. Do you have a link to this information? It would be interesting to read up on.

I have this pdf, as it was posted on s2ki not too long ago.

The brand does matter, but the price doesn't really matter that much. I was just relieved that my oil performed very well.
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it amuses me how many different "brands" of oil are made by castrol. fords own brand oil for example, and quite a few others i can't remember off the top of my head (i make and label the bottles, then send them all to castrol to get filled)
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it amuses me how many different "brands" of oil are made by castrol. fords own brand oil for example, and quite a few others i can't remember off the top of my head (i make and label the bottles, then send them all to castrol to get filled)

Care to elaborate?
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The autozone oil is Coastal; which isn't bad. Avoid the "Valuecraft" oil, and really really cheap oil.
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personally, I don't think it matters not NEAR as much as how regular you change your oil. IMHO, using low end oil & regualar changes is better than the most expensive, and less frequent changes. I think the key is just finding an average priced oil that is good.

Personally I also think filter choice would be next in line to regular changes. Using Fram filters, is just asking for problems. I would rather use the cheapest oil out there + good filter, than a Fram + best oil. Fram blows ass.

this is all personal opinion though

regular changes > filter > oil

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for me, I have had Fords, so I always use Motorcraft filters (occasionally used to use WIX). Currently using Motorcraft recommended fill oil. In the past I used Valvoline on other cars I had. As for the GM my mother had, I always used TropArtic oil (my grandpa used it for MANY MANY years and swore by it, so I continued, again NO issues for me with 100k miles put on the car, from 38k at purchase) and AC Delco filters. That car is now at 180k miles and just won't even start to die, and I beat the hell out of it for like 5 years.
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I have this pdf, as it was posted on s2ki not too long ago.

The brand does matter, but the price doesn't really matter that much. I was just relieved that my oil performed very well.


Is there a way you could PM that to me? I'm not sure if PM's allow attachments.


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personally, I don't think it matters not NEAR as much as how regular you change your oil. IMHO, using low end oil & regualar changes is better than the most expensive, and less frequent changes. I think the key is just finding an average priced oil that is good.

Personally I also think filter choice would be next in line to regular changes. Using Fram filters, is just asking for problems. I would rather use the cheapest oil out there + good filter, than a Fram + best oil. Fram blows ass.

this is all personal opinion though

regular changes > filter > oil

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for me, I have had Fords, so I always use Motorcraft filters (occasionally used to use WIX). Currently using Motorcraft recommended fill oil. In the past I used Valvoline on other cars I had. As for the GM my mother had, I always used TropArtic oil (my grandpa used it for MANY MANY years and swore by it, so I continued, again NO issues for me with 100k miles put on the car, from 38k at purchase) and AC Delco filters. That car is now at 180k miles and just won't even start to die, and I beat the hell out of it for like 5 years.


I've never done research on filters but I never knew Fram's were shitty filters. I kinda liked them beacause they have the "sure-grip" but I know that as nothing to do with the quality of the filtration. I also change my oil every 3000 miles and it come out looking pretty dirty so that's probably normal unless the Fram is doing a shitty job. So is Valvoline the best brand for filters?
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I know someone who runs only royal purple that shits expensive

but, but, it gives you an extra 2 hp!!!!
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