are expensive oils worth their money

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 25, 2008 at 12:30
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Talking to one of our senior members of our club about servicing of vehicles.He has a 1995 diesel GQ patrol with turbo has done 580,000k's kept in immaculate cond. he only uses it to tow his 1 tonne van a round and when he goes bush ie. gunbarrel,canning, simpson and a lot more. so its had a hard life. Inside of motor has never been touched except tappet adjustment,injectors etc. turbo has never been touched.
He does his own servicing, changes oil and filters every 7500k's not the recommended 5000k's he uses vavoline lxd premium.In adelaide at the moment can be bought for under $12 for five litres he uses a repco trade line filter which when bought in packs of ten can get for about $5 each. when asked why he uses such cheap stuff says thats all he can afford and it works for him. Can't argue with that.So for $35 and a bit of grease it's a cheap service.I have the same vechicle but I use about $80 worth of oil and pay between$15 and $20 for filters and is serviced at 5000k's.
I am not suggesting anyone should do this but it has to make you think. I have no interest in vavoline or repco bla bla . Just thought
some one might be interested .
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Reply By: DIO - Tuesday, Mar 25, 2008 at 13:13

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2008 at 13:13
I would imagine that the frequency of oil changes along with new a filter is part of the secret to obtaining long and reliable engine life. Well that happens to be my philophosy too. Don't necessarily agree that more expensive is better for your vehicle's servicing etc.
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Reply By: Member -Signman - Tuesday, Mar 25, 2008 at 13:31

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2008 at 13:31
I try to change oil & filter at 5000k intervals- but I don't get too 'anal' if the interval goes to 6000 or a bit more.
10l Valvoline with Valvoline filter/ sump plug washer/ couple of satchets screen washer stuff for $50.
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Reply By: Member - David P (VIC) - Tuesday, Mar 25, 2008 at 20:29

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2008 at 20:29
My Wrangler 2.8L diesel 130kw - 3 more than a VN Commodore and 400nm = old 5L V8. It acn be chipped for 152kw !!! and 470nm !!!. What I am getting round to is that the latest technology is pushing everything to the limits. The latest just wont take non synthetic oils. Its why the old straight sixes are so loved.....silverback
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