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    2008 Mercedes GL450?

    I have a close friend who is looking at a 2008 Mercedes GL450 with 104k on it. As you might imagine it's pretty impressive, he described it as "looking new". He is interested in it for his wife as an around town family hauler. I know it has a V8 and AWD. Asking price is 10k. I've already...
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    Is PAO an advantage with a VW turbo?

    Curious if you know whether PAO stands up to turbo abuse better than all Group III oils. I do 10k OCIs on the Tiguan and have already purchased some Valvoline Euro 5w40 for it's upcoming change, but as far as I know it's Grp III entirely and later I got to thinking (the BITOG curse). I can...
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    01 Sable strange dash light, rough run, stall.

    My soon to be daughter in law who is typical college student totally broke has an 01 Sable with 182k she picked up for 900 bucks about two months ago. The car was a whole lot of car for 900 bucks but as you might imagine we've had some issues with it. It has been a pass around college car...
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    2018 Passat GT VR6 - Castrol OE 5w40

    I have been letting the dealer do the oil changes on my Passat since purchased new at the recommended 10k OCIs. I wanted to take a peek and see how the engine was doing on break in, but I was mostly interested in ensuring the dealer oil was standing up to the OCI under my use. I am not...
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    Hoppes Elite 9 foaming cleaner warning

    I got this from the Department today. I have never seen them issue anything like this in 30 years so I am thinking there may be something to it. Just throwing this out there fyi, I have no experience with the product either. <span style="font-style: italic">Hoppes 9 Elite Foaming Gun Cleaner...
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    Can you mathematically estimate top speed?

    I am curious if a vehicle's top speed can be estimated mathematically. For example, if a given vehicle is doing 64 mph in top gear at 2000 rpm, and 95 mph at 3000 rpm, is there a way to estimate what it's speed would be at 6500 rpm? This would be assuming the vehicle had enough power to...
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    Valvoline 5w40 MST vs Pennzoil Euro LX 0w30 - Passat VR6

    Hello gang, I am looking hard at these two oils for my new Passat GT with the VR6. Like any good Bitoger I have been reading and researching. But VW has made oil choice somewhat confusing, let me explain. Basically the manual goes on and on about how my vehicle is filled with 0w30 at the...
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    STP cartridge filters for VW???

    Hello gang, I just bought a 2018 Passat GT with the VR6 engine. Like any good Bitoger I immediately started shopping for oil and filters. To my surprise the majority of filters I am finding to fit the vehicle are in the $20 to $30 dollar range. The filter itself is a Fram equivalent of the...
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    VW "Leatherette" and DSG transmission

    Howdy all, As I posted previously I am looking to update the Lincoln and it has come down to this, a lightly used (ideally) Audi A4 or a new or nearly new well optioned Passat. So I drove the new Passat GT yesterday and it was very nice and also fun, although it was no Audi. It had two tone...
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    Audi A4 vs Volkswagen CC...or good old Passat?

    I am looking to replace my Lincoln soon. I have a list of possible candidates down to 4 or 5 now (been looking quite a while), but those I mentioned in the thread title are highest in contention. Looking mostly at 2015 models to let someone else take the huge depreciation hit. Love the Audi...
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    MMO and LSPI?

    I don't have a GDI vehicle but at least one family member does and I imagine I will eventually. Got to thinking about MMO and LSPI. Since MMO as a fuel additive works as an UCL and it also has a mild solvent in it, I can't help but wonder if good "old" MMO might be effective against the new...
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    New Mobil 1 EP High Mileage

    My wife of all people just got an email on this oil yesterday from Walmart. I had never heard of it before. I am interested in this oil as I like doing straight 10k OCI's and several of our vehicle have pan seeps. Anyone tried it yet? <a...
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    2009 Ford Focus, strange oil readings on dipstick?

    Howdy BITOG, My daughter's car is a 2009 Focus (great car). One thing with this car however confuses me. If you let the car sit overnight, and then walk up and pull the stick it will generally read below the "safe" zone, over a quart low. Wipe it and put the stick right back in, and it will...
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    Mobil 1 EP black in 800 miles....

    So my son bought a Mazda 6 late last year with 113k on it. Has been a great car so far. The oil was dark when we bought it and the PO said it needed a change, but looking through the fill hole all looked pretty good. Upon purchase we put SuperTech full syn 5w30 in it which we ran up to 120k...
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    KCJeep's got a new ride!

    Howdy BITOG friends. I picked up a "new to me" car and being rather excited about it wanted to share for fun. It's a 2009 Lincoln MKZ in AWD. One owner cream puff, only 76k despite being 8 years old. It has the naturally aspirated 3.6 v6, rated at 275 hp she will definitely scoot if I put my...
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    New Pennzoil Ad

    Last year somebody posted the "Pennzoil Drift" ad which I really got a kick out of. Just stumbled on this one, I think it is new. <a href="http://t.emails.speedperks.com/r/?id=h75f9c3f8,8be2aad4,8c0f6af6" target="_blank">Pennzoil</a>
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    GM Start / Stop 2016 Impala any experience?

    I have taken a keen liking to a 2016 Impala. Interested in the 2.5 that has stop/start standard due to price and the fact it would mostly be a commuting car so the 30+ highway mpg is appealing. I am not normally one to warm up to anything new but the system intrigues me and I am not inclined...
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    Fram PH8A and PH3600 from the grave, cut open.

    Howdy all, I ran this PH8A for 6 months on my Jeep, which worked out to be 3,400 miles, the summer run. Fill was Pennzoil HM. It was noted that the PH16 and the PH8A had been improved last year, I ran a PH16 last summer that worked great so this last summer tried a PH8A for fun. I mangled it...
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    Carquest Red 85516, 85085 or 85515 cut open?

    I might have to switch filters on my Jeep for this OCI as the current experiment may not work out. Always interested in experimenting I have been looking at the Carquest Red filters with interest. I can't find any of the 3 sizes I posted (all of which will fit my Jeep) cut open anywhere on the...
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    QSGB Formula change???

    I have long wanted to try PYB's kissin' cousin QSGB in my Jeep. So I went ahead and bought the next OCI's worth to finally try. I was interested as I wanted to try QSGB's boron heavy add pack to compare vs PYB's moly heavy add pack. For a long time now, QSGB has had 200+ ppm boron and about...
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