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    Are magnetic drain plugs worth it?

    I have one on my Volvo. (Volvo owners - very inexpensive from FCP Groton!!) There's usually a few tiny, black, dust-speck sized iron particals on it when I do an OC. If for no other reason, they can be practical if you have a steel oil pan. Whenever I'm draining hot oil, I just loosen it and...
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    Winterforce tires

    I'll be entering my 3rd Winter season w/Winterforces(non-studded)on my Volvo. I have about 15k miles on this set and there's still plenty of tread left. They're OK for a non-performance Winter tire. So far, I've only encountered 1 snow/ice covered hill that I couldn't climb. If I had studs it...
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    Looking hard at Kumho ECSTA ASX

    Hey, what are those A6 2.7T alloys doing on that A4? <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="images/icons/wink.gif" />
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    Simple Question (2.0 VW)

    I'm currently running Castrol Syntec 5W40 in my Wife's `03 Golf 2.0. The <i>only</i> reason its in there is because it was <i>free</i>( helps having friends who are VW techs <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="images/icons/wink.gif" /> ). But I'd much rather have the Valvoline.
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    Do you tip your mechanic?

    The professional mechanic(s) that fix my cars are also my friends & co-workers. They usually only ask for a fraction of what a regular repair shop would charge and I always give `em a little $extra$.
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    How long does it take to change your oil? Be honest.

    30min....I work @ an auto repair facility and use thier lifts/tools/used oil disposal. During my 1hr lunch-break I can usually pull my car into the shop, do the OC, and still have 30min to actually eat my lunch.
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    New additive from Chevron

    I have to agree with kang on this one. I tried a bottle in my Volvo several weeks ago. The only difference I noticed was a reduction in engine knock while going uphill w/ the AC on. Never again(at least w/o the rebate <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="images/icons/wink.gif" /> ).
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    First hand high mileage experience

    Currently @ 235,000 miles on my `93 Volvo 240 Wagon. I purchased it 8yrs ago w/ 72,000 miles on it. Its seen a variety of different motor oils(3-4k OCIs), but Maxlife 10W30 has been the mainstay. This is my 2nd high-mileage Volvo. My 1st was an `83 245 purchased w/32k miles and driven to 225k...
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    Where do you change your oil?

    I work @ an auto repair facility, so I use thier shop/lifts/tools/disposal.
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    Best oil.... for the price

    <blockquote>quote:<hr />Originally posted by Stuart Hughes: <strong> While it lasts: many of the WalMarts have Valvoline MaxLife, in a box of 5 qts, on sale for $7.50. That's only 12 cents a qt more than Supertech. </strong><hr /></blockquote><img border="0" alt="[Cheers!]" title=""...
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    Valvoline Lost $10 million in 3rd Qtr

    Aww, I feel <i>guilty</i> about stocking up on the MaxLife 5pks for $7.50 @ Wallyworld. Wait a I don't. <img border="0" alt="[Happy]" title="" src="/forums/graemlins/fruit.gif" />
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    Chevron's PurEscape fuel catalyst

    I tried a bottle of it in my Volvo..... <img border="0" title="" alt="[Embarrassed]" src="images/icons/blush.gif" /> . The only thing I noticed is that the car was less prone to pinging w/ the AC on while under heavy throttle load. Cost me $7.99 @ PB and I used the rebate. Kind of pricey for...
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    Yokohama - Oh mama

    The Yoko Avid Tourings on my Volvo are 3yrs old and have about 60k miles on them. I haven't measured tread depth recently, but it appears that they'll last another 20k easily. These certainly aren't performance tires, but they are extremely smooth & quiet.
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    What filter do you use and why?

    I recently began using Supertech OFs on my Volvo. My motivation was price & availability. I realize that the OE Mann filters are superior, but they also $cost$ twice(at least)as much and are simply too well made for my frequent 3-4k OCIs.
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    What oil to use?

    <img border="0" alt="[Welcome!]" title="" src="/forums/graemlins/welcome.gif" /> , oilleakbill Glad to have another old RWD Volvo owner here, and a local one at that! My current "ol' school swede" is a `93 245 w/234k miles. You may already be well aware...but if oil leaks are a primary...
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    VMEP (valvoline maxlife engine protectant)

    The original VOA that Molakule submited several years ago is <a href=";f=11;t=000131" target="_blank">here.</a> I think the 'official' Bitog acronym is "MLEP". I used it back when Wallyword used to stock it. It was about $4.00...
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    High mile engines... whose got them?

    234,000mi, `93 Volvo 240 Wagon, 2.3ltr SOHC(B230)
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    3-4k oil changers - a question/poll.....

    3-4K here as well on my high-mileage Volvo. The car does have a minor, but rather timely, consumption problem. Once I hit 1500mi on an OCI, it will start to eat about 1/4qt every 500mi. I've tried extending the OCI slightly, but the consumption seems to get exponentially worse as I creep over 4k...
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    Supertech High Mileage ?

    <blockquote>quote:<hr />Originally posted by jfug97: <strong> Does anyone know if Supertech high mileage has any synthetic in it? </strong><hr /></blockquote>There was some speculation to that effect in <a href=";f=1;t=015508"...
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    Supertech oil filters compared to Wix

    <blockquote>quote:<hr />Originally posted by beanoil: <strong> Both Wix and the ST are proven to remove 98% of all dog chow supplements in single pass testing. </strong><hr /></blockquote><img border="0" alt="[LOL!]" title="" src="/forums/graemlins/lol.gif" /> .....that's great, beanoil