30 Weight Rotella Alternative?

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Florida
I've been using 5W-40 Rotella synthetic in all my vehicles for years. I recently bought a Subaru outback that calls for 5W-30, and I've been recommended to use even 5W-20. So, I get the feeling that Rotella is a bit too thick for my Subie. Anyone have a recommendation for a full synthetic 5W-30 or 10W-30 that will live up to the standard of Rotella? Something less than $20/gallon preferably.
 
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Tennessee
You know there IS a Rotella 10W30. I don't know if there are Menards in Florida (which is a Home Depot / Lowe's competitor), but they usually have it. I paid under $10 for a gallon. I believe you can order it from Advance Auto Parts and have seen it once in a blue moon at Wal Mart.
 
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Pottstown, PA
I think you're asking for a full synth HDEO in a 30 grade. There are no options over the counter that I'm aware of. That is, I think you'll be ordering it in no matter which way you go. I couldn't quite figure out if the Schaeffer 9000 5w-30 would qualify. Otherwise (and there may be a couple of more) Amsoil HDD/ACD Chevron Delo 400 0w-30 If you go to blends, then Shell has the Rotella SB HDEO's 10w-30/0w-30 (meets SJ/CH-4) All are gonna cost you compared to WM 5 quart jugs of anything
 

BrianW1280

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5
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Florida
Thanks for the input guys. I'm going to look over the oils available at Walmart during my next trip, but currently am leaning towards Penzoil Platinum.
 
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39,806
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Pottstown, PA
If he's willing to go dino .then Rotella 10w-30 (or other 10w-30 HDEO) should be available at most farm/fleet (TSC type places) outlet. He may have to buy a 5 gallon pail.
 
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Alberta
The 10W-30 HDEO Group II (pdf) based motor oils already mentioned, like Rotella and Delo 400 offer an excellent level of performance these days, even though they are not synthetic.
 
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