Why would you say Maxlife is not good for MPG? I use a synthetic gear oil in the transmsission already, Pennzoil Synchromesh. It or the Mopar fluid is the only lube I can use in it. I use Valvoline 75W90 conventional gear oil in the rear end. At the next change for it I plan to use Valvoline synth 75w90 so I won't have to change it so often.
I calculated my MPG from my last 2 fuel fill-ups and it's about 20.5, which I guess is pretty good for a 3000 pound truck that is underpowered with a 175 hp engine. I know of others with the same truck are getting way less MPG, around 14 or 15 MPG. But who knows what shape they are in and what the driving conditions are. I'm really just curious to see if a different oil would help me improve my own MPG. I'm also curious and a little anxious about what kind of prices we will see for gas this summer. I am trying to get all the miles I can from the gas I buy.
Thanks for the help.
Because the Maxlife grades tend to be at the high end of the viscosity range for the grade in question. It's just part of the equation for high-mileage oils (but not the only factor, of course).
Interestingly enough (I think...), I just this weekend changed the oil in my Camry Hybrid, and based upon language in the manual, decided to try some of my old green GC (a thick 30) instead of the normally recommended xw-20 oils (see the thread I started today). Not too surprisingly, my mpgs are down by at least two or three.