Havoline synthetic compared to other synthetics

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Feb 28, 2003
Cajun Country, La.
How does it compare to other brands such as;Mobil1,Syntec(even tho we all know its a dino),Valvoline,Red Line,etc.Is it as good or better then other synthetics? Anyone out there use it,and opinions on it? [I dont know] [Patriot]
Sorry, don't have the answer, but given that regular Havoline is known to be great dino oil and is typically found at very reasonable prices, I wonder how much the Havoline synthetic costs? If the price is right I might switch over to synthetic (presumably Group III).
I bought the 5w-30 synthetic Havoline when it was on sale at BigLots for $1.99. Now I wish that I had bought more since I think it's a good oil. Surprisingly, I changed to GS 0w-30 after the Havoline and now think the Havoline was better. Nothing factual, but it seems my truck ran quieter with the Havoline.
What I do is run 4 quarts of Chevron 10W30 dino along with 2 quarts of Havoline synthetic 10W30 in my 97 F150,4.2V6.I get it at Discount/Advance auto parts for $3.79 a quart.I'm approaching 100k miles and was considering going to full synthetic. [Patriot]
I have been using Havoline Synthetic 5W-30 in my 02 Explorer. I feel comfortable that it is protecting just fine. Locally it is $3.98 per quart and often on sale for $3.48. Here is a UOA on my Explorer with the Havoline Syn. Havoline Synthetic UOA
I've posted a couple of UOA's of Havoline full-syn 5W30 - one in an 01 Mitsu Eclipse and another in an 02 Mazda Protege ES - the oil did exceptionally well in both engines and Blackstone seemed to think it fine for at least 6K mile intervals in my applications.
I've always been a fan of Texaco Havoline, available down here in New Zealand as Caltex (a joint company between Chevron and Texaco. I know some time ago that the Texaco CART cars used nothing but the dino Havoline Formula. It had an extremely robust additive package. So the same additive package in a synthetic basestock must be an excellent PCMO. In my Honda I now use Caltex Havoline Energy SAE 5W-30, its a Texaco Europe based product which is made with Group III base oil, I've seen tests which showed it gave up to 6% fuel saving and excellent UOA results. Here in New Zealand, Caltex don't advertise Havoline Energy as a synthetic despite it being Group III - that differentiates it from their Havoline Synthetic which uses PAO.
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