Made the "switch" from M1 to Valvoline Synthetics

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Short Thread, I got cheap is all that happened here :ROFLMAO: $23.97 for Valvoline full synthetic 5Qt vs 29.84 for M1. As much as i love M1 i don't think it and offers five dollars+ more protection, per OCI, (that almost pays for the OEM Hyundai oil filter) so Valvoline it is for now. Its for the Hyundai/Kia 2.4L coupe that's far from picky on oil, so as long as it clean-ish and full... The last time I used Valvoline synthetic oil was an honest 15 years ago, but it never let me down, i also used Valvoline maxlife ATF red recently for the Elantra automaitic transmission, and it shifted perfect.
The perception I have on Valvoline is it's meant for old vehicles and it's kind of thick lol but im probably wrong it's just I remember that name when I first started driving, and was equivalent to a Band-Aid in a bottle for older vehicles.
Also going to change the manual transmission fluid before i put in Amsoil. So i will drain and fill transmission using the Valvoline 75W90 synthetic fluid. use for a few days until amsoil gets here, and change it again.. I called Kia dealer, and they dont have qts of 75W90, and told me just to go to autostore, and pick up 75W90 GL-4, and change it out, no special fluid required so thats what i did.
Don't get me wrong this is not a bashing thread of M1, I will still pay the premium and use it in the Sonata, and change it twice a year about every 6-7K miles per OCI. I will also change the coupes oil twice a year, but i might only have 3-5K miles on the OCI.. and OEM Hyundai filters are what i use now thanks to BITOG. :)
Thats where im at this am. :coffee:
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Sounds reasonable enough to me!

In all honesty I think the only thing really separating these off the shelf major brands is price, why pay more unless you’re absolutely convinced one is better than the other? And measurably so.
 
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I believe M1 uses superior base oil, however the reality is Valvoline is also a high quality oil as most are these days. I just picked up Valvoline Synthetic 5w30 for my mothers GMC Terrain 2.4 as it was on sale.

I just recently switched to M1 after using Pennzoil Platinum in my Accord since purchase, but might re-evaluate at some point if price keeps going up.
 
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its quite likely that most fake synthetic oils of the same viscosity are very similar + only the rice + marketing differ as they must meet the advertised spec
 
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my old jeep ran nothing but valvoline. it's still running to this day with original engine @ 530K second transmission, second rear axle, rebuilt front countless times. but that 4.0 just keeps going.
worry not about the oil. with the jeep while i owned it it was changed every 5K miles. i'm not sure what my son changes it at now. i suspect close to 5K. he's put 150k ish miles on it.
my friend from high school used M1 only and his crx only mad 160K miles before needing rings.
 
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It's probably good to switch things up among the major synthetics. That way the engine gets different additive packages. Use one for a few intervals then change it up. Kind of interesting to see if you notice any differences between the different brands. Like how quiet the engine is with a certain one.
 
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I like Valvoline and I usually use it even if here it's not so famous. Price/quality sometimes is really good (performance, base oil quality, price etc). Anyway M1 is different pov, it's one of bosses, Valvoline buy from bosses.
 
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Also going to change the manual transmission fluid before i put in Amsoil. So i will drain and fill transmission using the Valvoline 75W90 synthetic fluid. use for a few days until amsoil gets here, and change it again.
Saving $6 by switching from Mobil1 to Valvoline…running Valvoline MT synthetic for a short change then dumping it for Am$oil :unsure:. All of these brands are high quality but, but, but…! Is it me or is your logic all over the map?
 
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