newby GC questions

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What do I look for on the batch number? If I do have some of the green, does that make me cooler? My wife thinks I'm a dork right now for being excited over this.
 
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Greetings! I have been lurking the boards for a while, and today I took the plunge, walked into the local Autozone and found a shelf full of GC. Bought 12 bottles, took 'em home, and had to open a bottle right away to look & smell. Definately smells different. The color looks more gold than green, so I assume it's the newer blend. Now comes the big question, what do I use it in? My current fleet consists of a '97 Integra (145K miles, usually run M1 5W30 every 5-7K miles), a '00 SAAB 9/5 V6 Turbo (70K miles, lately running LubroMoly 5W40 every 5K miles) and a Honda CBR954RR motorcycle (lately using the same Lubro Moly as my SAAB - shifts great with it). I live in San Diego and we're just starting to reach the warm time of year, all driving is SD commuting - stop-n-go then 85+MPH in the same trip. Should I start using the stuff in all my fleet right now? Should I wait 'till the fall? Should I pour it in the tub and splash around in it?
 
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[Welcome!] to BITOG. I would use the GC in the Saab. It seems like a perfect fit. My VW 1.8T really loves GC......green GC that is. I'll use the gold GC, too, as soon as my green supply dries up.
 
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Batch numbers are on the bottom. If it starts with M02,M03,M04, then, generally, it means it was made in 2002,,2003,2004 and will be the green GC. M05, as far as I know, is the new amber GC that is causing a mild uproar among loyal GC followers. That being said, I found two bottles of amber GC at Autozone today with no batch numbers at all. Weird.
 
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Originally posted by 1maniac: M05, as far as I know, is the new amber GC that is causing a mild uproar among loyal GC followers.
...but NOT with the Elfemeister...and I would question the loyalty of those who change with the colors...sorry, but the Elfemeister owes it to everyone to tell it like it is.
 
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Originally posted by 1maniac: M05, as far as I know, is the new amber GC that is causing a mild uproar among loyal GC followers.
The very early M05 batch (maybe M0501) is also the green GC. I think the gold GC starts with M0502.
 
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san diego, ca
Looked quickly this morning, it's all "M05" but I didn't pay attention to the numbers after that. They all appear to be from the same 2 or 3 cases. For those who track such things; it was the AutoZone in Escondido, across the street from the DMV office, bought for $4.39qt
 
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Originally posted by AndyH: The very early M05 batch (maybe M0501) is also the green GC. I think the gold GC starts with M0502.
I believe you are "spot on."
 
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Originally posted by kttymau: So are there any other opinions? Is it "too good" to waste on an already bulletproof engine like the Integra?
No, No 1000 times no.
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Is the 0W-30 range OK for a San Diego summer?

Yes, yes, 1000 times yes
 
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So are there any other opinions? Is it "too good" to waste on an already bulletproof engine like the Integra? Is the 0W-30 range OK for a San Diego summer?
 
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I bought 6 qts. of M0504... about two weeks ago. Just checked the color yesterday and reported my "findings" in a different GC thread on BITOG. I mentioned that it had a green tinge (hint of a green tint) at the top of the sample I poured in a clear plastic cup. The bulk of the sample was (is) definitely amber. My sample looked the same under flourescent lighting as it did in outdoor, natural lighting. I assumed I had the new, amber GC, but PSCHOLTE said that with the green tinge it should be the original green stuff. I sniffed it like a wine steward samples a vintage wine. I didn't think it had a "stinky" (stanky?) aroma as was earlier reported by others to be characteristic of the amber version. To me the oil I bought had a very light, sweet, mint-like aroma. But what do I know of smells? I've suffered from hay fever for over 40 years -- especially during the months of May and June!!! This year is no exception either. However, I think the M0504 batch number would indicate that it is the amber GC ????? [I dont know]
 
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Originally posted by Bob A.: I bought 6 qts. of M0504... about two weeks ago. Just checked the color yesterday and reported my "findings" in a different GC thread on BITOG. I mentioned that it had a green tinge (hint of a green tint) at the top of the sample I poured in a clear plastic cup. The bulk of the sample was (is) definitely amber. My sample looked the same under flourescent lighting as it did in outdoor, natural lighting. I assumed I had the new, amber GC, but PSCHOLTE said that with the green tinge it should be the original green stuff. I sniffed it like a wine steward samples a vintage wine. I didn't think it had a "stinky" (stanky?) aroma as was earlier reported by others to be characteristic of the amber version. To me the oil I bought had a very light, sweet, mint-like aroma. But what do I know of smells? I've suffered from hay fever for over 40 years -- especially during the months of May and June!!! This year is no exception either. However, I think the M0504 batch number would indicate that it is the amber GC ????? [I dont know]
The batch # would indeed point to The Gold--BUT--the visual and olifactory descriptions you give have THE GREEN written all over them! YEP! By the way how do your eyes and nose look with writing all over them? [Big Grin]
 
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san diego, ca
went back out and looked; all of mine is "M0504" I stopped in to a couple different AutoZones the last few days, none of them even stocked Syntech 0W30, went back over to the original store where I found it and bought what they had left (6 more quarts). Please don't tell my wife...
 
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Originally posted by kttymau: went back out and looked; all of mine is "M0504" I stopped in to a couple different AutoZones the last few days, none of them even stocked Syntech 0W30, went back over to the original store where I found it and bought what they had left (6 more quarts). Please don't tell my wife...
ps-s-s-s-st, your secret is safe with us...the Elves promise they won't tell either
 
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