No motorcraft oil in new walmart, and less motorcraft filters.

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Apr 17, 2004
Texas Hill Country
Folks this is a bad sign, and I think its a sign of things to come. Walmart recently gutted the store in my town, then they reopened it totally remodeled, the store is gigantic and everything inside is new. Anyways, I went in there for my usual motorcraft oil and a couple 820s motorcraft filters. I first went to the filters, they had zero 820s filters in stock, and only a few motorcraft filters compared to what they used to have. The fram orange wall of doom is taking over the entire aisle. Ugh. Then I walked into the new oil aisle, there are no motorcraft oils at all. None. I talked to the kid stocking shelves he told me that they discontinued the motorcraft oils in the store. Thats kinda sad, I left empty handed. Heck, I might stop shopping there all together. Advance auto sells motorcraft i'll just get it there. Any other semi syn bargains out there guys? Thanks, Justin
Shoot, You must be new around here or not paying much attention because we have been complaining about this problem for months now. My walmart hasn't had any MC anything for at least four to going on five months now.
Yep. this was reported first 2-3 months ago (about Walmart's decision to stop carrying Motorcraft products) In my area, they stopped carrying MC about 6 weeks ago. All the Chevron is gone, too [Frown]
UHG, yah same stuff here too at all 5 of our walmarts. I even notice some of the ST brand of Oil filters are now mark with a E over the lable! I hope this means "out of stock and will be ordering" since one of the filters are for my s-10 truck. Ol well ~~~ I guess it's auto part stores for me here on out. --Idoxash
I'm not sweating it. I'll just pop into Advance when they have Havoline on sale and pick up some Purolator filters while I'm there and get enough of both to last several months.
heh, i'm not new but I haven't posted in a few months. I ended up clearing out an older walmart of their 820s filters. I picked up 7 filters at 2.97 a piece. Not a bad deal.
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