quote:My fine friend from the Synthetic side of the fence makes a good point about the Bourbon. We definately agree on that.... By the way toocrazy, you got me thinking about going back to M1 after our exchange last week, so you may have a convert to add to your list shortly....
Originally posted by toocrazy2yoo:quote:Bourbon too.. Helps make sense of it all.
I recommend that you lock yourself in a secure place, make some popcorn, stock up on beverages, and read on for the next 48-72 hours.
quote:Take it from a newbie who has just spent several HUNDRED hours of researching this very question, you will drive yourself nuts trying to answer it! And you will find no consensus here, either. There are two pretty firmly entrenched camps, neither of which budges much. It really boils down to synthetic being *marginally* better than GII/GIII dino oils but, in some people's opinion, not necessary for the vast majority of the driving public's applications and therefore not worth the premium...maybe 20 years ago but not with today's good dinos. It really just depends on your application and your willingness to pay a premium, either for that elusive and enigmatic "peace of mind", for somewhat extended drain intervals, or for an extreme/severe usage situation. Having said all that, and after changing my mind a dozen or more times, I finally settled on TropArtic dino, which is a "synthetic blend" available at many Wal-Marts for $1.48 quart making it (arguably) perhaps the best everyday bargain out there, IMHO, and many others, and giving consistently good UOA and performance results. There are numerous other very, very good dinos as well. Motorcraft and Havoline dinos are two others that get a lot of love on BITOG, as do a number of others. But true synthetics are excellent products, if you can stomach the price. Good luck on your search, but remember, it's a journey, not a destination. Peace...
Originally posted by wadedog: I was told today from a older guy i trust at az that he uses m1 syn in all his vehicles and that syn oil doesn't break down only gets dirty and that its fine to change the oil once a year no matter what. Whats everyone think about that.
quote:My son worked at the local Autozone for about 6 months. Their customer base is shall we say, the "lowest common denominator." Lots of vehicles with 22" wheels, or scraping the ground, or with large wings on otherwise stock rice boxes. The parking lot would look like a cross between a DMZ and a landfill at closing almost every night. He got sick of dealing with those customers and trying to clean up after them very quickly. He's since left and works for a real parts store that sells 95% to dealers and repair shops. He couldn't be happier
Originally posted by hominid7: My local autozone looks to be staffed by the most recent prission escapees, the stores are filthy, and the parking lot has not been power washed in years. Their stock looks as if it has been merchandised by someone with no concept of retail or automotive repair. It's sad, as AutoZone started out as a really nice chain and has gone WAY down, at least here in the DFW area. The 4 or 5 stores i've been to here are excellent examples of how NOT to run a retail business.