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#4633730 - 01/13/18 02:49 PM Valvoline
HowAboutThis Offline


Registered: 10/08/17
Posts: 100
Loc: USA
Kind of bored so thought I'd entertain myself. Have an '05 Forester and currently no place to change my own oil. Apartment management frowns on using parking lot. So I've done the quick lube place with high anxiety during the process. Man they're sketchy, young, and have no idea what they're doing.

Anyway, Valvoline synthetic and a cheapo filter I'm sure. Currently at 4500 miles. I'm hoping to change again around 7k-8k miles. Put about 1500/mth on it so about 2-3 more months.

Checked the oil today using white paper towel and it was still a nice amber color, which is meaningless I know, but made me feel confident.

Some people on here seem to think Valvoline isn't the best synthetic choice, at least I've read it here and there while I lurk.

What's your opinion? Will my Forester last 8k intervals or am I guaranteed doom and implosion because I'm not using PP with a $15 filter with 2k change intervals?

Hoping for a bit of knowledge and some entertaining comments.

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#4633743 - 01/13/18 03:01 PM Re: Valvoline [Re: HowAboutThis]
Lubener Offline


Registered: 01/22/11
Posts: 2612
Loc: N.Ohio
Valvoline has always rendered good analysis reports here. I use it sometimes when I can get a deal on it. I wouldn't hesitate at all using it again in the future.
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#4633755 - 01/13/18 03:16 PM Re: Valvoline [Re: HowAboutThis]
oil_film_movies Offline


Registered: 06/13/16
Posts: 2634
Loc: MN
No real evidence that I've ever seen that Valvoline is any different than other GroupIII synthetics.
Pennzoil claims Mobil1 gives you cleaner pistons than Valvoline, and their own Platinum & Ultra Platinum cleaner still.
http://www.pennzoil.com/en_us/education/power-pennzoil-synthetics/cleanerpistons.html
It could very well be that Valvoline Synpower is really nothing special among synthetics.

I'm always concerned that quick lube shops might not actually give me synthetic oil, instead putting in cheaper conventional oil.

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#4633760 - 01/13/18 03:18 PM Re: Valvoline [Re: HowAboutThis]
John_K Offline


Registered: 12/08/06
Posts: 2726
Loc: Columbus, Ohio
Originally Posted By: HowAboutThis


Checked the oil today using white paper towel and it was still a nice amber color, which is meaningless I know, but made me feel confident.



Not meaningless for Iffy Lube, at least it means they actually changed it.
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#4633762 - 01/13/18 03:20 PM Re: Valvoline [Re: HowAboutThis]
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Registered: 04/10/16
Posts: 1174
Loc: Campbellsville, KY
I'm at 109K on my Cruze (1.4L with a bad record for turbo and PCV failures) which has spent 90K of that on Synpower @ 5K intervals, and it purrs like a kitten with zero consumption. My dad's '97 Suburban was at 430K a few months ago - he's used Maxlife blend at 3k-ish intervals since 170K. 90% of the OC's I do at my shop are Maxlife and I have several customers that comment how well their cars run after being under my care for a while.
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#4633764 - 01/13/18 03:22 PM Re: Valvoline [Re: HowAboutThis]
SatinSilver Offline


Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 10338
Loc: OH
You can always take it to a Ford Quicklane next time for an oil change. No appt needed, I've been happy with their work, no real upselling, $25 for a synblend oil change, about $50 for a full syn change. Even a Walmart TLE would be better than your typical quick change place esp Jiffy Lube who has now changed their name to Take 5 oil change or something like that.

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#4633775 - 01/13/18 03:36 PM Re: Valvoline [Re: HowAboutThis]
Snagglefoot Offline


Registered: 12/31/17
Posts: 1909
Loc: SE British Columbia, Canada
Here is the Valvoine Syn Power. Pretty cheap at Walmart and Dexos approved. Hard to argue against it.


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#4633791 - 01/13/18 03:51 PM Re: Valvoline [Re: HowAboutThis]
77GrandPrix Offline


Registered: 01/29/06
Posts: 262
Loc: Mid-Tenn
Take a little time and research some of UOA's that are posted. You'll see that Valvoline Synpower is just as good as any of the other brands.

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#4633793 - 01/13/18 03:53 PM Re: Valvoline [Re: HowAboutThis]
CT8 Offline


Registered: 10/09/14
Posts: 11231
Loc: Idaho
Valvoline oils are as good as or better that the competition.
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#4633805 - 01/13/18 04:04 PM Re: Valvoline [Re: HowAboutThis]
HowAboutThis Offline


Registered: 10/08/17
Posts: 100
Loc: USA
Well, it's not Jiffy Lube. But similar. You can watch them work on the TV next to your window. So I saw them actually change the oil. And I got a nice discount on a differential drain and fill. Their regular differential price was outrageous given it's easier than an oil change. The lady in my life had never had it done so I figured it couldn't hurt. They did try to sell a bunch of miracles in a bottle and a turn signal bulb. It was burned out, but the apartment doesn't care if I change a bulb because bulbs don't make a mess.

I should add this engine uses about a quart every 2-3k miles. Not unreasonable, but my Honda and Toyota use almost nothing over 5-10k intervals. So annoying that I have to add.

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#4633813 - 01/13/18 04:14 PM Re: Valvoline [Re: HowAboutThis]
das_peikko Offline


Registered: 01/01/18
Posts: 534
Loc: San Antonio, TX
Originally Posted By: HowAboutThis
Have an '05 Forester and currently no place to change my own oil. Apartment management frowns on using parking lot.


Find a fleet fuel station on the weekend. They're always empty and you can change the oil off to the side somewhere on clean concrete. Bring Rhino ramps and something to catch the oil in.


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#4633815 - 01/13/18 04:15 PM Re: Valvoline [Re: das_peikko]
CT8 Offline


Registered: 10/09/14
Posts: 11231
Loc: Idaho
Originally Posted By: das_peikko
Originally Posted By: HowAboutThis
Have an '05 Forester and currently no place to change my own oil. Apartment management frowns on using parking lot.


Find a fleet fuel station on the weekend. They're always empty and you can change the oil off to the side on clean concrete. Bring Rhino ramps and something to catch the oil in.

Put some cardboard down so there will not be a mess.
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#4633848 - 01/13/18 05:02 PM Re: Valvoline [Re: HowAboutThis]
BJD78 Offline


Registered: 08/05/17
Posts: 513
Loc: Nebraska
My forester is a 2010 and going like new with nearly 125K miles on it now with straight conventional 5w30 and changing oil at the 5K interval, though I went a time or to to 8K with no issues. Even dino oil is good for around 7500 mile OCI especially with lots of mostly highway driving. Now days an 8k OCI is no problem even with dino oil. Have seen many vehicles go over the 400K mark with 5k OCIs. Subaru boxer engines are pretty tough and can easily make it to the 400K mark or even longer. The frame and body will probably rust away long before the engine wears out. Valvoline has always made a fine product, but frankly any oil that is the correct weight and has that starburst is fine. I have had several vehicles go well over 300K and were still going strong. They would be going strong at 300K no matter what oil I used as long as the weight was right and the oil can has that starburst. 300K on the odometer is 300k whether using syn or dino oil. BTW I often see people changing oil in HS parking lots or public library lots on the weekends it is public property and as long as you dont make a mess it is not an issue.
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2010 Forester:122K
2009 Sonata :189K
2010 Tucson:55K

OCI 5K using the cheapest dino oil I can buy,usually NAPA or TSC Travelers oil.

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#4634016 - 01/13/18 08:42 PM Re: Valvoline [Re: HowAboutThis]
Insertcoolname Offline


Registered: 08/28/17
Posts: 163
Loc: South Texas
Ive never used valvoline before, its mostly Shell and Mobil and Citgo down here.
Im very happy consumption is way down and engine sounds smooth and quiet.
Most likely will try valvoline maxlife again.

Just keep it topped up.
Valvoline is good stuff.
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#4634056 - 01/13/18 09:39 PM Re: Valvoline [Re: das_peikko]
HowAboutThis Offline


Registered: 10/08/17
Posts: 100
Loc: USA
Genius! I watch Roadkill on MotorTrends YouTube channel and it's hilarious what they do in parking lots... Like rebuild engines!!! LOL


Originally Posted By: das_peikko
Originally Posted By: HowAboutThis
Have an '05 Forester and currently no place to change my own oil. Apartment management frowns on using parking lot.


Find a fleet fuel station on the weekend. They're always empty and you can change the oil off to the side somewhere on clean concrete. Bring Rhino ramps and something to catch the oil in.


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