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Old 09-12-2012, 06:41 AM   #21
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You couldn't pay me to use "racing oil" in a street car.
When Mobile changed their formulation, it cost me a turbo and a set of lifters. It cost a few others I know motors.

Out side of Brad Penn and Amsoil, VR-1 is the only one Id run. Only because, the other two are readily available around here.

Plus, its blue!
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Old 09-12-2012, 10:23 AM   #22
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FWIW, I use the Pennzoil Platinum synthetic oil and Purolator PureOne filters. PL10241 for the Focus.

I haven't felt the need to step up to the Pennzoil Ultra yet. I'm sure it's great oil, but I'm not sure what I would be gaining. I plan to stay with the recommended 5000 mile changes on the Focus, as I did with my 2011 Fiesta.

I also have a 96 Saturn that gets the same treatment (PL20195 filter), but I have been running 7500 mile change intervals on that one, with occasional oil analysis to keep an eye on things. So far there are 134,000 miles on the Saturn with very little oil consumption. A quart or less between changes. That's significant, because Saturns are notorious for being oil burners.
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Old 09-12-2012, 10:39 AM   #23
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The last two times I was at WalMart, they had $5 instant coupons attached to all the Penz Ultra bottles, so it actually came out a few bucks cheaper than Platinum. I may go back & get more if it's still going on.
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I vote for Motorcraft synth blend and filter. They both are highly regarded on bobistheoilguy.com and you should be able to safely do 8-10k OCI depending on your driving habits. You can get both for around $23 if you DIY. Good luck!
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FWIW, I use the Pennzoil Platinum synthetic oil and Purolator PureOne filters. PL10241 for the Focus.

I haven't felt the need to step up to the Pennzoil Ultra yet. I'm sure it's great oil, but I'm not sure what I would be gaining. I plan to stay with the recommended 5000 mile changes on the Focus, as I did with my 2011 Fiesta.

I also have a 96 Saturn that gets the same treatment (PL20195 filter), but I have been running 7500 mile change intervals on that one, with occasional oil analysis to keep an eye on things. So far there are 134,000 miles on the Saturn with very little oil consumption. A quart or less between changes. That's significant, because Saturns are notorious for being oil burners.
FYI... You should be able to run the larger PL20195 filter on your Focus also. The PL20195 is exactly the same as the PL10241 in all dimensions except for length. The PL20195 has a 1.38" longer can than the PL10241. Substituting the PL20195 will gain you a bit more oil capacity.

PL10241 = Motorcraft FL-910-S
PL20195 = Motorcraft FL-400-S - Likewise, this filter can be run on the 2012, as a larger substitute.

FWIW, I'm running Pennzoil Ultra in my 2012. If the Noack numbers are truly as low as what Pennzoil shows on the specs, it is better than Platinum by a large margin. I don't necessarily believe the specs, however.
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Old 09-12-2012, 11:41 AM   #26
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FYI... You should be able to run the larger PL20195 filter on your Focus also. The PL20195 is exactly the same as the PL10241 in all dimensions except for length. The PL20195 has a 1.38" longer can than the PL10241. Substituting the PL20195 will gain you a bit more oil capacity.
Yes, I did this on the Saturn, which also originally had the shorty filter. I could not put the taller filter in the Fiesta because it rubbed on some hoses in front. I have yet to do my first change on the Focus, and I have not looked to see the clearance available. If I have room, I will definitely buy the taller filter. That way I can use the same filter for both cars and buy them in a larger quantity at a discount.
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advance auto parts has that same platinum plus deal for 19.95. they did not have my filter, so i got a free top of the line bosch. every month they or auto zone have several good combo deals.
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Take this one for what its worth guys...
I have a buddy that use to work in a machine shop. He decided one day to start testing filters on some of their machining equipment. He tested everything from bosch to Fram... he said they ran a filter for a whole week then changed it and cut it apart to look for contaminants, after doing a pressure test. He said from the results he saw, the regular old orange Fram filters filtered out more and smaller particales than anyother brand.

Just some food for thought.
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I had to make the same decision on our 2011... decided to stick with the Motorcraft syn-blend 5w-20 until the powertrain warranty is up... but dang, thats 60,000 miles... then may change to the Mobil 1 0w-20 Advance Fuel Economy.
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Old 09-12-2012, 11:29 PM   #30
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I am using either Motorcraft Synthetic Blend or Penzoil Platinum depending on the price. You might want to look at some of the used oil analysis information at the Bobistheoilguy website. Within the last couple of weeks someone posted a UOA on a 2012 Ford Focus.
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