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Old 09-26-2012, 04:31 PM   #1
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Is synthetic motor oil worth it?

I have a 2010 Focus SES with the 2.0 Duratec, you know, the normal stuff. I have ~53,500 miles on it now and was considering switching over to Mobil 1 synthetic oil on this oil change. I was just wondering if it is worth it for this car. I know it's better oil but will the Focus benefit from it? Mainly thinking better gas mileage and longer vehicle life, but not sure of the engine is even finely tuned enough to need it. Advice from people more knowledgeable than me is appreciated.


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Old 09-26-2012, 04:49 PM   #2
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engine runs cooler and less wear, so they say. if you change every 3000 miles, then regular oil is fine. if you want to get really in to it, go to bobistheoilguy.com
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engine runs cooler and less wear, so they say. if you change every 3000 miles, then regular oil is fine. if you want to get really in to it, go to bobistheoilguy.com
That's what I thought. Also, I have heard that Mobil 1 is about the best you can get, is that true or are there any generally available synthetics that are better, and by generally available I mean at Wal-Mart, Autozone and other nathionwide chains.
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I have a 2010 Focus SES with the 2.0 Duratec, you know, the normal stuff. I have ~53,500 miles on it now and was considering switching over to Mobil 1 synthetic oil on this oil change. I was just wondering if it is worth it for this car. I know it's better oil but will the Focus benefit from it? Mainly thinking better gas mileage and longer vehicle life, but not sure of the engine is even finely tuned enough to need it. Advice from people more knowledgeable than me is appreciated.
Synthetic oil is a must if you're going to go long periods without performing an oil change. If you're changing it every 5,000 miles or so in a normal climate, the synthetic blend should meet your needs.

However, synthetic oil performs much better in colder climates, so if you're going to be doing a lot of starting in cold weather, synthetic will give you better startup protection.

For my needs, I'm switching to synthetic oil at my next oil change, especially for the winter, and probably on through the rest of the year. I do change my oil every 5000 miles.
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Old 09-26-2012, 04:57 PM   #5
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I try and change evert 3k miles but it does get to 3.5 to 4k sometimes because of my work schedule etc.
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well, if you go to auto zone, you can get castrol edge 0-30. this supposedly great stuff. the container says euro on it. this stuff comes out best in scientific measurements. i used it in a bmw, and i could actually tell the difference. bmw approves very few oils, but they approve castrol 0-30.
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well, if you go to auto zone, you can get castrol edge 0-30. this supposedly great stuff. the container says euro on it. this stuff comes out best in scientific measurements. i used it in a bmw, and i could actually tell the difference. bmw approves very few oils, but they approve castrol 0-30.
Hmm, what is the 0-30? I was going to keep going with 5W-20 as recommended by Ford but don't know if anything is better anyway. I do know my boss has an 80s Mustang with 317k miles on it using 10w-40 dyno oil, pretty crazy.
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i just bought a 2002 focus. used to have a 2007. i use mobil 1 most of the time. it has 92000miles and runs like new. mobil 1 makes two kinds of synthetic, regular and extended range. bmw gives free maintenance, but they do it at 15000 miles. europeans generally change oil once a year. regardless, mobil one is excellent, readily available, and is fine. just dont use a fram filter.
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I will not be changing my own oil since I don't have the space etc. to do it, was going to bring it to the oil change place with my own oil. I don't knwo what filters they use. What filters should I be using?
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Ok, probably just Mobil 1 5W-20 with a Purolator filter then.
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