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post #6 of (permalink) Old 5th February 2006
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Originally Posted by lagdti
Oil quality has improved almost beyond comprehension in the last few years and I think it has left a few people behind in it's wake.The quality of oil that you use does have a direct effect on the life of your engine but to say that you have never had a head off of any of your cars because of the oil you use is misleading to say the least.
Speaking from the point of view of someone is who is still in touch with modern motor vehicle engineering(independant garage),whenever we do an oil and filter change we always consult the relevant publication on which oil to refill the system with,but manufacturers tend to change their opinions on a regular basis and 'forget' to inform anybody that the oil that once was recommended now shouldn't be used.To say that garages need the revenue from supplying inferior quality oil at high prices is completely insulting to the vast majority of people who work in the motor repair industry(I'll admit that it only takes a few rouges to taint the whole industry but even so....).If we charged our average customer vast amounts of money to do an oil and filter change because we filled their engine with 'quality' engine oil then we would soon go out of business.If a customer is that worried about oil then they will provide their own oil which is absolutely fine.
Service intervals are stretched out not only because the quality of engineering and of oils has improved but because the customer has demanded it and mileages of modern cars have increased considerably.
I agree with pretty much all of the above, there is though a considerable gulf between the customer led demand of longer service intervals (18,000/ 20,000 miles) and what the customer is educated/advised to accept. The only winner in using the premium full (and true) synthetics is the customer, and of course the environment. The losers are the Oil Multi Nationals, The car producers (the engines last longer) and the servicing facilities, (less custom) To have these long service intervals and yet have most of the industry preaching that they are not realistic is a scandal. To expect the customer to know the choices available to him without it being fully explained, and to expect him to understand what synthetic is and means, including the 'perverted' current use of the word after Castrols US court case is too much. In these circumstances does the paying customer really have a choice? I'm struggling to think of just one service facility that has top level synthetics in stock, readily available and promotes them; after all we agree that they are the best and ultimately cheaper to use don't we?.
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