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Old 01-09-2021, 10:11 AM   #1
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Question What oil do you recommend?

Iím doing the oil change on my Ď88 244 for the first time & Iíd like to know what oil you guys would recommend? Not sure if this is relevant, but I live in FL, so itís pretty warm all year round.
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Old 01-09-2021, 10:37 AM   #2
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I use Mobil 1 15/50 in all of our Volvo's , Valvoline VR 1 racing oil {high in zinc}in our 1960 S2 Bentley.I am breaking in the new motor in my 1961 MK1 MG Midget on VR 1, will switch to Mobil 1 once it is broken in. My wife's 90 240 wagon now has 600K miles on it we have had it for 20 years always used Mobile 1. BTW how many mile on your car?
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Old 01-09-2021, 11:09 AM   #3
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Rotella T4 15W40, it's what redblocks crave. At 12 bucks or so for a gallon at Walmart, plus a Mann filter bought in bulk, under $20 bucks an oil change.
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Old 01-09-2021, 12:28 PM   #4
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The heavier oils recommended here are probably better especially given the warmer climate, but I've always run 10w30. Usually Valvoline, M1, or Castrol.
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Old 01-09-2021, 01:17 PM   #5
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Chemistry has changed over the years. I used to score good full synthetic at 5w-30 for not much. Florida, eh. It depends on vehicle usage. Heavier weight might be warranted. Except winter. Heavier use? Go higher weight.
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Old 01-09-2021, 02:13 PM   #6
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Chevron Delo 15w-40 is equally as good as Rotella IMO and is what I use year round here in South Florida. It's a bit cheaper, too. Also, I use Mobil 1 filters at every change (M1-204A). Total comes up to about $25 an oil change.
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Old 01-09-2021, 02:54 PM   #7
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I'd use Wal-Mart's Super Tech brand dino oil, 10W-30 or 40; change oil more frequently than recommended and always use a good quality oil filter (better than Fram).
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Old 01-09-2021, 03:41 PM   #8
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Apparently the Fram Ultra filter line is supposed to be pretty good. It's not longer a brand to avoid if you buy the right type.
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Old 01-09-2021, 07:11 PM   #9
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What is it? The extra guard? Ultra line? If I remember. 7 years away from gas vehicles and the U.S.
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Old 01-09-2021, 07:44 PM   #10
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Seconded on the Delo 15w40. Works nicely in California. I would be curious to send a sample of the delo and rotella for analysis to see how similar they are.
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Old 01-09-2021, 08:20 PM   #11
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What is it? The extra guard? Ultra line? If I remember. 7 years away from gas vehicles and the U.S.
Fram Ultra Guard
https://bobistheoilguy.com/forums/th...tition.296818/

I didn't realize they had put out a good filter until recently.

The Mobil-1 EP filters I once swore by are now considered not so good. Sounds like a different company is making them nowadays.

That's mostly if you can't find Mann or Mahle filters in your area.
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I pretty much exclusively use Mann filters, they're very good and dirt cheap.
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Old 01-09-2021, 09:17 PM   #13
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I used to use Warren brand diesel truck oil. 15-40w. It had 'Soot Slayer' in it. Now I use either M1 15-50 or Rotella T6 5-40.
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FWIW, I THINK Warren makes O'Reilly's in-house brand of oil. Same goes for Supertech and Amazon Basics.
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Old 01-09-2021, 10:56 PM   #15
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All I can say is... glad to be amongst you crazy brickers again. I met a French-Canadien brethren. He is a former member, and a custom electric motorcycle builer. The Lightning motorcycle builder is amongst for friends there. I am just catching up. let me ask my buddy for a retro Turbobricks t-shirt pic. hahahaha
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I pretty much exclusively use Mann filters, they're very good and dirt cheap.
My grandfather had a mantra about filters for his volvos. Mann, or if you can't get that, wix. I recall he got into an argument with a nurse about filters once, as he was laying in a hospital bed.

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Old 01-09-2021, 11:41 PM   #17
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Delo 15-40 & Mobil 1 10-40 50/50 with a Mann filter.
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Old 01-10-2021, 02:24 AM   #18
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My grandfather had a mantra about filters for his volvos. Mann, or if you can't get that, wix. I recall he got into an argument with a nurse about filters once, as he was laying in a hospital bed.
Yup, thatís what I always use. Mahle too.

Oil filters are almost as controversial as oil itself .
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Old 01-10-2021, 07:45 PM   #19
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There are so many oils that are good so it's really a personal choice. Just like many parts and things it's important to buy the correct weight that works for your climate/engine. I've found the synthetics to be worth it to me. Still use dino oil in my truck and my moms car. Just my Volvos get the synth.
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i use mobil 1 15/50 in all of our volvo's , valvoline vr 1 racing oil {high in zinc}in our 1960 s2 bentley.i am breaking in the new motor in my 1961 mk1 mg midget on vr 1, will switch to mobil 1 once it is broken in. My wife's 90 240 wagon now has 600k miles on it we have had it for 20 years always used mobile 1. Btw how many mile on your car?
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I use Mobil 1 15/50 in all of our Volvo's , Valvoline VR 1 racing oil {high in zinc}in our 1960 S2 Bentley.I am breaking in the new motor in my 1961 MK1 MG Midget on VR 1, will switch to Mobil 1 once it is broken in. My wife's 90 240 wagon now has 600K miles on it we have had it for 20 years always used Mobile 1. BTW how many mile on your car?
Would you recommend it in a warm climate like mines?
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Yes, when it's hot out that M1 15-50 keeps good oil pressure in my turbo. I use it all year round. I changed to synthetic at 165k miles and it's got almost 340k now. My 93 wagon went to synthetic at 235k miles and now is at 433k.

"Don't change a high mileage car to synthetic oil." Myth busted....
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"Don't change a high mileage car to synthetic oil." Myth busted....
I've always found that to be a load of crap. I get the concept behind it (seal swellers, etc... but that's more of a concern with "high mileage" oils), but every additive package is different. If your biggest concern is a seal blowing out, maybe you should perform regular maintenance on your car before blaming the oil.

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There are so many oils that are good so it's really a personal choice. Just like many parts and things it's important to buy the correct weight that works for your climate/engine. I've found the synthetics to be worth it to me. Still use dino oil in my truck and my moms car. Just my Volvos get the synth.
Agreed. It's not as much about which brand, but that it's a quality oil and it works in your case. For my white block and BMW M5X cars, I swear by 0w40. Great year round oil with good cold start protection and little to no consumption. I'll use either M1 or Castrol, no real preference between the two. Basically whichever is cheaper that day.
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Old 01-10-2021, 11:28 PM   #24
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Switched to M1 0w40 recently in the 944 and 245. Both cars still have oil pressure. Seems good.
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Old 01-11-2021, 02:02 AM   #25
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I've wondered about how it would perform in red blocks, I've never actually tried it. I've read of people on here using it though.
I've always run 10w30. Although looking at specs the last time, I feel like they were very similar in viscosity. Can't say for sure though, and I'm too lazy to get into that right now
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