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Old 14th October 2012, 11:42 AM
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Salamander Bay finally has an Aldi store.

Prices at Aldi are much better compared to Woolies and Coles.

Looking thru there catalogue and they advertised Valvoline 20W50 5ltrs $20.
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Salamander Bay finally has an Aldi store.

Prices at Aldi are much better compared to Woolies and Coles.

Looking thru there catalogue and they advertised Valvoline 20W50 5ltrs $20.
Very cheap...
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Old 14th October 2012, 11:45 AM
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Supercheap $25

Repco $28

AutoBarn $30

Surely it pays to compare prices and competition is a good thing surely?

John Laws uses Valvoline well he use to?

Just like Laws old ad 'Valvoline you know what I mean'.
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Supercheap $25

Repco $28

AutoBarn $30

Surely it pays to compare prices and competition is a good thing surely?

John Laws uses Valvoline well he use to?

Just like Laws old ad 'Valvoline you know what I mean'.
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Old 14th October 2012, 06:25 PM
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Better stock up then eh Tim!
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Old 14th October 2012, 06:57 PM
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Never liked it before and making it cheap doesn't change my opinion....
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Old 14th October 2012, 06:59 PM
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Never liked it before and making it cheap doesn't change my opinion....
Smartest thing I've heard (read) all day
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But its a bargain and John Laws uses it!
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Old 14th October 2012, 07:55 PM
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Have used Valvoline before.

300SE is currently using Fuchs German made oil.

What is so bad about Valvoline in future if it is not a good quality oil I won't use it.
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Old 14th October 2012, 08:24 PM
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Tim - Valvoline oil is fine. There is no problem with it. It's simply that this particular product is now an old-fashioned oil and there is considerable improvement in formulation since this oil was originally developed. In other words, it's an old oil. It is also Valvoline's lowest specification oil and they have a full range of more modern oils also available.
You could use Valvoline but you would not use this one - that's why it is cheap. Don't be concerned. All the major oil companies still make a cheap oil for budget motoring.
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Old 14th October 2012, 08:27 PM
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Tim - Valvoline oil is fine. There is no problem with it. It's simply that this particular product is now an old-fashioned oil and there is considerable improvement in formulation since this oil was originally developed. In other words, it's an old oil. It is also Valvoline's lowest specification oil and they have a full range of more modern oils also available.
You could use Valvoline but you would not use this one - that's why it is cheap. Don't be concerned. All the major oil companies still make a cheap oil for budget motoring.
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Great Brian thank you.

Oil viscosity for the 300SE is 10W40 my MB owners manual says you could also use 15W40 as well.
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Just changing the subject matter a little. I well recall Oscar's 350SE that has been using 'el cheapo' Castrol Oil for many, many years. This was, and is, at a time when fancy packaging was not yet in use, and the choice of oils was somewhat limited to Castrol, Castrol and a couple of others, so to speak. Oscar carried out a compression test on that M116 engine at a mileage well in excess of 330K. kilometers and he came up with a reading close enough to new - maybe the engine was all coked up, but that was the reading he obtained. So perhaps cheap need not always constitute poor quality.

For the last three months I have been using the oil illustrated hereunder.



The reason for choosing this oil relates to the use in the Gen III Statesman engine. Previously, on start-up, one could hear a very slight chatter from the hydraulic lifters, which one could hear for about half a minute. Since using this Nulon Synthetic, that chatter is no longer evident. I also use it in Gleaming Beauty and having regard to the fact that the M100 engine can be a little 'gruff', it also is virtually silent. To me that's good enough, although on 12 liters, oil changing become expensive. I should also point out that engine oil filters have really shot up in price in the last six months. Retail - $119.00 ! Regards Styria
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Well no-one in their right mind would buy one from a dealer!!! Or was that an aftermarket filter??

I prefer middle of the road oils as the expensive ones are overkill in an old engine (plus $$$ if you need 11L). Cheap is plain nasty and your engine usually tells you that you've made a poor (!) choice....

I've always viewed Valvoline as coloured water and Mobil 1 not far behind (even though it's far dearer). I've had a similar opinion of synthetic oils as they appear far too thin to actually protect anything.

In the past I've used Castrol and Penrite until I worked for a MB dealer that used Shell Ultra which had a slightly red colour. I've used Shell Helix Plus ever since which had a slightly green colour. I was quite concerned when I used a thinner Shell oil in my V8 Fairmont Ghia in the quest for a little more power. I thought I'd made a very bad choice, as the engine started making a ticking noise. But it turned out to be a leaking exhaust manifold gasket, so my concerns weren't justified.

I suspect this oil vs that oil is a bit like the Ford vs Holden arguement. And over the years the companies change their receipes, along with their packaging, which can get confusing. I suspect for a given price they're all about the same, but I'm not about to experiment on my precious cars....
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Old 15th October 2012, 08:05 PM
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I would agree with that - the only thing I am wary about is small companies that make claims they can't substantiate. Major compnaies can't afford to get oil wrong and the middle range is usually quite good enough. That is, provided it meeets the specs laid down by the manufacturer.
The question I have is: is there any real difference between what you buy off the shelf and what is supplied to garages under the label of "Prefessional"? For example, since Mobil has gone out of supplying Benz and other service centres, their place has been taken by Castrol. Castrol also markets what appears to be the same range for both service centres and the general public - except the service centre olis are called "Professional." I asked one Castrol rep if there was a difference but he was unable to tell me - except that the "Professional" is more expensive. Ha!! Maybe that is the difference?
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Old 16th October 2012, 04:58 AM
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Hi Mark, obviously I bought aftermarket, but the price from my source still attracted a huge increase - by something close to about twenty five dollars. I was flabbergasted. Getting back to the oil - what can I say ? Again, is it a question of getting a better product by paying extra ? Maybe the 'el cheapo' stuff is okay, as long as one changes oil and filter at six monthly intervals. Regards Styria
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