Re: Best oil to use in my 2009 Taurus SEL
I run Amsoil 5W30 in my '99 Taurus. I use 5W30 in all vehicles just to simplify things. I see no difference running wise, over the OEM 5W20 non syn oil. I put about 15-18,000kms a year and do one oil change a year, again, to simplify things. Mileage is up slightly with the Amsoil. I generally set my cruise at 65mph. Been running the Amsoil for many years with no problems.
Bob is also my uncle. Don't believe everything you read as the media has their sources. I worked for a petroleum firm here in Ontario for many years. Semi synthetic oil is a marketing ploy. In some cases, there is no synthetic oil at all, only additives and detergents. If you take Jiffy Lube as one of many examples, they try to up-sell semi synthetic because they can get a buck or two more per quart sold in their pocket and the oil in fact is only 10-15% better than dyno oil. Going full synthetic costs more, and for good reason. Premium brands, even Quaker State who has one of the more expensive semi synthetic oils does use some synthetic stock, but even then it's very minimal.
Full synthetic offers superior driving range, and lowest cost per mile. One oil change per vehicle with this Amsoil once a year, saves me about $412 a year if I did 3-6 oil changes per vehicle each year. Not to mention the 5-8 hours I've saved.
Not to go even farther off topic, but if you look at the "working poor", they'll buy a $10 umbrella at the grocery store only for it to blow apart and tear with only a couple uses. A better $30 umbrella costs more, sure, but you'll have better chances with it causing you less grief down the road. Semi synthetic is a step up, but it's really only worth 25 cents or so more a quart. Go with full syn!
'00 Durango R/T 360ci 290hp (modded); 138,500m
'06 Pontiac G6 GT 3.5L 220hp; 44,000m
'12 Chrysler 200 Limited 3.6L 283hp; 13,000m
'99 Taurus 3.0L 2V Vulcan 145hp; 154,300m - Traded
Amsoil in all vehicles!
Last edited by 360ci; 01-19-2012 at 20:12.