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Old 12-12-2005, 13:01   #1 (permalink)
Matthew Jenkins
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Best oil for 1995 Volvo 940 2.3 LPT (in the UK)

What is the best oil that is available in the UK, for a 1995 Volvo 940 2.3
LPT with 93000 miles on the clock.

I want an oil that will help the engine and turbo last as long as possible.
I am not bothered about the cost of it.

Our local Volvo garage recommended Castrol GTX Magnatec 10-40. Is this
really the best?

Thanks, Matthew




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Old 12-12-2005, 14:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Best oil for 1995 Volvo 940 2.3 LPT (in the UK)

Matthew Jenkins wrote:
> What is the best oil that is available in the UK, for a 1995 Volvo 940 2.3
> LPT with 93000 miles on the clock.
>
> I want an oil that will help the engine and turbo last as long as possible.
> I am not bothered about the cost of it.
>
> Our local Volvo garage recommended Castrol GTX Magnatec 10-40. Is this
> really the best?


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Old 12-13-2005, 04:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Best oil for 1995 Volvo 940 2.3 LPT (in the UK)

Synthetic oil real synthetic oil like Mobil one of BP 5000 .Even if castrol
modifies conventional oil its still not synthetic and magnatec is castrol
the cheapest oil the garage can buy .Synthetic oil does NOT glug up the
turbo and runs cooler .It also flows faster when cold and wear rates are way
down .Sure its more expensive BUT so is a new turbo .Just look in side the
oil cap of a car thats running on synthetic its like a sewing machine where
as conventional oil goes thick and greasy .I use synthetic oil on my wifes
sewing machine for that reason .




"Matthew Jenkins" <noname@nomail.com> wrote in message
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> What is the best oil that is available in the UK, for a 1995 Volvo 940 2.3
> LPT with 93000 miles on the clock.
>
> I want an oil that will help the engine and turbo last as long as
> possible.
> I am not bothered about the cost of it.
>
> Our local Volvo garage recommended Castrol GTX Magnatec 10-40. Is this
> really the best?
>
> Thanks, Matthew
>
>
>
>



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Old 12-13-2005, 04:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Best oil for 1995 Volvo 940 2.3 LPT (in the UK)

> as conventional oil goes thick and greasy .I use synthetic oil on my wifes
> sewing machine for that reason .


Your wife has a turbo charged sewing machine?

Awesome!

:)
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Old 12-13-2005, 09:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Best oil for 1995 Volvo 940 2.3 LPT (in the UK)

"David Taylor" <djtaylor@bigfoot.com> wrote in message
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>> as conventional oil goes thick and greasy .I use synthetic oil on my
>> wifes
>> sewing machine for that reason .

>
> Your wife has a turbo charged sewing machine?
>
> Awesome!
>
> :)


I think every sewing machine I've tried to use was turbocharged. I press the
pedal with my right foot and WHOAA! ;-)

Mike


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Old 12-13-2005, 09:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Best oil for 1995 Volvo 940 2.3 LPT (in the UK)

Matthew Jenkins wrote:
> What is the best oil that is available in the UK, for a 1995 Volvo 940 2.3
> LPT with 93000 miles on the clock.
>
> I want an oil that will help the engine and turbo last as long as possible.
> I am not bothered about the cost of it.
>
> Our local Volvo garage recommended Castrol GTX Magnatec 10-40. Is this
> really the best?
>
> Thanks, Matthew
>
>
>
>


Any name brand synthetic is going to do you just fine. Some people get
all caught up in Group III vs. Group IV vs. Group V base oil arguments,
but in practice they all work extremely well as long as you stay within
the specified oil change interval.

Check your owner's manual for weight recommendation. On my '96 Volvo
10W-40 was not one of the recommended choices.

John
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Old 12-13-2005, 12:01   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Best oil for 1995 Volvo 940 2.3 LPT (in the UK)

In article <439ea0d7$0$21121$afc38c87@news.optusnet.com.au>,
johnnr@optusnet.com.au says...
> Synthetic oil real synthetic oil like Mobil one of BP 5000 .Even if castrol
> modifies conventional oil its still not synthetic and magnatec is castrol
> the cheapest oil the garage can buy .Synthetic oil does NOT glug up the
> turbo and runs cooler .It also flows faster when cold and wear rates are way
> down .Sure its more expensive BUT so is a new turbo .Just look in side the
> oil cap of a car thats running on synthetic its like a sewing machine where
> as conventional oil goes thick and greasy .I use synthetic oil on my wifes
> sewing machine for that reason .
>

I've read that converting to synthetic on an older engine invites oil
leaks. I don't know whether this is true or not, but there was a thread
on volvospeed.com on which many complained of oil leaks on previously
leak-free engines after switching to synthetics.

Rick
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Old 12-13-2005, 15:01   #8 (permalink)
Matthew Jenkins
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Re: Best oil for 1995 Volvo 940 2.3 LPT (in the UK)

Thanks for your reply John.

I would be interested to know what the recommended choices are for your
Volvo. And is yours a 940 2.3 Low Pressure Turbo?

The owners manual for mine does recommend 10-40 for petrol engines - see the
table in http://homepage.ntlworld.com/charles.jenkins/940Oil.jpg

I guess its different depending on where you live. We almost never get
temperatures below -10C or above +35C in southern England.

- Matthew

>
> Any name brand synthetic is going to do you just fine. Some people get
> all caught up in Group III vs. Group IV vs. Group V base oil arguments,
> but in practice they all work extremely well as long as you stay within
> the specified oil change interval.
>
> Check your owner's manual for weight recommendation. On my '96 Volvo
> 10W-40 was not one of the recommended choices.
>
> John



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Old 12-13-2005, 16:01   #9 (permalink)
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Re: Best oil for 1995 Volvo 940 2.3 LPT (in the UK)

Matthew Jenkins wrote:
> Thanks for your reply John.
>
> I would be interested to know what the recommended choices are for your
> Volvo. And is yours a 940 2.3 Low Pressure Turbo?
>
> The owners manual for mine does recommend 10-40 for petrol engines - see the
> table in http://homepage.ntlworld.com/charles.jenkins/940Oil.jpg
>
> I guess its different depending on where you live. We almost never get
> temperatures below -10C or above +35C in southern England.
>
> - Matthew
>


Mine is a non-turbo 850, an entirely different motor from the 940. The
owners manual calls for 5W-30, 5W-40, 10W-30 or 15W-40 depending on
ambient temperature range.

John
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Old 12-13-2005, 17:01   #10 (permalink)
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"Java Man" <rickk@letterectomyTELUS.net> wrote in message
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> I've read that converting to synthetic on an older engine invites oil
> leaks. I don't know whether this is true or not, but there was a thread
> on volvospeed.com on which many complained of oil leaks on previously
> leak-free engines after switching to synthetics.
>
> Rick


I took a deep breath and changed to synthetic on our '85 765T with 220K+
miles a couple years ago. When that worked, I did the same to my daughter's
'93 Honda with about 200K miles. No leaks... but YMMV.

Mike


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