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Old 11-01-2005, 09:01   #1 (permalink)
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Brand of Oil for '92 240 automatic

What brand and weight of oil do you use in your Volvos?
I have been using Valvoline 10-30 for the last 6 years. Was talking to a
Volvo mechanic yesterday who said he uses only Penzoil 10-30 and that he
thought the Valvoline breaks down quicker.
I live in the south where summers are hot and humid and winters are fairly
mild.
What are your opinions?
JB
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Old 11-01-2005, 11:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Brand of Oil for '92 240 automatic

Comparing Valvoline to Penzoil is like comparing Coke to Pepsi. Everybody
has an opinion on which one is better but there really isn't any major
difference. Buy whatever oil you think is best or whatever is on sale
because that's fine too. What weight oil you use is a lot more important.
Since you live in the south 10-30 is fine, but you could probably run 5-30
as well. If you have alot of miles on the car you could maybe think of
going with a 5-40 which is a little thicker and would protect worn engine
parts a little better. Bottom line is that if you stick with any name brand
oil it will be a good product.
"JB" <(baileytest)@cableone.net> wrote in message
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> What brand and weight of oil do you use in your Volvos?
> I have been using Valvoline 10-30 for the last 6 years. Was talking to a
> Volvo mechanic yesterday who said he uses only Penzoil 10-30 and that he
> thought the Valvoline breaks down quicker.
> I live in the south where summers are hot and humid and winters are fairly
> mild.
> What are your opinions?
> JB
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Old 11-01-2005, 23:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Brand of Oil for '92 240 automatic

JB wrote:
> What brand and weight of oil do you use in your Volvos?
> I have been using Valvoline 10-30 for the last 6 years. Was talking to a
> Volvo mechanic yesterday who said he uses only Penzoil 10-30 and that he
> thought the Valvoline breaks down quicker.
> I live in the south where summers are hot and humid and winters are fairly
> mild.
> What are your opinions?
> JB
> (remove parenthesis on reply address to reply directly)
>
>


Personally of the conventional oils I would use Pennzoil, Havoline or
Castrol GTX. Another interesting option in your case would be a heavy
duty 15W-40 like Chevron Delo or Mobil Delvac. The slightly thicker
oil might be a good bet for an older vehicle in hot climates.
Personally I would stay away from the 10W-40 oils. If you want the
thicker oil, use a 15W-40. For quite some period of time this was
Volvo's recommendation for warm climate conditions. What does your
owners manual say for weight?

John
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Old 11-02-2005, 02:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Brand of Oil for '92 240 automatic

John Horner wrote:
> JB wrote:
>
>> What brand and weight of oil do you use in your Volvos?
>> I have been using Valvoline 10-30 for the last 6 years. Was talking to a
>> Volvo mechanic yesterday who said he uses only Penzoil 10-30 and that he
>> thought the Valvoline breaks down quicker.
>> I live in the south where summers are hot and humid and winters are
>> fairly
>> mild.
>> What are your opinions?
>> JB
>> (remove parenthesis on reply address to reply directly)
>>

>



I use Chevron 10w30 in the NA cars and Castrol 5w30 synthetic in the
turbos, mostly because Costco has cases of both for a good price.
There's really not a whole lot of difference between one brand and another.
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Old 11-03-2005, 20:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Brand of Oil for '92 240 automatic

JB wrote:
> What brand and weight of oil do you use in your Volvos?
> I have been using Valvoline 10-30 for the last 6 years. Was talking to a
> Volvo mechanic yesterday who said he uses only Penzoil 10-30 and that he
> thought the Valvoline breaks down quicker.
> I live in the south where summers are hot and humid and winters are fairly
> mild.
> What are your opinions?
> JB
> (remove parenthesis on reply address to reply directly)
>
>

Mobil-1 15-50 since the first break-in oil change.
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Old 11-03-2005, 20:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Brand of Oil for '92 240 automatic

I use the cheapest "decent" oil I can find blowing out the doors on a
coupon special at Schuck's Auto Parts, usually Chevron or Shell, at 49
cents each.

I use a quality oil filter (Mann) and change every thousand to fifteen
hundred miles.

This is the best thing you can do: fresh filter, clean oil, frequent
changes.

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