Mobil 1 Synthetic Oil

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    When you think of synthetic oil, Mobil 1 is probably the first thing that comes to mind. Mobil 1 is the factory fill of many top-performing cars including the Nissan GT-R, all Porsche vehicles, and Mercedes-Benz AMG vehicles. It's hard to go wrong with Mobil 1, but Pennzoil Platinum performs as well -- if not better -- and is a little cheaper.Rating: 4.25/5

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    • rharris50 rharris50

    Be a little cautious when reading experts reviews without documentation. According to the Bestcovery expert review of Mobil1, " Pennzoil Platinum performs as well -- if not better -- and is a little cheaper." However, there is no indication of the reasoning or what test results back up the statement. I would be happy to use another synthetic oil that is "a little cheaper" than Mobil1, but the problem is, I can find no support for the statement that it "performs as well--if not better." On the contrary, I went to Pennzoil's web site and could not find 0w30 or 0w40 in Pennzoil Platinum. My auto manufacturer requires it. Their 0w20 does not meet the standard required for my SAAB. A computer algorithm keeps track of miles and driving conditions and computes time until the next old change, but the owner's manual makes it clear that this depends on use of oil meeting those tough standards. Mobil1 does, but apparently, Pennzoil does not.

    Posted on 1/30/2013 9:17 pm | Reply
    • MG MG

    I work for ExxonMobil, and its very simple. M1 is the best. It is a group IV PAO based. WHICH is a full synthetic oil. GROUP 1-3 are mineral based. 4-5 are synthetic based. M1 has the best detergeants has the best formulation and anti wear additives for added wear protection. M1 was the first and the ORIGINAL! Every brand of oil will always compare themselves to M1 and will claim their oil will outperform and protect better than M1. Truth of the matter is....it wont! Penzoil is a joke, Castrol...dont even think about it, Amzoil PLEEEEAAASE! If anything comes near or SOMEWHAT CLOSE to M1 if I had to say, perhaps Valvoline they have pretty good formulation but still not the BEST, and of course Royal Purple they're legit!

    Posted on 8/15/2012 1:07 pm | Reply
    • Anonymous Anonymous

    started using mobil 1 syn. on a new 1987 toy truck,i got 500,000 miles from that engine.

    Posted on 7/2/2010 9:39 am | Reply
    • SCHMOE SCHMOE

    IT DID NOT MATTER WHAT OIL YOU USED, TOYOTA TRUCKS AVERADE .25 MILLION MILES. I HAVE A NOT? SO GOOD (disconected) FRIEND THAT USED TO DRIVE NORTH TO SOUTH ON I-95, FROM STAMFORD CT. TO GEORGIA, & SOUTH CAROLINA & BACK 2-3 TIMES EVERY MONTH, & THEN BUY A NEW TOYOTA TRUCK, EVERY 400K MILES, WEATHER HE NEEDED TO OR NOT, BEFOR THE E.C.M. & PROCESSOR'S (ie.brain) RECORDED THE MILAGE THROUGH THE (antilock) BRAKES HE WOLD TRADE THE TOYOTA TRUCK IN @ 30K MILES & GOT ANOTHER ONE, DID IT MORE THAN ANY HONEST MAN SHOULD, & ONLY CHANGED THE PREHISTORIC OIL WHEN HE HAD REMEMBERED OR IT LOOKED LIKE BOSCO, WITH NON-SYN OIL, TOYOTA MY MAN TOYOTA MAKES THAT TRUCK GO 500K, REGARD'S SCHMOE

    Posted on 7/3/2010 6:44 am. In reply to Anonymous | Reply
    • Anonymous Anonymous

    Mobil 1 was reformulated several years ago from a Group IV base motor oil (PAO) to a blend of Group III and IV synthetic oils. Since then it has never produced to same results on oil analysis reports. It seems the public still think they are buying the same motor oil they used in the nineties.

    Posted on 6/9/2010 11:53 pm | Reply
    • Anonymous Anonymous

    I have used Mobil 1 since 1979, back to when it came in the silver tin can. My vehicles have all achieved 200,000+ miles before being traded. Living in Minnesota the cold winter starting of a synthetic can't be beat. Last year I switched from 5w20 to 0w20.

    Posted on 5/16/2010 7:07 am | Reply
    • Marc Nelson Marc Nelson

    I have an '87 Dodge Caravan. 3 liter mitsubishi, at 137k I figured the transmission wouldn't make it past 150k, so I stopped changing oil, just changing filter every 1200 miles. It now has 191k and the oil stays clean and running great. compression is near new specs. I add a quart of oil every 1000 miles and half a quart at the filter change. The filter is on the front of the engine, so I made a removable grill and just spin the old one off. Going for 100k without an oil change. I use synthetic blend, any name brand. Try it and save the hassle of an oil change and $ too!

    Posted on 1/20/2010 10:35 pm | Reply
    • Anonymous Anonymous

    A few years ago Car and Driver published an article about synthetic oil. They liked Mobil 1 best as the chemistry is an addition process. Mobil takes the base molecule and adds to it so that all the oil is the same molecule which is the best engineering process for consistency for lubrication and anti-wear properties. The other brands were all subtraction chemistry which meant that the molecules were not engineered for the best lubrication properties and they were not a homgenious blend

    Posted on 1/18/2010 10:52 am | Reply
    • Derek Hipluto Derek Hipluto

    The pennzoil platnum is the best mobile one has not updated their formula for over ten years I always used mobile in my corvette when I switched to pennzoil I noticed a difference in my gas mileage and performance give it a shot see for yourself!

    Posted on 1/2/2010 9:18 am | Reply
    • Anonymous Anonymous

    I can't say anything bad about mobile but if you want the best AMSOIL wins hands down. With the extended drain intervals recommended by AMSOIL, AMSOIL Synthetic is ACTUALLY CHEAPER THAN CONVENTIONAL - Where's the price problem? I don't get it... AND it's the ONLY oil to offer it's own warranty. I certainly don't see Pennzoil or Mobile offering this. As more and more consumers see the cost and security benefits w/ AMSOIL it's becoming more widely available. I think this study should be looked at more closely and re-evaluated - Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

    Posted on 11/30/2009 11:27 pm | Reply
    • SCHMOE SCHMOE

    THEY DO OFFER, THAT IS TRUE, BUT LIKE A VERY POPULAR OIL ADDITIVE IN LATE 80's, EARLY 90's OFFERED SAME, TRY TOCOLLECT WITHOUT HAVING A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN, DON'T BELEIVE ALL YOU READ. REGARD'S, SCHMOE

    Posted on 7/3/2010 6:54 am. In reply to Anonymous | Reply
    • nateparham nateparham

    Hey scmoe AMSOIL has been around since 1972 has offered the warranty and the extended drain interval since then also . They have stood strong and been on the for front of synthetics , they back there products because they are the best and there business ethics and integrity over the years prove it . So move up to the best move up to AMSOIL . www.lubedealer.com/parhamsynthetics

    Posted on 2/1/2011 1:53 pm. In reply to SCHMOE | Reply
    • STERLING351 STERLING351

    Mobile 1 fully synthetic is the best. In my family we run it in all of our mustangs. !969 Mach1 351w(418 stroker) 1993 cobra 1965 coupe and GT 19 cobra. It is the best and all we use

    Posted on 11/14/2009 12:59 pm | Reply
    • Anonymous Anonymous

    Most people I have ever talked to that complain about Mobil 1 are actually talking about conventional Mobil 1 oil. They are still stuck in the era before synthetic oil. They have never actually used the synthetic Mobil 1. It's the only thing I use. Nothing beats 0w-30(yes they make 0w-30) when you need to start your engine sitting outside in -40degF weather. I progress to 10w-30 by summer.

    Posted on 10/22/2009 4:55 am | Reply
    • nateparham nateparham

    AMSOIL 0w-30 yes AMSOIL makes it also its low pour point is -51 degrees and its 4 ball scar test is .406. Pennz plat .604 , mobile one extended per. > 1 so which oil is really better and AMSOIL 0w-30 is a 35k oil what about mobil one or pennz or ayone else no one offers the protection or better quality than AMSOIL . When you want to move up to the best , move up to AMSOIL. feel free to contact us www.lubedealer.com/parhamsynthetics

    Posted on 10/28/2010 7:26 pm. In reply to Anonymous | Reply
    • Me Me

    I have a cousin that swears by Amsoil, but I just can't justify the price. I've run Mobil 1 in most of my vehicles and am really happy with it. My truck is a '95 Chevy 1/2 ton with a V-6. Because it is a V-6 in a full sized truck, it tends to work harder than a V-8. I've towed everything I can hook up behind it. It now has close to 190,000 miles on it. The last compression check showed each cylinder was within 5% of the original compression, and all cylinders were within about 4% of each other. How can anyone complain about this?Plus, I just got a coupon for Costco for this month. I can get 6 quarts for about $23!! Sweet!

    Posted on 10/13/2009 1:20 pm | Reply
    • dave dobson dave dobson

    i have an 04 sebring used m1 since yhe first mile.i switched to castrol syn one oil change and noticed the sound of the engine right away.not great.i do plan on trying penzoil this time as it has been 30,000 miles since i have tried castrol and will post my opinion soon

    Posted on 8/1/2009 6:41 am | Reply
    • Todd Todd

    Hey mister anonymous, if your so upset with mobil 1 , why don't you have the balls to put your name on your worthless comments?  I'm a happy  long time user of mobil 1 AND I will sign my name , too . Losers such as yourself should just keep to themselves if you can't back up your  crap !

    Posted on 7/27/2009 1:23 pm | Reply
    • Anonymous Anonymous

    Mobil 1 is the opposite of trash.  I've been using Mobil 1 in my vehicles for many years, changing the oil only at extended intervals. My last vehicle was a '97 Ford F150 in which I exclusively used M1 after the break in period, changing the oil and Mobil 1 oil filter at 15,000 mile intervals.  I used the extended change variety of Mobil.  I traded in the truck a few months ago. It had 331,000 miles and still ran like new.

    Posted on 7/11/2009 9:35 pm | Reply
    • Anonymous Anonymous

    Trash. It only works for a little bit then is just plain muck. I can hear when it goes bad on my car

    Posted on 5/22/2009 1:51 pm | Reply
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