Surely there are Oils just as good or even better than M1.... in my case it was more convenient to put in Pennzoil 5W30 for a while than go hunting for Mobil 1, when I found a good saab Indy after I moved he recommended that since I'm higher mileage I start using 10W30 so I went back to M1, which he had. IMO, a lot of folks look for the convenience alternative. And some, realize there are legitimate alternatives which in fact can save a few bucks, there not necessarily cheapo's, just prudent. And don't forget this thing called Product Placement... Deals are made, no manufacturer is going to build a car that can run on only one oil, spark plug or Branded item. Before GM took over the recommended Saab 0W30 Turbo Oil was ELF, not Mobil.Just curious, why are there so many posts with folks looking for alternatives to Mobil 1? I understand that the stuff is slightly more expensive than other oils, but with a 10,000 mile oil change interval you're talking maybe a $30 a year differece depending on how many miles you drive. Seriously, I'm not trying to be a smart *** or put anyone down, I just honestly don't understand the motivation. I understand if M1 isn't available where you live. But is it just because of the price or are you looking for something better than mobil 1?
I guess these threads confuse me because I've yet to see any real evidence that other oils are better in our cars than Mobil 1. I don't want to sound like the Mobil 1 cheerleader, but do we have any proof that ______ is better than Mobil 1?
In all the cars I've leased or owned over my 50 years of driving, this is the first car where I have seen a manufacturer recommend a Brand of Oil, weights and change Intervals yes. In 50 years I have not experienced an Oil related failure and have only used Synthetic oil/Mobil 1 in this and my 88 Saabs... My last 88 c900 used the Saab 0W30 Turbo Oil, my non aspirated 900 used Quaker State Dino... Use what ever your comfortable with and change it at the oil manufacturers suggested Interval. I'm not going to argue for or against Mobil1... let people choose what they want, and now there's plenty to choose from. Oh, and regarding the soda fountain thing.... maybe there not saying they can make it better, maybe they just simply like the taste.I'm seriously not trying to start yet another oil war discussion. But I would say *yes* we have plenty of evidence that Mobil 1 is a great oil, because in the 4 1/2 years I've been on this forum, I've only read about one engine failure. Since most folks use Mobil 1, that's a great argument to continue to use it. Again, I'm not saying there aren't better oils out there. I agree, there probably are, but why mess with a good thing?
Honestly, I'm sure anyone using just about any synthetic out there wouldn't have an oil related problem....but again why chance it? If we were hearing about our motor crapping out at 150,000 or 200,000 miles, then I would understand why people would be looking to switch, but that's just not the case.
I bet you guys are the same ones I see at Taco Bell making the witches brew at the soda station. 'I can make it better if I add 1/4 Pepsi, 1/4 Mountain Dew, 1/4 lemonade and 1/4 Dr. Pepper'. Does it really taste better? Hell no! But you showed those darn marketing folks and product engineers that you can do it better!