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Oil Change: My Volvo Retailer's Valvoline "durablend" (?) vs. Synthetic

I need an oil change, and when I asked what my options were (meaning regular vs. synthetic), my volvo retailer offered me either a "durablend" or a synthetic. Both are Valvoline, and the price difference is about $17, which I think is more than worth it for a synthetic. (Right?)<p>My question for you is this. <B>What is this "durablend", and are there any reasons <I>aside</I> from cost for why the two should be blended?</B> Any tips or comments would be much appreciated. <p>I'm obviously leaning toward the synthetic, but if any of you have any compelling reasons for going with the durablend (performance? longevity?), I'd like to hear them. Thanks.<BR><BR>
[Modified by Lisa62, 4:59 PM 10-2-2002]
 

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Re: Oil Change: My Volvo Retailer's Valvoline "durablend" (?) vs. Synthetic (Lisa62)

Lisa,<p>I assume that the "Durablend" is some sort of a synthetic blend...Forget that, you might as well go with dyno oil. If you ask me, I am all for synthetic. Choose a good synthetic (and Valvoline is pretty good) and change your oil every 7,500 miles or 12 months, whichever occurs first. I have always used synthetic oil even before I had turbocharged cars. By extending the intervals to 7,500 miles, you make up for the cost difference. Plus your baby is...babied! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Yannis
 

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Re: Oil Change: My Volvo Retailer's Valvoline "durablend" (GrecianVolvo)

Is it ok to switch to a synthetic blend after 180,000km? My car has never had a synthetic oil change. How do older engines react?
 

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Re: Oil Change: My Volvo Retailer's Valvoline "durablend" (?) vs. Synthetic (Lisa62)

I recall reading something about some of the mixed brands of dyno/synthetic now being able to be called synthetic. Mobil 1 recently changed the name of its true full synthetic product. I don't know the specifics but it is worth a few minutes of research to ensure you are getting full synthetic if that's what you are paying for.<p>The only issues I've heard of with older engines running synthetic is that they may leak or use a little more oil than with the traditional oil. My brother has over 260k original miles on his '92 Subaru SVX and over the years he has been using Valvoline's hybrid oil and Castrol GTX without any issues.<p>Synthetic will offer the best protection but at the end of the day the most important thing is to change your oil regularly. I personally run Mobil 1 in our cars.
 
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