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#1 Old 02-10-2007, 05:18 PM
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Mobil1 not fully synthetic?

I have been following Internet discussions concerning recent testing of Mobil1 oil. Apparently a chromatograph analysis reveled that Mobil1 is not fully synthetic oil and contains element of Group III, which are mineral based. Mobil kept quiet for a long time though recently there were emails sent from Mobil admitting that that really is the case. Moreover, the most recent Mobil1 bottles DO NOT HAVE text “Fully synthetic”! It makes me wonder when Mobil did the switch and how does it affect performance of the Mobil1 oil. There are rumors stating that the switch was to maximize profit as the Group III products are cheaper and of course of lesser quality.

There is a relative newcomer on the market – Pennzoil Platinum fully synthetic oil that receives very high marks and won a best oil award last November. Given the unclear situation with Mobil1 I am considering switching to Pennzoil Platinum (PP).

Here are prices from Walmart:

5QT bottle:
M1 - $23.62, PP - $19.97

1QT bottles:
M1 - $5.97, PP - $4.97

I am sure that the PP is not of lesser quality. And the fact that it is fully synthetic assures me of its performance. And the price is right as well. I will also go back to Nissan OEM oil filters and quit using overpriced Mobil1 filter.

Somehow I have this feeling that bean counters and profit maximizers are trying to screw a good product – Mobil1 Super Synch oil……

What do you think guys?

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I've heard for a while now that Mobil One is no longer a full synthetic. Syntec hasn't been a full synthetic for even longer than that. As far as I am concerned, the longevity of an oil is determined by its additive package, whereas its flow characteristics in extreme heat and cold is based on its synthetic vs conventional properties. So if I were to think of "how many miles" I could go without changing the oil, I would consider the overall additive package (like Mobil's supersyn) but if I was constantly starting the car in -30F weather or 120F stop and go traffic, then the "synthetic" element would factor in as well.

BTW, the only difference between Mobil One and Mobil One EP is that EP has "50% more supersyn additive."

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Eric,
I understand what are you trying to say. The question which still remains unanswered is when Mobil1 became not fully synthetic? And how it affected its performance? How does it compare to Pennzoil Platinum, which is fully synthetic? Is Mobil1 worth the premium price we are paying for it?

I just bought 2 five qt bottles of Mobil1 for this weekend change in both FX and Murano. It will give me a time to think about other alternatives....

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04 FX35, AWD, Touring loaded, Garmin Nuvi 3590LMT, Fumoto oil valve
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I see what you are getting at Kris. I've used Penzoil synthetic on the Maxima and it was fine. To be honest, I am pretty certain that as long as you change oil frequently (every 5000 miles), *any* 5w30 oil will keep your engine in great shape, so I doubt the difference in "synthetic-ness" between M1 and PP can even be measured.

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I am convinced it's PP for Me !


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Re: I am convinced it's PP for Me !

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Ok Don, but why?

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Re: Re: I am convinced it's PP for Me !

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Ok Don, but why?
Just beacuse of you Kris and second i don't like being mislead.

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The following is from the Mobil 1 website:

Is Mobil 1 with SuperSyn Technology a fully synthetic motor oil?

Yes, it is. To meet the demanding requirements of today's specifications (and our customers' expectations), Mobil 1 with SuperSyn uses high-performance fluids, including polyalphaolefins (PAOs), along with a proprietary system of additives. Each Mobil 1 with SuperSyn viscosity grade uses a unique combination of synthetic fluids and selected additives in order to tailor the viscosity grade to its specific application.


Where does the truth lie?

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Is lie the operative word


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Truth: Amsoil is still the king!

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The following is from the Mobil 1 website:

Is Mobil 1 with SuperSyn Technology a fully synthetic motor oil?

Yes, it is. To meet the demanding requirements of today's specifications (and our customers' expectations), Mobil 1 with SuperSyn uses high-performance fluids, including polyalphaolefins (PAOs), along with a proprietary system of additives. Each Mobil 1 with SuperSyn viscosity grade uses a unique combination of synthetic fluids and selected additives in order to tailor the viscosity grade to its specific application.


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Show me some verifiable studies so I can sue Mobil 1 for false advertising. Otherwise it is just anecdotal evidence most likely spread by Pennzoil to boost their own sales.
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ekaxel,

I would not be so sure. Their XL oil, which they call Synthetic does have Group III base oil.....

Murano_Rat,
just do some research. I believe Mobil1 used to be fully synthetic, or PAO based. However, they started using Group III oils as did many of their competitors and still call it fully synthetic. There was a ruling in 1999 that allowed Castrol call their oil synthetic even though it contained Group III oils.

My question is, as I do believe Mobil 1 now contains Group III oils, how does it affect its performance? And remember Mobil only says "full synthetic" which may mean use of Group III oils.

There is a great article on Pao v. Group III worth reading. It does show that Group III has a very good performance rivaling PAO based oils.

Anyway, Mobil is suspiciously quiet. I guess after bashing everybody for years for not fully synthetic oils they joined the club.

Still my question is :"how does it affect performance of the Mobil1"? Is the price justifiable?

I do not want to get to argument why Mobil did it (corporate greed it is), my question is technical. Show me the performance....

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Maybe so. I NEVER considered using the Amsoil XL oil. It was just put out there to compete withe the pretenders. Series 2000 0W30, EAO36 filetr every 10000 or 1 year, whichever comes first...

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Interesting article Kris. So then, Mobil 1 should cut the price accordingly to reflect the new mineral base oil they apparently use

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