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Old 01-06-2009, 02:16 PM   #1
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i was just wondering if they sell castrol syntec 0w30 in the big 5 quart jugs? its more expensive to buy each quart individually.
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Old 01-06-2009, 02:36 PM   #2
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that's a good question and one I'd like to know the answer to myself. My local Autozone hooks me up when I buy 8qt or more but I never thought to ask them if they can even get the big jugs.
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Old 01-06-2009, 02:55 PM   #3
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yeah usually any good jug of synthetic is running about 20-30 bucks i spend 40 bucks on 5 idividual quarts of 0w30 plus 15 for the filter thats a 60 dollar oil change
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Old 01-06-2009, 03:00 PM   #4
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^^ I feel ya', man. Slightly less frequent oil changes don't really save us much, huh?

FYI: That's about what I'm paying for individual qt.'s as well btw. I get them for about $6 a pop when I buy 8+.
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Old 01-06-2009, 03:11 PM   #5
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I've never seen it at any store in anything but the single quarts. I get it for just under $6 at my local store.
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Old 01-06-2009, 03:31 PM   #6
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yeah usually any good jug of synthetic is running about 20-30 bucks i spend 40 bucks on 5 idividual quarts of 0w30 plus 15 for the filter thats a 60 dollar oil change
$15 for a filter ?
What kind are you using? Paranoid cut all them open and the OEM was the best. Like $8. The ripoff is $1.60 for a damn washer.
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Old 01-06-2009, 03:35 PM   #7
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i was just wondering if they sell castrol syntec 0w30 in the big 5 quart jugs? its more expensive to buy each quart individually.
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Old 01-06-2009, 04:18 PM   #8
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$15 for a filter ?
What kind are you using? Paranoid cut all them open and the OEM was the best. Like $8. The ripoff is $1.60 for a damn washer.
m1 filter is like 12.99 at autozone, cheaper than k&n at $22.
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Old 01-06-2009, 04:28 PM   #9
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where do you guys find GC??

i use to run M1 and i want to switch...every autoparts store within 10 miles is out of my regular M1 5-30w
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Old 01-06-2009, 05:07 PM   #10
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autozone is the only place ive found it at.
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Old 01-06-2009, 05:12 PM   #11
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gc has made me a believer , i have 1100 miles on gc and same oil level. m1 would of burned off an entire quart already.
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Old 01-06-2009, 05:13 PM   #12
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where do you guys find GC??

i use to run M1 and i want to switch...every autoparts store within 10 miles is out of my regular M1 5-30w
that is lucky for you

that m1 is purest garbage

that and RP....ANYTHING else is better
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Old 01-06-2009, 07:19 PM   #13
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that is lucky for you

that m1 is purest garbage

that and RP....ANYTHING else is better
that's what i've read and i'm done with M1. i switched to M1 because the previous owner ran RP lol, and it was burning too much oil for me (1qt/1k miles). the M1 seemed to work well, and it wasn't burning up

but i found some GC tonight- the green type which i thought was replaced with the gold type...but this stuff was made in late 08 by the date code

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Old 01-06-2009, 09:06 PM   #14
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^^^

The gold stuff has been around for longer then that so maybe its just different packaging. I believe it was say 'Made in Germany' then again I could be wrong. In any case I dont think any has any proof that Gold is better then Green. However its been a very very long time since I researched that....
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Ive seen it here in WA at Autozone and b&b
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Mobil 1 0W40 is a lot better than 5W30, at least according to Mercedes techs I've talked to. Its the only Mobil 1 approved by MB.
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Mobil 1 0W40 and Castrol 0W30 meet similar (if not identical) specs from different manufacturers (like VW, BMW and MB)

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Old 01-07-2009, 08:24 AM   #18
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Last time I went to get GC at autozone, there was Castrol Syntec 0W30 in front, but didn't have the "European formula" text and said "made in North America" or something on the back and had white background for 0W30, IIRC, instead of red. I had to dig back on the shelf to find the German Castrol that I've always bought. Hopefully, Autozone isn't replacing the GC with this new version.
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Old 01-07-2009, 09:47 AM   #19
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Last time I went to get GC at autozone, there was Castrol Syntec 0W30 in front, but didn't have the "European formula" text and said "made in North America" or something on the back and had white background for 0W30, IIRC, instead of red. I had to dig back on the shelf to find the German Castrol that I've always bought. Hopefully, Autozone isn't replacing the GC with this new version.
your scaring me, typical of them though as soon as we find something we like they pull it. there probably goin to relable it as a new super formula and sell it for twice as much, they could with all the hype on all the auto forums.
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Old 01-07-2009, 09:48 AM   #20
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also i think i might try the m1 0w40 next and give updates on that.
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Old 01-07-2009, 09:57 AM   #21
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I really don't understand the draw to the german 0w blablabla. I've ALWAYS used Castrol 5w30 (what our manufacturer reccomends-go figure, stupid me), and never had any problems with it. I burnt MAYBE a .5 qt between changes on my 02 WRX when it had 70k miles. I burn about .5 in the 05 LGT with 55K miles. I burn .0 on the 08 STI with 18k miles. I change them 4-5k mile intervals. The best part about Castrol Syntech 5w30 is, you can get it in a 5qt jug at Wal-Mart for about $25 bucks. It used to be about $20, until this recent jump in prices. To each his own I guess, but my oil changes run about $35 instead of the about mentinoed $60

If it's too cold or nasty out, I take it to the local Jiffy Lube, bring all my oil, and filter, and they only charge me like $10 to swap it out (or a pizza). I watch them very closely too. I tell them "Just swap out the oil and filter, no need to touch nothing else, I just changed the air filter, aired the tires bla bla bla"

Who buys washers?
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Old 01-07-2009, 10:10 AM   #22
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well i just wanted to test it, i am watching it closely if i reach 3000 miles with litle to no consumption i will continue to use 0w30, but if it starts eating it again i will probably go back to syntec 5w30.
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Last time I went to get GC at autozone, there was Castrol Syntec 0W30 in front, but didn't have the "European formula" text and said "made in North America" or something on the back and had white background for 0W30, IIRC, instead of red. I had to dig back on the shelf to find the German Castrol that I've always bought. Hopefully, Autozone isn't replacing the GC with this new version.
What you are seeing is old-stock US made version of Castrol Syntec 0W-30. My local AutoZone store has some as well. You need to make sure you look for the "Made in Germany" on the rear label:


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I really don't understand the draw to the german 0w blablabla. I've ALWAYS used Castrol 5w30 (what our manufacturer reccomends-go figure, stupid me), and never had any problems with it. I burnt MAYBE a .5 qt between changes on my 02 WRX when it had 70k miles. I burn about .5 in the 05 LGT with 55K miles. I burn .0 on the 08 STI with 18k miles. I change them 4-5k mile intervals. The best part about Castrol Syntech 5w30 is, you can get it in a 5qt jug at Wal-Mart for about $25 bucks. It used to be about $20, until this recent jump in prices. To each his own I guess, but my oil changes run about $35 instead of the about mentinoed $60
The draw to GC is the fact that it is a unique formulation (versus say the Syntec 5W-30 or Syntec 10W-30) that meets all sorts of European car oil specifications (see image above) and has proven to be a very 'stout' oil that works well in many different applications, including turbo-charged Subaru engines. It is a 'true' synthetic oil, unlike the Group-III based Syntec 5W-30. I'm sure Syntec 5W-30 is just fine for most folks, but if you're looking for Castrol's best synthetic oil in North America, 0W-30 is it.
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What you are seeing is old-stock US made version of Castrol Syntec 0W-30. My local AutoZone store has some as well. You need to make sure you look for the "Made in Germany" on the rear label:
Yes, I know - I've been buying German Castrol for probably the last 10 oil changes. The US-made 0W30 was stocked in front of the GC 0W30. And I've never seen the US-made 0W30 in Autozone before - not even a price tag for it - the GC 0W30 was the only Castrol Syntec 0W30 that I've ever seen in my local Autozone before this.
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And I've never seen the US-made 0W30 in Autozone before - not even a price tag for it ...
And you likely never will see a seperate/different price tag for the US-made 0W-30, as AutoZone doesn't consider it a different SKU from the German-made 0W-30. Anyway, sounds like you know what to look for
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