If you’re a European supercar or a luxury vehicle owner, you know that it’s well within your best interest to protect your investment. Doing so involves regular maintenance and frequent oil changes. This is especially important if your vehicle is older or has over 100,000 miles.
The market for automotive oil is very lucrative and is estimated at having a net worth of $100 billion every year. So what’s the best kind of oil for your specific vehicle? There are two brands that most car enthusiasts trust, Amsoil and Mobil 1. Which of the two is the best? Also, what’s the difference between regular oil and synthetic? Read on to find out more!
Regular VS Synthetic Oil
Which is the better oil, regular or synthetic? The answer to this question depends on who you ask. Here at Otto’s European, we generally recommend that you follow the guidelines that the manufacturer puts out. There are some automobile professionals that will recommend that you use synthetic oil for vehicles will high mileage.
One of the main differences between regular and synthetic has to do with the molecular structure of the oil. Synthetic oil has a molecular structure that is smaller than that of regular oil, and this means less friction on the moving parts of your engine. In turn, less friction can mean less wear and tear. Synthetic oil tends to perform better in weather that is extremely cold or hot because it is more stable and prevents friction that extreme weather brings. Additionally, synthetic oil is refined differently than regular oil is, and also includes various additives, which usually means that there are fewer deposits left on your engine. These additives can help keep your engine cleaner as well.
Unbiased Way to Find Out Which Oil is Best
If you need an unbiased way to find out which oil is best for your car, one great way to do this is to test the miles per gallon your vehicle gets while using each oil. The reason this test is effective and unbiased is that the better an oil is, the better lubricated your vehicle will be, thus reducing engine friction and resistance.
Amsoil and Mobil 1
As it stands right now, it seems that Amsoil synthetic oil performs better than Mobil 1, according to most mechanics and automobile professionals. Most vehicles seem to get at least an increase of 2 mpg when using Amsoil, and some cars even get up to 4 mpg. While Mobil 1 does seem to increase mpg compared to regular oil, the increase wasn’t all that noticeable. Many drivers have also reported that the viscosity was below expectations as well, due to the faster than expected breakdown of the molecules in Mobil 1. Using Amsoil synthetic can greatly help increase the lifespan and optimize the performance of your engine, especially if you change your oil every 5,000 miles or so.
If you are looking for a professional European supercar and luxury car shop you can trust, give us a call here at Otto’s. We have two decades of experience working on every vehicle to come out of Europe. We offer fast, discreet service and get the job done right every time. We look forward to hearing from you.