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Best oil?

I have heard numerous recommendations for oils to use in these old accords (Mine is a 92 LX AT w/154k). So my question is: Which oil performs best?

I've been using valvoline semi-syn for high mileage and havent been impressed. Thought I'd ask for others opinions before I make a switch at the next service.
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I have not compared many, but I get amazing performance out of Kendall full synthetic with titanium.
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I've been using valvoline semi-syn for high mileage and havent been impressed.
What does that mean and what does it have to do with how well the oil is performing? The best oil would be the one that Honda calls for and is changed on a regular basis.
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From one of the most knowledgeable people on here:

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If it were my car I wouldn't be running that.

Castrol (as well as Valvoline) has had a recent history of not passing all of the specs they claim to "exceed".

Based on their product data sheets, the oil is slightly thicker than other brands at both hot and cold, and the colder it gets the thicker it is. Their 5w20 is actually much thicker at very, very cold temps than their 5w30.

It could be draining out of the vtc actuator more easily. It could be as simple as that. or not.

I'd be looking at the following oils:

Shell and their sister brands, Pennzoil and Quaker State. (both are owned by Shell)
The Shell oil is usually less expensive, but just as good.
Motorcraft Semi Syn 5w20 and other ConocoPhillips oils. It seems now that's who makes MC oil, as well as Honda's US factory fill and dealer oil.
Kendall is made by ConocoPhillips.
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Its an older car. Which means the motor probably isn't in brand new condition. I work in an automotive shop and have tried all of the oils that are out there (basically). Best for higher mileage cars, DELO 15W-40.


http://asia.vtec.net/topics/oil1.html

This is a link that describes what oil Honda actually recommends in other countries for their cars.

"In the Malaysian market at least, Honda officially markets two grades of engine oil. The "Honda Engine Oil" is a semi-synthetic 15W-40 oil which is recommended for all Honda engines, including the super high spec'ed DOHC VTEC and DOHC iVTEC versions."

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asmoil synthetic is number 1
Especially for finding all those pesky leaks in higher mileage motors.

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I was always taught mobile synthetic 1 is the best balance of realistic $$ to protection
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I was always taught mobile synthetic 1 is the best balance of realistic $$ to protection
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I was always taught mobile synthetic 1 is the best balance of realistic $$ to protection

taught wrong

buy dino oil in the right spec - change it often - like every 5-6K - or when the MM says...all the attributes of synthetic are if you don't want to change your oil in 15K - or run a NYC taxicab. Yes syn protects a bit better at start up BUT NOT SO MUCH that a engine of 120 K is going to be a better engine...The truth is not THAT much..

The synthetics were made at the request of car mfrs that wanted to extend the oil intervals and also protect their lease cars (50% of what they sold) against idiots that never changed the oil....

The truth is we put syn in becasue we are hobbyists and want to believe that it's the best we can do for the engine...and yes, for years I used to be this exact way.....
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Way too many threads on this same topic.

Best oil to use for accords.
Which Oil Is Best?
Best Conventional Motor Oil?
best synthetic oil for 2010 honda accord exl?
What is your favorite synthetic oil brand?
Oil Type for 2010 Accord
What oil are you running with?
Honda Genuine Oil vs. Mobil1
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People misunderstand the real point of synthetic, and get caught on the sales hype. The reason I use it is my engine will be cleaner at 200k miles than someone using dino.
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People misunderstand the real point of synthetic, and get caught on the sales hype. The reason I use it is my engine will be cleaner at 200k miles than someone using dino.
The reason I use delo 15w40 is because my engine is cleaner at 275,000 miles than your motor.

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The reason I use delo 15w40 is because my engine is cleaner at 275,000 miles than your motor.
Congratulations. I will stick with 0 or 5w20 synthetic, not adding significant carbon buildup.
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11,500 miles on Quaker State conventional:

http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums...Number=2523804

Very good UOA imo.
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