What is the best oil brand for old engines?
Looking for suggestions for a very thirsty car.
Is your car thirsty like an alcoholic on Saint Patrick’s day? If the answer is “No”, you are a lucky person. I recently had some issues with the second hand car I purchased a few months ago, one of them is a high level of engine oil consumption. Since the issue showed up, the car has been checked more than once. There are no oil leaks or blue smoke coming out from the exhaust. The car is a relatively old (2000) VW Golf MK4, with a relatively small engine (1.4). Of course there are some minor issues here and there, you can read the recap of my last misadventures here.
Anyway, I’ve been told to check and eventually refill the oil every thousand kilometres. I am not an expert, but I wonder if the fact I’ve driven the car mostly on long distance trips and in the hot weather of an Italian summer, affects the consumption of oil. Since I “don’t know nothing” like Jon Snow, I did a bit of research to figure out which could be a good brand of engine oil and if it would make the difference.
Apparently Catrol's oils are on top of the list. Either the Castrol Edge Professional Longlife III 5W30 and the Castrol Edge Titanium FST 5W30 perform well when the engine is under stress, thanks to their level of viscosity. The Titanium is particularly indicate for engine that are required to reach high levels of speed or are due to run for many miles all at once.
The Tamoil 9581 10W40 looks the most indicate for a car with the same issues ad mine. A four liters can costs around 23 Euro and the high level of viscosity helps to lower consumption, especially on cars that are used often for long trips. It's half the price of the Castrol oils I mentioned above, and probably a good solution.
Higher in price (around 50 Euro) there's the Petronas Syntium 3000 AV 5W-40. This oil, thanks to the CoolTechTM technolgy, helps to better cool down the parts that are subject to overheating.
Suitable for every car brand other than for its own, the Opel Dexos2 5W30, it's a fully syntetich oil that helps to increase the performance, making the engine running smoother and reducing the noise.
As I said above, I'm not an expert, so I'd like to hear some personal experiences from actual people rather than reading reviews on the internet. Which kind of engine oil do you use? Have you even experienced high consumption levels alike mines? If so, did you find a good oil to reduce, even if in part the issue?