Date registered: Dec 2008
Vehicle: w204 (C350ELE)
Location: Miami, Fl and Mar del Plata, Argentina
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The Mobil show has only an anecdotic value that, from what was exposed and pointed, meant that a car was run on a dyno, on what was called simulated highway conditions, for an equivalent to 1,000,000 Km (not miles Sokoloff) using a motor oil made with Mobil 1 formula components, but without validating standard additive proportions as in the product being sold.
The SAE paper, a Ford-Conoco endeavor, is quite conclusive: The results obtained from the fleet test is an indicator, not the prediction of a proven fact.
The value I see to all this, besides the tremendous scientific contribution to progress, plus the incentive for further research, and contributive backup to the data that catapulted synthetic lubricants to the top of the heap; is that some users will like them as a refuge to minimize their car maintenance. I could not establish especially extended replacement periods without an analysis of the oil as removed after progressively longer intervals.
This does not take from Mobil the fact that they pioneered the use of synthetic automotive motor oil with an excellent product. But the competition never sleeps and a motor oil developed in France was the first approved and used yet by Mercedes in Germany.
So taking the data, propaganda, results, and availability impartially is the best way to select among the approved motor oils. And yes, Mobil 1 European Formula 0W40 is the chosen star for the US market.
A car would show appreciation for preventive maintenance by never leaving his owner stranded.
Defensive Driving is never having to say you're sorry: a true love story between man and machine.