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Date registered: Feb 2012
Vehicle: 1990 300SEL (the new daily), Lexus LS (my baby), Range Rover (LOL), Acura CL-S (yes)
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Oils: I would not mess with semi-synthetic. What's the point? It has all the bad properties of dino oil (e.g., degrading with time), at a price not much cheaper than real synthetic. I guess it's a matter of personal preference, but if I were you, I'd just import a load of Mobil 1 from the US (or Dubai or whatever) and be done with it for a few years.
Off-topic ramblings below:
Saudi kids: Well, we were kids. They were not "troublemakers" any more than regular teenagers are troublemakers. I do remember how cartoonish it was that ALL of their fathers drove white Rolls Royces, true to the most cartoonish stereotypes of Saudis. Since then, I've had contact with some moneyed young Arabs, and, well, they're like rich young people everywhere. Sorry that I don't have any specific opinions about them being "bad kids," because they're no different from anyone else. I do have some funny stories about how some of them humorously dealt with / reacted to post-2001 anti-Arab sentiment in the US, but that's a story for another time.
The only interesting observation I have about young Saudi men IN SAUDI ARABIA (not those studying abroad) is that they are REALLY into their hobbies. I mean, really, obsessively into these very specific hobbies. Like, I can imagine (just making this up, but I think an accurate representation) a Saudi guy who spends all his free time, say, building completely realistic models of vintage Mercedes diesel engines. I guess because traditionally, free time (outside work and religious obligations) is spent only at home, and it's not like guys go to bars to hang out and pick up chicks.
My other observation is, the Saudi binge drinking I've observed in Dubai. Yikes. Understandable when their only exposure to alcohol is a "boys' night out in Dubai" once a month or so.
I'll send you a PM and we can talk more without cluttering the forum.