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  Motorcraft Synthetic-Blend Oil....any good? - Posted: 07-06-2006, 12:43 PM
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I went to AutoZone today to buy oil and a filter for my "new to me" 04' Ram. It's got 9000 miles on it, and the dealership that I bought it from said that changed it at 6500.

I was dead-set on getting Mobil-1 5w-30 for it.......but it was $5.80 a quart I saw the Motorcraft synthetic blend on the shelf for around $2.40 a quart, so I thought I would give that a try. I also picked up a Fram HP-1 filter since everyone on here has suggested them.

So here is my question......is the Motorcraft blended oil pretty good stuff? Are there any tests out there that show how close it is to a fully-synthetic oil? I know Mobil-1 is good stuff.....but is it really worth almost $6 a quart??? It sounds to me like the blended oil for $2.40 might be a great dear??

Thanks for the help.
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Autozone is not the best place to by Mobil-1. I think you can get 5 qt. at Walmart for around $20. Personally, I would stay away from Motorcraft because I don't want to take a chance on morphing into a Ford POS. You never know...
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That's for the very technical answer
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go here: bobistheoilguy.com

click on forums link

any and everything you ever wanted to know about oil

Consensus is that MC oil is good value for the price.

The Fram will be called the orange can of death.

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Motocraft is a good oil for 3K change intrevals, you are spending more than you should using Moble 1 and 3K change intrevals. IMHO
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If you use motorcraft, I would recommend NOT to switch brand. I do not know about the motorcraft syn oil but I have seen enough Ford vehicles started burning oil after switching from motorcraft oil to another brand.
I personally would not use it.
Many of people here use Mobil 1, and they don't seem to have any trouble with it. It's also available anywhere.
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I would stay away from motorCRAP (I mean motorcraft) oil, I have never hear anything good about it...Stick with Mobil 1 and as far as filters go, I haven't hear many people talk about using the fram. From what I have read, fram is one of the worst filters you can buy....Like WTJackalope said, check bob the oil guy web site, It has info on oil test and filter test as to which is better and fram filters are ranked low in tests....
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Well....I might just leave that Motorcraft oil in there for a week or two....then switch it over to Mobil-1.

As far as the filter goes....I've read sevearl posts saying that the Fram HP-1 filter is far better than the regular Fram filters...and ranks right up there with the K&N and Mobil-1 filters. The HP-1 filter is supposed to me a "racing" filter......but you never know.
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If they carry WIX filters in your area go with those. (NAPA gold is supposedly the same thing)
I have been using Mobil-1 and WIX for a while now. Good stuff.
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Wix and purolator are both good brands. Motorcraft oil is fairly good. Theirs nothing wrong with it,Its better than the vast majority of oil out their. (Speaking of conventional oil only). Run it to 2,000-3,000 miles and if you dont like the oil go back to mobil 1.
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I used Motorcraft syn-blend in my wifes SVT Cobra Mustang and it was a great motor oil. However I would not use it in my Ram, Mobile-1 and nothing else!

Motorcraft is blended for Fords, Dodge uses Mobile-1 as OE in alot of their vehicles. SRT-10, Viper, etc.
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Use Mobil-1 5w-30 or 10w-30 and Purolator filters for your 2004 Hemi. Synthetic blends including Motorcraft are not full synthetic and tend only to be pricier than conventional oils without much added benefit.
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  Synthetic Blend - Posted: 07-15-2006, 06:48 PM
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If you're going to buy a blend, you might as well go with the regular dino oil. For the price difference, there's not much difference in the oil quality itself. If you really want to take care of that new truck, you should go with a full synthetic. I personally use nothing but AMSOIL in my new truck. If you would like a dealer, shoot me an email. If not, then go with Mobil 1 or Castrol Syntec. Next to AMSOIL, those are the best.

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As far as the filter goes....I've read sevearl posts saying that the Fram HP-1 filter is far better than the regular Fram filters...and ranks right up there with the K&N and Mobil-1 filters. The HP-1 filter is supposed to me a "racing" filter......but you never know.
You are correct that the HP-1 is built slightly better than the regular Orange Filter but the problem comes in with filtration. The HP-1 is a racing filter and is not designed for street use. Because of this filtration efficiency is very low.

The Motorcraft oil is a good oil for the cost. If that is your price point that would be the oil to use.
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Thanks for the info. I guess I got some bad info on the HP-1. I've seen several posts on here saying that the HP-1 was the best filter to use......I guess I'll have to switch to a Wix or Mobil-1 filter.

Thanks again.
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I changed the oil on my 06 and used motorcraft oil and have run it for 2000 miles and see no difference,only price.I also used this oil in my mustang and it was fine.The main thing you need to be concerned with is your oil filter.
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