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Got a local oil supplier trying to get me to switch to a bulk oil system. The brand he sells is called Total. I think it is pronounced "toe-taal" ? It is supposed to be some kind of European oil. Anyone heard of it or know anything about it?

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Absolutely. Total is a big European brand of oil, and FYI European oil standards are much more stringent than here in the US. The garbage Mobil 1 sells as a synthetic does not fly over there.

 

Anyway, Total is good stuff, as is LiquiMoly. Both brands that I use.

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The garbage Mobil 1 sells as a synthetic does not fly over there.

 

That garbage seems to allow engines last well beyond 200,000 miles... Sorry, I'm no European oil expert, and sure, it might be better than what we use here, but garbage? Really?

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SAAB, Sprinter/Freightliner; BMW it's Castrol, no?

 

 

I just cheked the net..mobil one is second to factory fill for BMW. Mobil Tri Syn was first on list for MB. Just wanted to be sure I hadnt lost my mind.

 

 

The Castrol that BMW uses has BMW's German certs (LL01-LL04). The Mobile 1 that is used in Mercedes is 0-W40 which has Mercedes certs. Its right on the bottle. Anything without say even Mobil 5W30 does not carry the correct certs.

 

Does it make a difference? Possibly. Certainly only over time. It is a quality and marketing position we take in using the 100% correct stuff in our client's vehicles.

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The Castrol that BMW uses has BMW's German certs (LL01-LL04). The Mobile 1 that is used in Mercedes is 0-W40 which has Mercedes certs. Its right on the bottle. Anything without say even Mobil 5W30 does not carry the correct certs.

 

Does it make a difference? Possibly. Certainly only over time. It is a quality and marketing position we take in using the 100% correct stuff in our client's vehicles.

 

Well, from my experience I have seen a difference in fleet performance. Sprinters that have been maintained with the proper oil have easily done over 300k miles, while those that have come in off the street their turbos have failed around 115- to 180k miles. (gas MB 229.3, 229.31,229.5, 229.51;diesel MB288.51, 229.31, 299.51)

 

Of course a good quality oil filter is a must, some of the early turbo failures I have seen had installed cheap filters or they didn't replace the oil filter.

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