Posted by Marc Gerges on March 19, 2008, 4:04 pm
I always wonder why the standard Toyota service interval in Europe is
every 15000 km - roughly 10000 miles.
Posted by Tomes on March 19, 2008, 8:34 pm
A better grade of oil in Europe is my belief.
Posted by Marc Gerges on March 19, 2008, 10:40 pm
It quotes SAE on the can.
My belief goes to a possibility for money being made.
Posted by Tomes on March 19, 2008, 11:37 pm
"Marc Gerges" ...
I have read in other posts that the SAE in the US is inferior to whatever
the standard (which has different acronyms) in Europe. I am hoping that
someone who knows about this will pipe up.
Posted by David Kelly on March 20, 2008, 4:09 am
I have read in other news groups that the moon is made of green cheese.
Doesn't make it so. SAE standards are the same world wide. Its just that
in some parts of the world SAE and API are not the last word.
In Europe taxes and other government overhead compound to drive motor
oil prices to over $0/quart for the cheap stuff. Lets say an engine
costs $000 to replace. How often would you change oil to extend usable
engine life from 250,000 to 300,000 miles? Keep in mind how much (or how
little) a car with 250,000 miles is worth.
Oil required for European drain intervals must meet ACEA standards (not
SAE, not API), many of which focus on extended drain.
Mobil-1 has or had an extended drain formula in the USA last year
meeting ACEA A1/A5, B1/B5. Looking just now "Mobil 1 Extended
Performance 10W-30" and the plain old Mobil 1 10W-30 meet those ACEA
specs. The 5W-30 only meets A1,B1.