Jordan Rimpela
Jordan Rimpela Digital Editor
9/11/19 11:12 a.m.

Paid Article Presented by Motul

 

Choosing motor oil for an older car—be it 20 years old or 100—is never straightforward. Why? Simple: Oil—like almost every other part we install on our cars—comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes. And modern cars, with modern emissions and fuel economy targets, have only added to the complexity. Shop for oil, and you’ll need to answer the following questions: What weight do I need? Is my car in need of “modern” oil? What is ZDDP, and why do all these bottles say it keeps my engine alive? Is it true that synthetic oil will harm my classic? Isn’t all oil the same, anyway?

Questions need answers, so we spoke with Motul’s Technical Director, Joey Cabrera. He’s in charge of getting the right oil into the right applications at Motul, and he agreed to help us dispel some of the most common myths. Never heard of Motul? You’re one of a few: Started in 1853, they’ve long been known as a premium oil brand, and they claim some quite notable firsts, like introducing the first multigrade lubricant in 1953 and the first semi-synthetic lubricant for cars in 1966.

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spitfirebill
spitfirebill MegaDork
9/11/19 11:38 a.m.

Great.  If they could just figure how to market their oil.  

AlcantaraFTW
AlcantaraFTW New Reader
9/12/19 8:50 a.m.

Speaking with expert tribologists from the likes of DysonAnalysis, I've often heard Motul makes great marketing for a just-ok oil. Can't say that type of thing on a Subaru forum where people swear on their mothers that switching to $100 of gear oil fixed their transmission issues.

It seems oil is far more complicated than just "which brand is best"...

chaparral
chaparral Dork
9/12/19 10:30 a.m.

I had ten years with no kart engine failures running Avgas and Motul 800. I switched and started having them...

spitfirebill
spitfirebill MegaDork
9/12/19 10:57 a.m.
AlcantaraFTW said:

Speaking with expert tribologists from the likes of DysonAnalysis, I've often heard Motul makes great marketing for a just-ok oil. Can't say that type of thing on a Subaru forum where people swear on their mothers that switching to $100 of gear oil fixed their transmission issues.

It seems oil is far more complicated than just "which brand is best"...

By marketing I mean get it to the damned store so I can buy it.  

amg_rx7
amg_rx7 SuperDork
9/12/19 3:14 p.m.
spitfirebill said:
AlcantaraFTW said:

Speaking with expert tribologists from the likes of DysonAnalysis, I've often heard Motul makes great marketing for a just-ok oil. Can't say that type of thing on a Subaru forum where people swear on their mothers that switching to $100 of gear oil fixed their transmission issues.

It seems oil is far more complicated than just "which brand is best"...

By marketing I mean get it to the damned store so I can buy it.  

That’s called distribution :)

spitfirebill
spitfirebill MegaDork
9/12/19 5:20 p.m.

In reply to amg_rx7 :

Then they should get it to the GD market. 

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