The Best Motor Oil Brands

by Jeremy Dunn
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Most vehicle owners change their oil every 3,000 miles. Engine oil is a vital component of vehicle maintenance. Consumers have different ways of deciding which products to use based on several factors. Quality and price are two priorities for vehicle owners when selecting a motor oil brand. Furthermore, you should consider the dependability, longevity and credibility of the motor oil company as well as the vehicle manufacturer's preference.


Castrol Motor Oil is a leading motor oil brand in the industry. In fact, Popular Mechanics magazine named Castrol as the favorite motor oil brand of consumers in 2009. The types of motor oil Castrol provides include the conventional Castrol GTX, Castrol high mileage for vehicles exceeding 75,000 miles, Castrol Syntec, Castrol Syntec Blend and Castrol Edge. The company introduced the Castrol Edge type in 2009 to enhance the performance of vehicles with special circumstances, such as towing and hauling, stop and go traffic conditions, and extreme temperatures.


Pennzoil is another popular motor oil brand. Pennzoil offers a wide array of motor oils for different needs based on mileage and type of vehicle. Pennzoil Ultra is a full synthetic that keeps the surface of essential engine parts uncontaminated from dirt and sludge buildup. Pennzoil Platinum is an advanced full synthetic motor oil that cleans up to 46 percent of sludge in the initial oil change. Their synthetic oils increase engine protection. Pennzoil SUV and Minivan blends combine conventional oil and synthetic oil, providing added protection against contamination on larger vehicles. Pennzoil also manufactures conventional oil and motor oil designed for high-mileage vehicles.

Mobil 1

Mobil 1 is another high-profile motor oil brand. Mobil 1 has a line of different levels of motor oil, such as Mobil Extended Performance, Mobil Clean 7500, Mobil Clean 5000 and Mobil 1 High Mileage. The Extended Performance formula guarantees protection of vital engine components for up to 15,000 miles.


AMSOIL is an environmentally-conscious company formulating extended life synthetic motor oils that offer engine protection up to 7,500 miles or six months. AMSOIL also provides specialty motor oils, such as the synthetic European engine oil, which provides protection for European-branded cars and trucks. The Premium Protection brand suits the needs of diesel-powered vehicles. You can purchase AMSOIL products online or at a local AMSOIL dealer.

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