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    Has anyone here had good or bad experience using Shell Rotella oil? I did some searching and dug up some old threads on other forums for reference.

    http://www.shellusserver.com/ubbthre...er=2639&page=5

    http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums...Number=2034558

    http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/showthread.php?t=63777

    http://saturnfans3.saturnfans.com/~s...ad.php?t=48520
    01' SL2
    Scat rods, hyper pistons, ported head, etc
    header, AEM WAI, MSD coil packs, walboro 255, etc
    5 speed swap

  • #2
    The performance shop has me using 15w-40 in my GTO which I just had a 383 Stroker put in. It is nice and cheap at least, but I assume it has a purpose cause why would they tell/put the Rotella for 5k or so in when there are so many other oils which most will use mobil 1/Royal Purp etc...
    2004 Pontiac GTO 383 Stroker: BIG CAM 2001 Saturn SL2: little cams
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    • #3
      Subaru crowd for one reason or other seems to love Rotella. The T6 is their full synthetic. They make a 5W-40 that would probably work pretty well in a Saturn engine. It has a much less likely chance to sheer then a 5W-30 Mobil 1 from heat as well.

      I'd say if you've got it available to you give it a shot, it should work out well.
      2002 Subaru WRX - 2012 Yeti SB66 MTB

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      • #4
        my machine shop guy told me to use it
        allegedly, it is more refined than 'car oil'
        sigpic-VOLVO 745T 175K MBC ...
        - 9 BOLT Aluminum Intake 3rd gen sedan... Beige... 160K

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        • #5
          just this last oil change i switched to rotella t5 wich is the synthetic blend 10w-30, seeing as how its 12$ for a 5qt jug of that vs 28$ for some high grade syenthetic i.e. mobil1 or penzoil platnium. With that being said so far i have no complaints i haven't burned very much at all in 2k. i plan on getting an annalsys of it in another 1k to see how its doing but i dont forsee any problems.

          i researched before the switch as well and found that alot of people use it in gas engines especialy in european cars so you should be plenty safe to go ahead and use it.
          95 sl2 5speed : CAI, Geo tb, sda tam, sprint 2.0, Kyb gr2
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          • #6
            If you also spot Castrol European Formula, that is supposed to be one of the better oils on the market. Advance sometimes has it, I know you can order it online as well from specialty suppliers. I think it is similar cost to Rotella.

            --Adam
            2002 Subaru WRX - 2012 Yeti SB66 MTB

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            • #7
              Yea all of my buddies that build Hondas use it in their cars too, just figured I'd check in here to make sure there's no horror stories before I poured it in. I did find one downside... around here they only sell 4.5 quart jugs and finding one extra quart of regular 10w30 is next to impossible lol. Once the new motor hits around 3k miles I'll switch it over to the T5 synthetic
              01' SL2
              Scat rods, hyper pistons, ported head, etc
              header, AEM WAI, MSD coil packs, walboro 255, etc
              5 speed swap

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              • #8
                T5 is not the synthetic, if you want their synthetic the T6 is the way to go.

                http://www.shell.com/home/Framework?...ucts_home.html
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                • #9
                  high nickel oils made for high milege deazel trucks are good oil for aney motor

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                  • #10
                    That's about it, they are used alot in diesels and tractors. Every tractor supply or farm store around here has it. I was told to run it in my fresh rebuild as it has higher nickel and zinc in it to help promote ring seating and healthy break in. I ran it for 2000 miles and then switched to Mobil 1. I got excellent compression but I still shoot the blues sometimes from bad valve seals. I knew I should have rebuilt my heads as well instead of just cleaning them up.

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                    • #11
                      [QUOTE=scottyr94;1361012]I was told to run it in my fresh rebuild as it has higher nickel and zinc in it to help promote ring seating and healthy break in. I ran it for 2000 miles and then switched to Mobil 1. [QUOTE]

                      we do this with every new build, street or race. but we don't put 2000 miles on then. its in for the first start up and runs till its at normal temp. then the rotella t5 is dumped (while hot) and mobil 1 goes in.
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                      • #12
                        I run the T6 5-40 in the toaster, and have for a little while. no problems at all
                        2012 Chevy Sonic LT Hatchback - 1.4T 6M - Trifecta tune and other stuff
                        1996 S10 Blazer - 350/700R4 - Knocking on the door of 400HP
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                        • #13
                          As mentioned, it's pretty popular stuff. I run the T6 in my Powerstroke and will probably do so in the Saturn when I change it next just because.
                          Tristan
                          1997 SC Turbo
                          1999 F-250 Powerstroke SD
                          1999 Cavalier RS

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                          • #14
                            Whenever it's on sale I use it. No problems with it, burns just as well as any other oil.
                            94 SC2, manual, the whore that won't die
                            96 SC2, auto, 146k, wife's car
                            96 Formula, LT1, T56, T-tops, gas guzzling whore

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