Synthetic Oils are now coming in more and more vehicles as standard fills and consumers are loving the convenience of extended drain intervals. You can expect synthetic lubricants to outpace the sales of petroleum oils in the years to come.
Why are synthetic oils getting all the attention? For starters some synthetic oil manufacturer's are actually guaranteeing a specific oil drain intervals. Some as high as 25,000 miles and others are starting to experiment with 10,000 to 15,000 miles. At any rate the facts are starting to show that synthetic oils can easily withstand drain intervals well past the typical 3,000 mile drain intervals that some quick lubes still try to preach.
The conflicting information on when is the best time to change your oil can go from one end to the other, so who do you believe? The tide is slowly shifting to the standard that all of Europe has been on for decades. Oil change intervals in all of Europe are a generous 25,000 miles or 1 year.
This is why you will more then likely see synthetic oil as the standard oil in most new cars. In fact you will probably see this day come well within the next 10 years. Most consumers today are leaning towards convenience and paying slightly higher prices for high quality synthetic oil. Longer drain intervals not only make practical sense, but the longer we can stretch drain intervals then the less waste oil there is to dispose of.
GM is about to introduce a brand new oil spec in the next coming months that will have nearly their entire fleet on extended oil drains. And what happens when one manufacturer goes out on a limb with a new concept? Other manufacturer's are sure to follow GM's lead. In Europe drivers experience the same drain interval no matter kind of car they drive, typically 20,000+ miles.
Although the United States has been far behind the rest of the world in developing high quality synthetic oils, they are now catching up. There are a few very good synthetic lubricants right here in the United States and in fact one will guarantee an interval of 25,000 miles. Do your own research and listen to others that already have experience with extended drain intervals. Once you see the dramatic performance difference you will become a believer.
Our past predictions have all come to pass and every one of them as been right on. No one believed us when we said the 3,000 mile oil change interval would be extinct, but as most can plainly see that day is already here.
Is it a stretch to say synthetic oil will be common place in the next 10 years? Hardly not, we see this as a very conservative estimate, but you don't have to wait any longer to start experiencing the benefits of high quality synthetic lubricants.
Author-Steve Tarini has over 14 years experience in the synthetic lubricant industry and over 30 years of mechanical service including aircraft, cars, trucks and motorcycles. Being around a wide variety of equipment over the years has pointed me towards a lot of different oils over the years, but clearly the Best Oil has always been Amsoil. See for yourself.