Is High Mileage Oil Worth It?

is high mileage oil worth itIs high mileage oil worth it? If cost is the only concern, then the answer is definitely, yes. Supertech Oil at Walmart costs the same  whether you buy high mileage oil or regular, making it a no-brainer if you believe the oil is actually good for your older car. Obviously, high mileage oil is only for older cars. Most brands of high mileage oil are advertised for cars with 75,000 miles or over. I’ve been running high mileage oil in two different cars – my daughter’s Acura with 196,000 miles on it and my son’s VW Jetta with 114,000 miles on it. Here’s why I think the high mileage oil is worth using on older cars:

What Does High Mileage Oil Do?

We all know that as cars get older, they develop oil leaks.  Oil pan gaskets, drain plug washers and other seals develop small, annoying leaks over time. High mileage oil is made with some additives which are designed to help seal things up and make the engine tighter, run better and hopefully prevent some of those embarrassing leaks your old car is leaving in the driveway of your friends and relatives. I’ve got two really old cars, so I have some experience with addressing numerous leaks. Even if the question is high mileage oil worth it for those leaks alone, I would be inclined to say, yes, since it really does.

Is High Mileage Oil Worth It?

High mileage oil has definitely worked for the Acura. We bought this car with 160,000 miles on it and while it had no major leaking, it did have small leaks developing in the drain plug and around the oil pan gasket. When I first changed the oil, I put in about 4.5 quarts of Supertech High Mileage Oil from Walmart, along with a FRAM, high-mileage Oil Filter. I sealed it up with a new oil drain plug and washer and for a while the leak appeared to be worse. Clean, fresh, high mileage oil was coming straight out of the drain plug – just a very slow drip. I monitored it for a few days and told my daughter to keep it out of people’s driveways before she eventually daughter drove it off to college for the winter semester. A couple of weeks later, when my daughter came for a visit, I noticed the oil leak was completely gone – and it stayed that way until the next oil change when the same process repeated it self. High Mileage oil obviously goes to work sealing leaks while you’re running it for extended periods of time. Over time, minor leaks appear to completely vanish. Both the VW Jetta and Acura are running strong today with no leaks and 1 and 2 years of running high mileage oil in them. Does brand matter?

Supertech Oil

supertech oilLong before I began using high mileage oil, I’ve used regular ol, 5W30 Supertech Oil from Amazon or Walmart and have never had a problem. I wouldn’t hesitate to use Supertech Oil for the first oil change on a brand new car. A 5 Quart container of Supertech oil costs $14.63 – both for the high mileage version or regular. Expect to pay around $20.00 for a fully, synthetic version of Supertech oil.


Top 10 Car Insurance Companies

top 10 car insurance companiesEvery year JD Power and Associates ranks the Top 10 car insurance companies from top-to-bottom. While 2012 is over half-way behind us, it takes a while for the results of the previous year to be calculated. In reality, JD Power ranks 32 Auto insurers in all. We could easily publish them all, but who in the world is going to want to call an auto insurance company that couldn’t even make the top-10? The Top-10 Car Insurance Companies is probably a more meaningful list to give us a starting point in choosing the best match for our needs. Auto insurance companies are ranked on a variety of criteria:

Top 10 Car Insurance Companies

Ratings Criteria

  • Experience of Customer
  • Options Offered by Car Insurance Company
  • Policies offered by Auto Insurer
  • Quality of Billing and Payment
  • Policy and Premium Pricing

Let’s be honest: most of us look at price first when shopping for car insurance. That’s only natural – we cannot really judge the experience and customer service satisfaction until we’ve spent some time with our insurer – and hopefully, we have very little occasion to call them – except of course when we change automobiles. JD Power and Associates a rather informal rating scale that goes like this:

Top-10 Car Insurance Companies Rating Scale

  • Among the Best
  • Better than Most
  • About Average
  • The Rest

If Among the Best, ranks as an A, that means, The Rest, must rank as a D since there is no fifth lowest position in the rankings. Perhaps, JD Power and Associates doesn’t want to offend anyone too badly? Among the Top-10 Car Insurance companies, there are none that rank worse than a C or, About Average.

Top 10 Car Insurance Companies Rated for 2011

A-Rated Insurance Companies

  • Amica Insurance

B-Rated Insurance Companies

  • Erie Insurance
  • Shelter
  • Auto-Owners Insurance
  • Ameriprise
  • State Farm

C-Rated Insurance Companies

  • Geico
  • State Auto
  • American Family
  • Industry Average
  • Alfe Insurance

D-Rated Insurance Companies

Do we really want to talk about those?

Turtle Wax Ice Review

Turtle Wax IceWhat do you think of Turtle Wax Ice? Leave Your Review Below

I love the convenience of liquid car wax. Turtle Wax Ice wipes on creamy and smooth; dries to a dull haze then wipes off to a brilliant, shine.  Having completed a review of the best car waxes last year, I preferred the Turtle Wax Super Hard Shell over Mothers because it seemed to provider a thicker, hard shell just as the name implies. Of course, the other reason I loved the original Turtle Wax is for the dirt-cheap price. Because Turtle Wax Ice is nearly twice as expensive as the Super Hard Shell product, it better bet twice as good. The makers of Ice proclaim that it is easy to wipe on yet provides a shine and protection that will last for many, many months.  That’s a pretty bold claim, isn’t it? The difficulty in reviewing car wax is that not all cars are the same. The color, tint and shade of each car makes a difference. It is also true that different car metals behave differently with different types of wax.

Turtle Wax Ice in Action

turtle wax super hard shellI’m pretty comfortable agreeing with Turtle Wax on the first part of their claim. The Ice T-468 Liquid Car Polish is a breeze to apply to the car and even after drying in a fairly hot garage that day, it came off very shiny and smooth without taking much, if any muscle, to get off the extra wax residue. This is not true with the Turtle Wax Super Hard Shell. Even though it’s a liquid, the Super Hard Shell took some enormous work to get the residue off the hood of my silver, BMW 540i.. The extra elbow grease and effort is well worth it, however because it provides a long last shine. See picture which was taken while washing the car a week after applying the Super Hard Shell Turtle Wax. It remains to be seen how well the Turtle Wax Ice T-468 holds up compared to the Super Hard Shell. But what to other users of Ice say about this premium wax?

Ratings by Users

Over 74 users rated Ice by Turtle Wax an average of 4 stars. Many of them complained that the shine didn’t last as long or the coat did not seem as thick as other traditional, cheaper waxes like Super Hard Shell which is half the price. Those who did a more thorough Turtle Wax Ice Review, seemed to be pickier about what they’re looking for in a car wax and went into great detail about what’s to like and not like about Turtle Wax Ice.