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Hello,

I need help on who makes the best oil for my 2016 Honda Civic 1.5 litre Touring Coupe.

Everyone claims to be the best.

The oils brands I'm thinking of using that are supposedly the best motor oils for my next oil change are...

- Amsoil Signature Series 0W-20 Synthetic Motor Oil
- Royal Purple API-licensed Motor Oil 0W-20 Motor Oil
- Eneos Sustina 0W-20 Premium Motor Oil
- Mobil 1 Extended Performance 0W-20 Motor Oil
- Redline 0W-20 Motor Oil
- Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil 0W-20

I don't know if there are any other brands that should be in this list or other brands that are even better. If so please tell me.

I hear things like... Use a oil that has a zinc additive which provides the best anti-wear. Is that true? Do any of these oils have zinc as an additive or no?

I also hear things always always always use oil that is American Petroleum Institute Certified. Why is that? What happens if the oil is not American Petroleum Institute certified? Is that bad to use?

Someone out there who knows allot of information on this subject please reply to this thread. I'm sure there are others who always wondered this too.

Thank you.
 

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I really don't think it really matters which premium oil you use (synthetic) as they are all pretty similar and very good. Mobil 1, Valvoline, Quaker State, etc are all premium oils. I own a Porsche too and Porsche recommends Mobil One Synthetic and the BMW I used to own recommended Castrol.
 

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Any pure synthetic (100%) should do fine. I've always used Amsoil since the owner is ex-military, but all the pure synthetics (no blends) should be very similar.
 

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Amsoil SS
Motul
RedLine
Total Quartz
Torco

Stay away from RP, not good after 2011 and Mobile1 is not 100% synthetic. Waiting to see if there is any "special" oil for the TypeR just for the heck of it......
 

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API is a certification correct! but it's also a money grab like all certifications, it lets you know what standard the oil meets, for passenger cars it stands at SN right now. last iteration was SM,SL,.... For diesels it just changed last week from CJ-4 to CK-4. An oil does not have to be certified to be good, a lot of royal purple is not certified the reason being it's mostly break in or race oil, API is a quality standard but also a low emission standard, Royal purple fails miserably here. I work at a production plant that blends and packages oils for all major players including a house brand, with the exception of two brands chemical packages all of our blends are the same as our house brand and our house brand exceeds there blend specifications. Whats more is we use this same blend in no name brand oil from your grocery store for a dollar a liter, it's just cheaper to exceed everyones specs,make one big blend and do label changes. This is an industry normal operating procedure and applys to almost everything you can imagine, so don't get to hung up on brands just use common sense and you will be fine.
 

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An oil thread! Ahh. . . Opinions.

@Cabeldude has nailed it here, again. For the most part, when speaking of "conventional" lubes, oil is oil with no regard for brand. Synthetics are a different story, and for every individual who claims to have had excellent success with one brand or type there will be another who will claim that it completely ruined their car and that they are still considering litigation.

So, my opinions, such as they are:

-I use the Amsoil XL 0W-20 in both of my cars (2017 Civic EX HB and 2013 Acura ILX 2.0L), and I have for a number of the cars preceding it. It's on the higher end of the pricing spectrum where I live and not very easy to find (one of the local farm supply stores carries it regularly, though), and I've been very happy with the performance.

-Mobil 1 is readily available pretty much everywhere (and usually on the lower end of the pricing spectrum) but I don't feel that it's the product it once was. I'd want to see some sort of verification that it isn't any longer 100% synthetic (it isn't labeled as a blend), but I have read elsewhere (non-forum and non-blog) that the overall performance of the Mobil product isn't what it used to be.

-I've used Redline and Motul in motorcycle applications only in the past and had satisfactory results, but having never used them in a car I don't know that I can endorse them.

-Royal Purple is a racing oil and should probably be used only in that world. Racers don't attempt to put their oil through numerous heat-and-cool cycles like a street vehicle, and the oil is generally changed out after just a few uses.

Again, this is ONLY my opinion, but I think you should find a product that you'll be able to get a steady supply of and use that one. I encourage a synthetic as they are inherently better at the task, especially in a turbocharged engine, even if you choose to go an extended period between services. Your other important consideration (and one which I rarely see discussed on forums like this) is the OIL FILTER you choose to use. Don't go cheap. . . Fram oil filters are crap. WIX and Hastings make a good aftermarket filter, but I myself use a Genuine Honda filter every time. I don't know what brands are available outside of the US market, but I used to run MANN filters on my VW's back in my days of VW fanaticism.

Finally, I leave the standard disclaimer here: These are merely my opinions, and these opinions are based on my myriad of experience with 60+ automobiles and a handful of motorcycles, but also more than a million miles driven since 1983. Your results (and opinions) may differ, and I have only offered this here because someone asked.
 

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An oil thread! Ahh. . . Opinions.

@Cabeldude has nailed it here, again. For the most part, when speaking of "conventional" lubes, oil is oil with no regard for brand. Synthetics are a different story, and for every individual who claims to have had excellent success with one brand or type there will be another who will claim that it completely ruined their car and that they are still considering litigation.

So, my opinions, such as they are:

-I use the Amsoil XL 0W-20 in both of my cars (2017 Civic EX HB and 2013 Acura ILX 2.0L), and I have for a number of the cars preceding it. It's on the higher end of the pricing spectrum where I live and not very easy to find (one of the local farm supply stores carries it regularly, though), and I've been very happy with the performance.

-Mobil 1 is readily available pretty much everywhere (and usually on the lower end of the pricing spectrum) but I don't feel that it's the product it once was. I'd want to see some sort of verification that it isn't any longer 100% synthetic (it isn't labeled as a blend), but I have read elsewhere (non-forum and non-blog) that the overall performance of the Mobil product isn't what it used to be.

-I've used Redline and Motul in motorcycle applications only in the past and had satisfactory results, but having never used them in a car I don't know that I can endorse them.

-Royal Purple is a racing oil and should probably be used only in that world. Racers don't attempt to put their oil through numerous heat-and-cool cycles like a street vehicle, and the oil is generally changed out after just a few uses.

Again, this is ONLY my opinion, but I think you should find a product that you'll be able to get a steady supply of and use that one. I encourage a synthetic as they are inherently better at the task, especially in a turbocharged engine, even if you choose to go an extended period between services. Your other important consideration (and one which I rarely see discussed on forums like this) is the OIL FILTER you choose to use. Don't go cheap. . . Fram oil filters are crap. WIX and Hastings make a good aftermarket filter, but I myself use a Genuine Honda filter every time. I don't know what brands are available outside of the US market, but I used to run MANN filters on my VW's back in my days of VW fanaticism.

Finally, I leave the standard disclaimer here: These are merely my opinions, and these opinions are based on my myriad of experience with 60+ automobiles and a handful of motorcycles, but also more than a million miles driven since 1983. Your results (and opinions) may differ, and I have only offered this here because someone asked.
Thanks for the great information/experience about all this it will be very useful when my oil change comes around!
 
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