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I contacted the recently established ELF australian branch. Which has yet to have a functional website, but at least they answered my email.

 

I have a complete list, in excel format their products sold here, including oils and diferent fluids/lubricants. Downd load product list here

 

http://www.texen.com.au/karl/files/elf.xls

 

Current stockists closest to Sydney guys are

 

Autobarn - Auburn

Sparts Automotive Parts - 3 Cook Street Forestville

 

can we maybe make this one sticky?? Anyone new coming here will nodoubt be asking "can i get elf oil somehwere?"

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Hi,

 

Just looking around the ELF worldwide website and noticed that Elf Excellium 5w-40 GP is no longer listed..

 

Isn't this the best choice for our RCS?

 

http://www.lubadmin.com/Restitution.asp ... rametre1=2

 

they seems to now recommand the 0w-40. besides the lower the lower number the better anyways. But the GP is avialable here, according tot eh product list which is now avilable for download.

 

and prices? well I don't know, but unless the guys in QLD are more than 10 bucks cheaper I won't bother.

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hmmmmmm if i was you guys i would not use ELF oil in a RSC......

my mate being a race driver only uses ELF oil for race cars, advantage - manafactured for race cars :idea: ......

disadvantage for our road cars is that it takes at least 5-10 minutes to properly warm up the engine.......not suitable for our daily lifestyles.....

 

PS-thats what i heard......

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hmmmmmm if i was you guys i would not use ELF oil in a RSC......

my mate being a race driver only uses ELF oil for race cars, advantage - manafactured for race cars :idea: ......

disadvantage for our road cars is that it takes at least 5-10 minutes to properly warm up the engine.......not suitable for our daily lifestyles.....

 

PS-thats what i heard......

 

don't think so

 

it depends on the W ranges, if it is stated the range from 0W onward, I think it will run preety alright even when the car is cold and not warm up? need some oil specialist/ mechanic in this forum to justify.

but I am still a mobil 1 fans :D

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hmmmmmm if i was you guys i would not use ELF oil in a RSC......

my mate being a race driver only uses ELF oil for race cars, advantage - manafactured for race cars :idea: ......

disadvantage for our road cars is that it takes at least 5-10 minutes to properly warm up the engine.......not suitable for our daily lifestyles.....

 

PS-thats what i heard......

 

I'd gone from previously using Mobil 1 synthetic to Elf (through a change of service dealers) and could instantly notice the differenece (better!) the Elf oil made after the service. And considering the Clio manual recommends Elf, well I think I'd be doing what the manual says and not what your mate says whom's a race driver. Like Blackie said, there are different W ranges on the oils to suit different cars/applications.

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I'm not a fan of the magnatec, but my rally buddy's workshop uses it for all of his euro customers (5,000 litres per month he goes through) and no complaints..

 

I found that my previous car used MORE oil when running Magnatec then other oils... which was Shell Helix (Peugeot 205 GTi) ... but didn't spend too much time worrying about it as the 205 Gti was a tired car...

 

I think Castrol-R is the ants pants.. but it's very expensive... (for the 0w-40) at around $90 a jar I think I last saw it at...

 

I know of a few engine builders (and gearbox builders such as Hollienger and Mondena I think too!) that only recommend Castrol 'products'... but these are the expensive end of the market... hard to justify for a daily driver...

 

In the end you've got to go with what you think 'feels' best in terms of response, and fuel economy...

 

At the end of the day, if you are REALLY desperate, get an oil analysis done for your car. Castrol offer kits for $27.50 ( 270 for 10 back in 2000) This will tell you fuel dilution (piston ring wear / injector leakage), water contamination, glycol content, brass, copper, iron etc...viscosity ....

 

Viscosity will be the one that moves the most, water, fuel and other contaminants will change this value... and thus as this drops, engine wear rises...

 

Each element, and the amount within the sample can tell you what the wear rate is of various component's of the engine....

 

I know that when I was doing regular oil analysis testing on my Evo it was allowing me to see various wear rates of oils, and this is how I settled on Castrol-R (and was told that Castrol works well in mitsubishi's)...

 

Also interesting to note is that these reports helped prove that my car was 100% perfect to the insurance company when I claimed for the car jacking... i.e I wasn't being shifty as the car was A1.

 

Regards

Justin

 

my dealer is using castral magnatec for my rcs .. is this sh*t ?
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my dealer is using castral magnatec for my rcs .. is this sh*t ?

 

No, I like it. I used to use it all the time when I changed my own oil. Because every other car we've got has 20k service intervals.

 

With the 20k drain intervals, are you tempted to change at 10k? if not 5k?

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my dealer is using castral magnatec for my rcs .. is this sh*t ?

 

No, I like it. I used to use it all the time when I changed my own oil. Because every other car we've got has 20k service intervals.

 

With the 20k drain intervals, are you tempted to change at 10k? if not 5k?

 

hehe wrong and wrong. 7500 :D

 

but with renault's 10k service intervals, I haven't bothered with changing oil myself.

 

But I was told that 7500 was ideal, like close to fanatic already for just general usage of the car. Basically the Astra, each time I change the oil, the old oil are not that dirty at all.

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my dealer is using castral magnatec for my rcs .. is this sh*t ?

 

No, I like it. I used to use it all the time when I changed my own oil. Because every other car we've got has 20k service intervals.

 

With the 20k drain intervals, are you tempted to change at 10k? if not 5k?

 

hehe wrong and wrong. 7500 :D

 

but with renault's 10k service intervals, I haven't bothered with changing oil myself.

 

But I was told that 7500 was ideal, like close to fanatic already for just general usage of the car. Basically the Astra, each time I change the oil, the old oil are not that dirty at all.

 

hehe... I'm used to being wrong.. :) I thought I was right once, but it turned out that I was wrong all along :)

 

I'd do the Clio every 5000k's if the filter was a little more accessable...

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At the end of the day, if you are REALLY desperate, get an oil analysis done for your car. Castrol offer kits for $27.50 ( 270 for 10 back in 2000) This will tell you fuel dilution (piston ring wear / injector leakage), water contamination, glycol content, brass, copper, iron etc...viscosity ....

 

Viscosity will be the one that moves the most, water, fuel and other contaminants will change this value... and thus as this drops, engine wear rises...

 

Each element, and the amount within the sample can tell you what the wear rate is of various component's of the engine....

 

I know that when I was doing regular oil analysis testing on my Evo it was allowing me to see various wear rates of oils, and this is how I settled on Castrol-R (and was told that Castrol works well in mitsubishi's)...

 

Also interesting to note is that these reports helped prove that my car was 100% perfect to the insurance company when I claimed for the car jacking... i.e I wasn't being shifty as the car was A1.

 

Their website lists the kits as coming in packs of 10 still. Anyone interested in splitting a kit in half?

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