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    Getting harder to find oil

    Good afternoon everyone. I have a concern that I've noticed over the past year. It's not a problem with my car at all, but with the availability of oil that I use in my car. I've been using Pennzoil Platinum Euro 5W-40 since I've had the car. I don't drive the Abarth lot so I only do 2 oil changes a year. 6 months ago it was difficult to find the oil I use in my local autoparts stores. Now it's time to change it again and no one seems to carry it anymore. I live in Northeast PA so Abarth's are rare, but this new development has become an annoyance. So I'm seeking advice regarding other brands of oil that are known to be good for our cars. I have a 2012 Abarth by the way. Any input would be helpful since it appears the stores around here have given up carrying what I need. Thanks in advance.

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    I prefer Mobil 1 full synthetic but, that's just me. I tech'd vehicles for 20+ years, and for many of those years, I had customers who would use nothing but Mobil 1. I like Valvoline's full synthetic, as well. I do not see that Euro Pennzoil in my area either......not in wal-mart, autozone, or advanced auto parts. O'Reilly's Auto Parts is the only one I have seen it at, not sure they carry it anymore, either. Good luck!
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    I can't find suitable oil locally either. In my case, amazon is my friend! Free shipping with amazon prime.

    I've been using Motul as it meets all specs and its a bit cheaper than the Pennzoil.

    https://www.amazon.com/Motul-007250-.../dp/B004LEYIQ8

    https://www.amazon.com/Pennzoil-5500...num+Euro+5W-40

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe's 500L View Post
    I prefer Mobil 1 full synthetic but, that's just me. I tech'd vehicles for 20+ years, and for many of those years, I had customers who would use nothing but Mobil 1. I like Valvoline's full synthetic, as well. I do not see that Euro Pennzoil in my area either......not in wal-mart, autozone, or advanced auto parts. O'Reilly's Auto Parts is the only one I have seen it at, not sure they carry it anymore, either. Good luck!
    Thank you. I always used Mobil 1 in all of my previous cars, but went with the Pennzoil with my Abarth since seemed to be made for the car. I may go back to Mobil 1 at this point. It never did me wrong in the past and I had Saab turbos with over 150,000 miles that ran great with it. I want to protect my engine, but in 6 months I may drive 3,000 - 4,000 miles so it's not like the oil sees a lot of use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiatfan522 View Post
    Good afternoon everyone. I have a concern that I've noticed over the past year. It's not a problem with my car at all, but with the availability of oil that I use in my car. I've been using Pennzoil Platinum Euro 5W-40 since I've had the car. I don't drive the Abarth lot so I only do 2 oil changes a year. 6 months ago it was difficult to find the oil I use in my local autoparts stores. Now it's time to change it again and no one seems to carry it anymore. I live in Northeast PA so Abarth's are rare, but this new development has become an annoyance. So I'm seeking advice regarding other brands of oil that are known to be good for our cars. I have a 2012 Abarth by the way. Any input would be helpful since it appears the stores around here have given up carrying what I need. Thanks in advance.
    I just buy it off of Amazon, they offer free one day shipping with my Prime account :

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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    I'll echo the Amazon fans here, it's really convenient.

    And if you're not driving much, you know you can go 8,000 plus miles on synthetic oil, so maybe you only need to change oil once a year.

    Not a turbo, but my 4 cylinder Toyota Camry uses synthetic, and the owners manual interval is a flat 10,000 between changes. Over 118,000 miles and no issues. Today's engines and oils are way beyond the old 3,000 mile change days.
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    If you can't find Pennzoil locally, use Shell Rotella T6 instead or Motul. I just order cases of 6 quarts of Pennzoil at a time on Amazon. The internet is your friend in cases like these.
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    M1 0w40 - great stuff, easy to find, cheap. Run for 5k. No worries, be happy.

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    I end-up buying the Pennzoil from eBay , AMAZON have some good deals to. I would recommend a good vacuum pump and some long 12" to 18" long drive-socket-extension and a drive universal joint for your filter.


    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Fiat-Oil-Change-Kit-500-Incl-Abarth-124-Spider-1-4L-Turbo-2012-17-5W-40/252737184498?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid =p2055119.m1438.l2649

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pennzoil-550...72.m2749.l2649



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    its easy to get here in Canada.

    For all the people suggesting to use something other than the factory oil, please don't do it. The oil runs the Multi air system. Other brands of oil will act differently in the system. Only use what meets the specification. (there are a few oils that do).
    There have been multi air failures and it has been suspected to have been caused by using e85 fuel and or using non approved oil.
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