Getting close to One Million Miles!
Melvin Willis bought his 1978 Chevy pickup with only 13,000 miles. He installed AMSOIL motor oil immediately. Willis and his truck have driven all over the country, totalling over 728,000 miles. Willis' oil of choice for his long-lived Chevy truck is AMSOIL 10W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil.
After driving a total of 275,000 miles, Willis had an ideal opportunity to purchase a new engine at an unbeatable price. He bought the new motor and installed it in the truck. Naturally, he installed AMSOIL motor oil right from the start. Willis and his Chevy have driven more than 450,000 miles with the new engine. Willis is particularly proud that neither the valve covers nor the oil pan were ever removed from either engine. "It's a good old truck," said Willis. "She still runs like new. I've driven it so much it's on the third set of seats."
400,000 Miles and Counting
Bill Anderson teaches automotive mechanics at Hermitage Technical Center, a vocational high school in Henrico, Virginia. When he used petroleum motor oil in his 1978 Oldsmobile, Bill faithfully changed the oil every 1,500 to 2,000 miles. After watching an AMSOIL lubrication and filtration seminar in 1985, Bill decided to switch the Olds to AMSOIL 10W-40 and install an AMSOIL Engine Oil Filter.
By following AMSOIL's recommendations, Bill currently has 396,000 miles on his Olds and plans to reach 400,000 miles very soon. Bill still drives his car to work every day and on regular business trips, and he tells his friends and colleagues about the advantages of AMSOIL over petroleum motor oil. In fact, Bill uses AMSOIL in his boat, lawnmower, chainsaw and other personal equipment. .
What Do You Do When Your Car Accumulates Over 300,000 Miles?
Kenneth Lindland, a retired preacher from Grass Lake, Michigan, didn't reallly know what he was getting into when he purchased his used 1985 Pontiac Parisienne from his wife Agne's brother in 1989. At that time, the car had just over 57,000 miles on it, and Lindland said he would be happy if the car simply held together until 137,000 miles.
He got all that, and a lot more.
"The last thing on our minds when we obtained this car from Agne's brother was that we would drive it an unusual number of miles," Lindland said. "I figured if we drove it to 137,860 miles that we would have monies worth out of a totally depreciated car." Lindland soon had to recalculate his depreciation figures to 150,000 miles, and then to 200,000 miles. He would be recalculating those figures for quite some time, because the car was just too good to part with. "Because I had such short term milage expectations for this car, we didn't over-protect it. We used for jobs like trailering firewood and gravel at our cottage. This car vastly outperformed all our expectancies."
Because the car kept running dependably past all of his benchmarks after becoming fully depreciated, Lindland realized that the car was actually making him money at the depreciation figure of 10 cents per mile. By the time it had accumulated over 330,000 miles, Lindland decided it had saved him the nearly $20,000 he would have to spent on aquiring a new car. So when it came time for the Lindlands to purchase a motor home, those savings were instrumental in the decision to make the purchase. "This Pontiac actually bought our motor home for us debt free," Lindland said.
Lindland credits the car'slong service life to using Amsoil synthetic motor oil in the engine since the day he bought it. "I'm very grateful for the longevity which I believe Amsoil gave our vehicle," Lindland said. "We've kept it up, but as far as I'm concerned, the secret is lubrication."
Lindland also credits also Amsoil synthetic motor oil with savings associated with the costs of motor oil and motor oil disposal. "We have changed the oil only 11 times (every 25,000 miles) while we owned the car," Lindland said. "If we used conventional oil changed at conventional 3,000 mile intervals it would have required more than 400 quarts to last this long. We have used only 55 quarts for the oil changes and 13 extra quarts when changing filters. Just think how much oil this kept out of disposal units!"
Although the car has accumulated more than 340,000 miles, the engine and transmission are in remarkably good shape. In fact, it ran so well through the years that the head was never removed for any repairs. Lindland had a compression test done on the vehicle in December 2000, and could barely believe the results. The highest and lowest recorded cylinder pressures were only eight pounds apart.
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Although the car seemed to have many miles left to travel, Lindland's wife Agnes finally convinced him that it was time to purchase a new car. "The longer he had the vehicle, "she said "the harder it was to make him get rid of it." It was with great reluctance on Kenneth's part that the Lindlands purchased another car. With appreciation they gave their Parisienne to Amsoil Inc. "I feel very indebted to Amsoil," Lindland said. "No way would this car have given us this fine service with conventional oils." The Lindlands drove up the 700 miles from Grass Lake, Michigan, to Superior on June 26, 2001. The car is now being driven by an Amsoil employee to see how many more miles can be added to the 340,000.
AMSOIL TRIGARD Gets High Marks
As with so many people before him, Bill Shirk was skeptical at first about AMSOIL Synthetic Lubricants. "The idea sounded too artificial to me," he said.
After doing some studying, Bill decided to install the AMSOIL TRIGARD package into his then-new 1983 Dodge 250 Custom Van. The TRIGARD package and other AMSOIL products were installed at 7,500 miles. "In other words, it was bumper to bumper synthetics," said Bill.
Bill said his van works very hard due to the mountainous terrain of North Central Pennsylvania. "The van is used as a limo, truck and tractor, and a hauler. It hauls everything from AMSOIL to firewood."
Bill's van now has 233,000 miles on it, and the first oil drain was done at 231,000 miles. The bearings and rings have not yet been touched. The factory ball joints and wheel bearings are still in place. The transmission was replaced at 166,000 miles due to a broken clutch and not because of the lubricant.
Bill is more than impressed with AMSOIL. "Those kind folks who tell me that synthetic lubricants like AMSOIL are no good usually change their minds after seeing this vehicle or talking to my mechanic who knows its history," he said.