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just got my oil changed and dealer that was changing my oil told me that lukoil a russian oil company just bought mobile and changed some components in the oil and now mobile did not pass inspection in US. anyone heard of that? any thoughts on that
 

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Um, your dealer is retarded. Lukoil and Mobil have been working together since 2000 when Lukoil wanted to get into the US market, starting with gas stations. Lukoil owns/runs the premiere racing team in Russia. There have been rumors of recent problems with Mobil1 synthetic oil, but I seriously doubt that it has anything to do with Lukoil's increasing interests in their company.

EDIT: Lukoil themselves also have recent API certification on a whole slew of products... certified Jan 24 2009 and good for a year:

http://eolcs.api.org/DisplayLicenseInfo2.asp?LicenseNo=0958


EDIT EDIT: just because i'm proving your dealer wrong here does not mean i've ever used (or would ever use) these oils... i personally use Redline or Pennzoil Platinum... just saying they're wrong ;)
 

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Agreed.

I'd just like to say that the rumors of something "Wrong" is a little misleading. The issue is that there is something different with Mobil 1, at least in some viscosity grades. Most people think that the oil is now a Group 3 (Not technically synthetic, but might as well be for anybody not racing) base stock, instead of a Group 4 (Technically fully synthetic).

Not like I have any interest either as Pennzoil Platinum is generating great UOA's for me.
 
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