Valvoline VR1 20w/50 Racing Oil 5L ~ Only £24.56 @ Amazon // Free Delivery
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Valvoline VR1 20w/50 Racing Oil 5L ~ Only £24.56 @ Amazon // Free Delivery

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Found 13th Jul 2015
Just spotted this on Amazon, great price! Nearest price I could find is £27.66 at EuroCarParts.

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can't recall the last time I put any oil that thick in a car (late 80s probably) but looks like a good price for those who use a 'niche' oil.

Amazing! £25 for a 5 litre can of all mineral 20W50. Hats off to Valvoline for their shear brass neck in calling it 'Racing Oil' and charging five times the normal price!

It is actually a decent oil for classics which require a mineral oil of that rating. Modern oils are too thin for classics and dont have enough ZDDP content.

jordon1

It is actually a decent oil for classics which require a mineral oil of … It is actually a decent oil for classics which require a mineral oil of that rating. Modern oils are too thin for classics and dont have enough ZDDP content.


Fully agree that thick is good for some older cars. Seem to vaguely recall Duckhams 20W50 was specified for the original Mini (plus my old Austin 1100) because the engine and the gearbox shared the same oil. The only thing I'd say is that of all the viscosity grade oils you can make, all mineral 20W50, even with a bit more ZDDP, is about the cheapest oil you can make. It's virtually all base oil costing about 50p per litre! Hence my incredulity at the price...

Hubby say he prefers the Millers, always this price (delivered)

Joe90_guy

Amazing! £25 for a 5 litre can of all mineral 20W50. Hats off to … Amazing! £25 for a 5 litre can of all mineral 20W50. Hats off to Valvoline for their shear brass neck in calling it 'Racing Oil' and charging five times the normal price!



Me thinks you don't understand.

joyf4536

Me thinks you don't understand.



Really? I've spent half my working life spending millions of dollars formulating engine oils for most of world's oil companies? What is it that you think you understand that I don't??

Joe90_guy

Really? I've spent half my working life spending millions of dollars … Really? I've spent half my working life spending millions of dollars formulating engine oils for most of world's oil companies? What is it that you think you understand that I don't??



Were is a reasonable spec 20W50 oil £5 a litre (retail) then?

joyf4536

Were is a reasonable spec 20W50 oil £5 a litre (retail) then?



Hello! No I don't know of one either.

joyf4536

Were is a reasonable spec 20W50 oil £5 a litre (retail) then?



Errr? Is this a rhetorical question? Isn't this post offering 20W50 at roughly £5 a litre??? BTW, there's an 'h' in where unless we're talking about engine wear where there isn't...

Joe90_guy

Errr? Is this a rhetorical question? Isn't this post offering 20W50 at … Errr? Is this a rhetorical question? Isn't this post offering 20W50 at roughly £5 a litre??? BTW, there's an 'h' in where unless we're talking about engine wear where there isn't...



Correct on my poor spelling and my maths (good bottle!) but if it's x 5 too much money where is the £1 per litre offering for a reasonable oil?

amazon normally have this weight oil on offer less then a tenner sometimes. im sure wilkos do it too

Here's one for just over a tenner. Comma are a reputable company and until recently were owned by Exxon so it's probably okay.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Comma-MOT1G-Motorway-20W50-Mineral/dp/B002RPJ6H4/ref=sr_1_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1436901339&sr=1-1&keywords=20w50+oil

I did a quick, back of a fag packet estimation of how much a 20W50 costs to manufacture. Based on Russian 500SN mineral oil, I reckoned all up, it would cost about 36p per litre. There would be add-on costs for transport, blending, canning etc but the companies making and selling this stuff in the UK must be making an absolute killing with margins higher than on some top tier synthetics.
I have to confess this came as something of a surprise to me. When I was younger, cheap-as-chips 20W50 was what you bought to go with the £5 remoulds you had just had fitted to your rubbish Austin 1100 that cost you £120!
All I can advise is go on a driving holiday to Poland or Turkey, find a cheap source of oil and stock up with a few cans.

Joe90_guy

Here's one for just over a tenner. Comma are a reputable company and … Here's one for just over a tenner. Comma are a reputable company and until recently were owned by Exxon so it's probably okay.http://www.amazon.co.uk/Comma-MOT1G-Motorway-20W50-Mineral/dp/B002RPJ6H4/ref=sr_1_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1436901339&sr=1-1&keywords=20w50+oilI did a quick, back of a fag packet estimation of how much a 20W50 costs to manufacture. Based on Russian 500SN mineral oil, I reckoned all up, it would cost about 36p per litre. There would be add-on costs for transport, blending, canning etc but the companies making and selling this stuff in the UK must be making an absolute killing with margins higher than on some top tier synthetics. I have to confess this came as something of a surprise to me. When I was younger, cheap-as-chips 20W50 was what you bought to go with the £5 remoulds you had just had fitted to your rubbish Austin 1100 that cost you £120!All I can advise is go on a driving holiday to Poland or Turkey, find a cheap source of oil and stock up with a few cans.



OK around £2.35 a litre but hardly the same specs is it. OK for an old Austin that cost you £120 as you say.
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