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    Hi,
    Could someone tell me which is the best oil for my 2005 VAUXHALL CORSA LIFE 16V TWINPORT (1229cc PETROL, 5 Door HATCHBACK). I've looked at the online checkers but they don't make sense to me.
    Thanks

    Ninko

  • #2
    For that year you would usually use a 5W/30 fully synthetic, or a 10W/40 semi-synthetic. Either works fine. Halfords do a Vauxhall specific 5W/30 synthetic oil in a purple container that would do you.

    Make sure you use a good quality filter. Cheap ones can break up or deform.
    1972 Viva restoration thread - http://www.thecorsa.co.uk/projects-b....html#post1534

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    • #3
      Hi,
      Thanks for your reply.
      Can you recommend another oil brand, I don't tend to trust Halfords quality.
      Thanks

      Ninko

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      • #4
        Castrol Mgnatec 10W40 or just ordinary Castrol GTX 10W40

        A local motor factor whom I know for years (old school guy) says a rep for castrol told him the magnatec and the 'ordinary' are the same anyway.

        Not the same price though

        Filters - MANN or Hengst only

        oil and filter change every 6000 miles

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        • #5
          There's nothing wrong with Halfords oil. I watch out for when they have it on offer and buy enough to last me for a while. I've run engines over 100k with no problems using it.
          1972 Viva restoration thread - http://www.thecorsa.co.uk/projects-b....html#post1534

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          • #6
            Could I use this oil, Castrol Edge TITANIUM 0W-30 FST Synthetic Engine Oil 0W30 1 Litre 1L and if so, is it any better then say Halfords?
            Thanks

            Ninko

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Ninko View Post
              Could I use this oil, Castrol Edge TITANIUM 0W-30 FST Synthetic Engine Oil 0W30 1 Litre 1L and if so, is it any better then say Halfords?
              Thanks

              Ninko
              Yes - you can use that. Look on here for Opie oils to see if you can get a better price buying that way.

              Is it better than Halfords? People can get very anal about oil so let's just say it's entirely your choice. If I can buy an oil that keeps my engine going for over 100k with no problems then for me the only issue is how much do I want to spend for the name on the tin?
              1972 Viva restoration thread - http://www.thecorsa.co.uk/projects-b....html#post1534

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              • #8
                If the oil meets the standards set down by the manufacturer and is the right viscosity, then there really should be no difference.

                **BUT I stand to be corrected on that.

                Only thing may be that it is not as effective as a detergent - do not know if the standard covers 'cleaning ability' of an oil.

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                • #9
                  Personally, when in Bulgaria I buy Kaufland own brand oil (a German supermarket chain),made in germany and in the uk, Halfords. I go by the viscosity and I also check that the codes and specifications at least match those of similar big brand oils. The price saving is such that you can often get a better specification for less money.

                  With well known brands you are often paying a premium for their marketing, brand recognition etc. Same as Zuluman I stand to be corrected but I believe a reputable own brand oil could easily be the same stuff off the same production line.
                  And sometimes the lesser known manufacturers such as silkolene - now owned by Fuchs, are better than the 'big boys'.

                  Oil specification has come a long way in the last few years. Much of this is to allow for the mega long service intervals now in vogue. Almost any oil you can buy now with a 5/30 or 10/40 viscosity will exceed the quality of the oil in your car when it left the factory back in 2005. IMO its better to use a reasonably decent oil and do more frequent oil and filter changes rather than buy an expensive brand of a higher specification than your car needs but neglect oil changes.

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                  • #10
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