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Passenger Car and Truck Testimonials

Amsoil Cools Tranny in Nevada Heat

Dwight Barr, Anderson, IN, likes to tell his AMSOIL story. In fact, he tells it to anyone who will listen. "It’s easy to tell," Barr said, "because it’s true. It’s great stuff. I love it."  He’s been using AMSOIL lubricants for more than 10 years. He puts 10W-40 and 10W-30 motor oils in his cars, lawn mowers, generator and trailer. He also uses AMSOIL Grease and Gear Lube.  Several years ago he installed an after-market transmission fillter with a temperature sensor on his ’98 Chevy dually.  "I watched the transmission temperature closely when going up hills while pulling my 37-foot, 17,000-pound 5th wheel camper."  Outside of Austin, NV, in 80-degree temperatures, he encountered a very steep hill and watched his tranny temperature stay consistently at 260 degrees.  He’s a traveler, he said, and decided to try the AMSOIL ATF before the next pass by that particular spot.  "Keep in mind the same truck, the same trailer, the same hill and the same air temperature, and with the AMSOIL ATF, the temperature never got above 220 degrees," Barr said. "That is a significant reduction in anybody’s book."  He spreads the word about AMSOIL at campgrounds he visits and refers people to the website or Steve Dunn, his own Dealer in Indiana.  "I really like the products," he said. "I wouldn’t change a thing."

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AMSOIL Saved Duluth Police Department Nearly 40% Per Mile!

Duluth, Mn. Police Department Demonstration; 4 Police squad cars, 6 months duration, 34,600 miles on the average, equipped with AMSOIL 10W-40 Engine Oil, AMSOIL Full-Depth Oil Filters, AMSOIL BY-Pass Oil Filter, AMSOIL Lifetime Air Filter.Material and maintenance cost for the 4 units with conventional lubricants and filters was $1,052.11. With AMSOIL Lubricants and Filters, the total was only $638.20 - nearly 40% saved per mile!  AMSOIL saves in labor and material costs because it can be used many thousands of miles longer than conventional lubes.

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AMSOIL synthetics and Rex Shobe's Oldsmobile are a winning combination.

Rex is a Dealer in Kimberly, Idaho. He got into AMSOIL products mainly for his 1976 Oldsmobile drag racer. Rex put AMSOIL Series 2000 20W-50 in his 5-year old 485 horsepower 455 engine prior to a race in 1999. Rex's car ran an elapsed time of 7.62 at 87 mph in the eighth mile and a 12.32 elapsed time at 107 mph on the quarter mile which earned him two wins. "After putting AMSOIL in the engine we found an oil pressure gain," Rex said. "Elapsed times picked up a little after several runs once the oil got worked in."

Rex also uses AMSOIL Series 2000 racing grease in the U-joints and front wheel bearings. "I am still using the parts I had in the car 4 years ago when I started using the grease," Rex said. With the Series 2000 75W/90 Gear Lube, Rex is averaging 2 years per gear set. "After seeing what AMSOIL products have done for my race car," Rex said, "I am starting to sell more of it and plan on selling the 2000 racing products at each track I go to."

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Mark Chalkley, Saluda, VA, has been an AMSOIL Dealer for the better part of 15 years but doesn’t sell the products for profit. “I’ve never made one dime off of it,” he said. “I became a Dealer for the price break and never intended to make money selling it.” Chalkley is a semi-retired computer programmer, who also is a heavy equipment operator.  He also gives advice on TractorNet, an informational Website for agricultural equipment users. According to Chalkley, he’d lose credibility if he made money through recommending AMSOIL to those operators. “I can do AMSOIL more good by not doing it for the money,” he said.  Instead, Chalkley tells people about AMSOIL. And, he tells them quite a story. He has several vehicles, a 1993 Dodge pickup truck with a Cummins engine that he uses to haul loads of more than 25,000 pounds, a 1997 Ford Contour and an earth mover back hoe.  “I use AMSOIL in everything,” Chalkley said. “I have never worn out anything that has had AMSOIL in it.”  He put AMSOIL Series 3000 5W-30 Heavy Duty Diesel Oil in his 1996 VW Passat at about 10,000 miles. He put AMSOIL 75W-90 Gear Lube in the tranny. The Passat has 287,000 miles on it and it’s still running the same gear lube. Chalkley changes his oil filter every 25,000 miles, his oil every 50,000 miles. “There’s no by-pass kit on it either, and I’ve never had a problem. Not a one,” he said.  He adds about a quart of oil every 4,500 miles. Oil consumption hasn’t changed in the six year- old car since he switched to AMSOIL early on and it improved then. “It’s not burning any oil,” he said. Chalkley sends customers directly to AMSOIL for the products he recommends to them.  Editor’s Note: The AMSOIL-recommended drain interval for the Series 3000 5W-30 Heavy Duty Diesel Oil in passenger vehicles with diesel engines is up to two times longer than manufacturer’s recommendations, with oil analysis, or six months. The change interval recommendation for SDF Oil Filters is 12,500 miles or six months, whichever comes first.

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From the Nevada heat to the cold of Canada, tales are told of the superior qualities of AMSOIL. Ernie Berg, Nipawin, Saskatchewan, Canada, started using AMSOIL products this past winter on the  ecommendation of Darcy Wiklun, a friend and AMSOIL Dealer in Canada.  “He was speaking from experience, and I figured I would take his advice,” said Berg, who is an industrial mechanic/hydro station operator for SaskPower, the provincial power provider. He was so impressed with AMSOIL, he became a Dealer.  He started with AMSOIL 5W-30 Motor Oil in his 1992 Chevy Lumina, 3.1 liter, V- 6 when it had more than 98,000 miles on the engine.  “I was getting around 32 to 35 miles per gallon burning premium fuel and regular motor oil,” Berg said. “When I changed over, I noticed an immediate increase in horsepower. I had more power with the air conditioner running than I had before without it running. My motor started running smoother and cooler.” On his frst road trip, Berg got 38 miles per gallon. Then he added the AMSOIL 2-Stage Air Filter. On his next trip, Berg got 43 miles per gallon. A significant savings for Berg, who said gas prices were at $3.82 a gallon.  He typically averages 37 to 38 mpg now, he said. The toughest test of the AMSOIL products came in January, when the temperature fell to -34°F. “My battery was so low I had the car plugged in, but it barely turned over,” Berg said. The car did start, however. “I found there was none of the usual tick-tick-tick of no oil in the top of the motor,” he said. “The oil light went out immediately. My power steering was making more noise than the engine. I cannot tell you how impressed I am with AMSOIL. “I tell anyone who will listen about this product and how it has benefitted me and my car. I will not be going back to conventional motor oils.”

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Remember those Saturday afternoons as a kid watching your dad change the oil in the car? Remember the setup for the job? How he opened the oil plug, released the blackened oil into the pan underneath, then, after the drain, poured new oil into the engine?  If you’re more than 30 years old, the new oil most likely was petroleum based. And your dad swore by it and the importance of repeating the ritual every 3,000 miles.  However, AMSOIL synthetic motor oils have led the way to better performance and extended drain intervals for 30 years. Lyle Reinier, Mesa, Ariz., found out the hard way that he can save time and money, as well as wear and tear on his vehicles with AMSOIL. “I spent a lot of money on oil,” he said, adding that his hobby of running Kawasaki KLX 300 dirt bikes increased those expenses. Reinier, an inventory analyst for Boeing, admits old fashioned “stick-to-it-iveness” made him reluctant to use synthetics, although he heard only good reports about AMSOIL as early as the 1980s. Later, when he started using synthetics, he couldn’t easily fi nd AMSOIL. “Now it’s everywhere,” he said. Last year, Reinier did some research on the AMSOIL website, found he could get everything he needed and became a Preferred Customer. He put AMSOIL 10W-30 motor oil in his 2001 Dodge Ram pickup truck, ATF in the transmission, AMSOIL 75W-90 Gear Lube in the differentials and installed an AMSOIL Super Duty Air Filter.  He runs the Ram hard, hauling a 25-foot, 4,200-pound travel trailer through the Arizona heat. In April 2001, Reinier made a trip up Five Mile Hill near Cottonwood, AZ, using Mobil 1and Dodge-recommended Mopar +4 tranny .uid. In May of this year, he made the same trip, only this time he had AMSOIL lubes bumper to bumper. On the first trip, the Ram struggled to maintain 40 mph and the engine temperature went to 240 degrees. This May, with the AMSOIL lubes, the Ram pulled the trailer at 50 mph and the engine temp stayed steady at 210 degrees, Reinier said. “AMSOIL is my oil from now on, and I’m just sorry I didn’t start using it a long time ago when I first knew about it. It’s amazing stuff,” he said. “And, it lasts the time of five oil changes! That’s a big savings. I’m telling everyone I know about it, and that it’s not only the first in synthetics, it’s the best.”

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In Denver, 24-year-old Kevin Korzan is a second-generation AMSOIL user. He grew up with AMSOIL motor oils, because his dad, Al Korzan, started using them in the 1970s while he was stationed at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.  So, it was a no-brainer for Kevin to become an AMSOIL Dealer. He started his Dealership in April of this year. “I’ve always believed in AMSOIL,” he said.  Right now he’s keeping his day job as an insurance claims representative, but he is amazed at how quickly his AMSOIL business is growing.  After one short month, Korzan needed an enclosed cargo trailer to haul his many orders. He drives a 2002 Yukon Danali that he put AMSOIL 0W-30 in at 4,000 miles. He also uses the AMSOIL oil filter, air filter and ATF in his 7,500-pound SUV. “As soon as I put the AMSOIL products in it, my gas mileage went up about 19-20 miles per tankful,” he said. Throttle response improved when he added the air filter, Korzan said. His best sales pitch is the story of his first car, a white 1977 Pontiac Grand Prix, handed down through the family from the day it was driven new off the showroom floor.  His mother, June Korzan, bought the car new, then his dad drove it for awhile and finally the car was given to Kevin in 1994 when he was a sophomore in high school.  He no longer drives the car, which has more than 190,000 miles on the original engine.  “I’ve never had anything replaced on the engine, and it has never burned oil at all,” he said. It ran with AMSOIL 10W-40 motor oil in it since 1979, when it had about 32,000 miles on the engine. Through those years, the oil was changed annually, although the family never put 25,000 miles on it a year. Korzan added an AMSOIL TS Air Filter in 1994 when he started driving it.

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1985 Pontiac at 340K and still going strong

Kenneth Lindland, a retired preacher from Grass Lake, Michigan, didn’t really know what he was getting into when he purchased his used 1985 Pontiac Parisienne from his wife Agnes’ 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 of that, and a lot more. “The last thing on our minds when we obtained this car from Agnes’ 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 our money’s 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 mileage expectancies for the car,” Lindland said, we didn’t ‘over-protect’ it. We used it for jobs like hauling firewood and gravel at our cottage. This car vastly outperformed all of 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 spent on acquiring 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’s long 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 to our vehicle,” Lindland  said. “We’ve kept it up, but as far as I’m concerned, the secret is lubrication.” Lindland also credits 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 oils 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 newer 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, Wisconsin, to deliver their Parisienne 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.

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 Johnny Barkley, an AMSOIL Preferred , of Davidson, North Carolina, owns a 1994 Chevrolet S-10 truck that has surpassed a mileage milestone. Recently, Barkley’s truck passed the 300,000 mile mark. Barkley uses AMSOIL lubricants in the motor, transmission and rear end. He also uses AMSOIL oil filters. Originally, he used AMSOIL Synthetic 10W-30 in his truck and changed his oil and filter every 25,000 miles. Barkley now uses AMSOIL 0W-30 oil and changes it every 35,000 miles. He has also switched to changing his AMSOIL Oil Filter every six months or 12,500 miles. Barkley’s truck currently has 308,000 miles on the odometer. He often works right out of his truck, and such trips are what he credits with “packing on the miles.” He also often pulls a boat and landscaping trailer. Even after so many miles, Barkley’s truck is still in excellent condition. He has had the engine tuned up only three times since he bought the truck, and plans to keep the truck for some time because he has not had any problems with mechanical parts as long as he has owned it.

             

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92 Geo Prizm with 254K

A 1992 Geo Prizm owned by Direct Dealer Ted Pickul of Sarasota, Florida has gone over the 254,000 mile mark with only 10 oil changes and 20 filters installed during its long life. Pickul purchased the vehicle new in June of 1992. He immediately converted it over to AMSOIL 10W-30 Motor Oil after using AMSOIL Engine Flush. Pickul also installed an AMSOIL Oil Filter and 2-Stage Air Filter at the 5,000 mile mark. “The engine is a 1.8 liter 4 cylinder which has never had any major damage,” Pickul said. “The valve covers have never been removed, and when you remove the oil cap and look inside the valve cover it is just as clean today as it was when it was new.” Pickul installed AMSOIL Automatic Transmission Fluid at the 30,000 mile mark, and says that it has been changed four times since. After his first year of owning the vehicle, he changed the engine coolant over to AMSOIL Biodegradable AntiFreeze and says that the coolant is replaced every two years. Pickul has also replaced the radiator in his car after owning it six years. “I don’t believe in retaining radiators more than five or six years,” he said. “I tend to use a 16 oz. bottle of PI Gasoline Additive every three or four months,” Pickul said, “and Power Foam has been used on the injectors and linkage at 30,000 mile intervals. When the odometer rolled over the 200,000 mile mark, I switched my oil over to AMSOIL 10W-40.” So now that his Geo Prism has reached the 254,000 mile mark, what does Pickul plan to do with it? “This vehicle has been truly given the whole AMSOIL treatment,” Pickul said, “and it still runs like a top! It’s a rolling testimonial to the excellent quality of AMSOIL products. “I plan to keep this vehicle until it literally dies. I will keep you all posted after it crosses the 300,000 mile mark and beyond. Thank you Mr. Amatuzio for formulating the best lubricants that money can buy!”

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