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I came across an interesting video on YouTube from a guy who is always testing lubrication products. It looks like Amazon is now selling full synthetic motor oil under their "Amazon Basics" brand. He ran some rudimentary tests and it came out almost identical to Mobil-1.

A 5-Qt jug of 5W-30 full synthetic is $17.27 with free Prime delivery. That compares to $26.61 for Mobil-1 from Walmart.

Is AmazonBasics Full Synthetic Motor Oil better than Mobil 1? Lets find out! - YouTube

Amazon.com: AmazonBasics Full Synthetic Motor Oil (SN Plus, dexos1-Gen2) - 5W-30 - 5 Quart - AM0D533Q: Automotive

Who would have thunk it?
 

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The only thing that would concern me about this... You don't know what you're buying. The testing that guy did is great and all. But tomorrow, Amazon could source it from someone else somewhere else and it will be totally different. There will be no change in the name or advertising information.
 

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The only thing that would concern me about this... You don't know what you're buying. The testing that guy did is great and all. But tomorrow, Amazon could source it from someone else somewhere else and it will be totally different. There will be no change in the name or advertising information.
I agree. But... isn't what you are saying also true for any brand that isn't the original manufacturer of the oil? There are lots of different lubricants sold out there under a multitude of names that are OEMed from other sources. Deere for example doesn't make their lubricants and all you have to go on to determine the ingredients is the label.
 
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Yes, the same could be true for any store branded generic oil, and dealer branded oil. However, those are all still reputable producers of quality products and resellers of quality oil. Amazon has no such reputation, and is selling purely based on price and audience.
 

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I wanted to stab my eardrums after the first 30 seconds...
 

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While the testing he did appears to be worth something, I cant figure out what its worth in regard to internal combustion engines.
That particular wear test is done with some gun oils, and some fair way better than that oil he tested did.
None of his "testing" indicated it was the same as the Mobil 1. Similar maybe, but in those "tests", most synthetics would likely be similar.
The oil itself, based on a limited search, is actually made by Warren Distribution.
They make quite a few "house brand" oils.
General consensus online is that its decent stuff.

If oil is a big expense, then its probably a worthwhile purchase since you can get synthetic for the price of conventional. For me, I dont spend enough on oil that a few dollars makes a difference on an oil change.
I also prefer buying oil when they have rebates live. Makes buying the name brand stuff cheaper than the Amazon oil sometimes.
 

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For what the tractors cost,depending on your use....... is saving $20-50 a year worth it? There are many aftermarket parts and accessories where you can save a lot of $$$ but, the lifeblood of your tractor shouldn't be one of them.
 

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For what the tractors cost,depending on your use....... is saving $20-50 a year worth it? There are many aftermarket parts and accessories where you can save a lot of $$$ but, the lifeblood of your tractor shouldn't be one of them.
I don't think anyone is advocating switching to this oil for your diesel tractor. I don't even think it is diesel rated. But if anyone is looking for a lower cost full synthetic for things like lawn mowers, generators, etc. it might be something to consider.

This oil is actually made by Warren Distribution which is a well known lubricants manufacturer. They also make the "Super Tech" house brand that Walmart sells. Under the Super Tech name they sell a 5-QT jug of 5W-30 full synthetic for $17.50. I've read a lot of good things about Super Tech oil. Warren also makes Mag-2, Polar, Accel, Craftsman, Gumout and a host of private label brands like Amazon Basic and Walmart Super Tech.

Personally, I will continue to use JD's 0W-40 Plus-50 II full synthetic in my tractor.
 
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