Super Tech Synthetic Oil vs Mobil 1: Which is Better?
I thought I didn’t need to buy a high-quality oil for my vehicle since my job isn’t on the road.
But after sending my 2015 Camry to the shop twice in three months for oil changes last year, I decided to try something new.
While shopping around, I came across this product and, after reading some reviews, decided to give it a go.
I was nervous about this and thought my Camry was busted, so I went ahead and took it to the shop for a check-up and the mechanic confirmed that the oil was still clean and the engine was still in great shape.
I’m not sure how many more miles I’ll get on this fill-up, but I know that this will be my oil of choice moving forward.
Here are the big key things to know about this oil.
This oil is advertised as being great for modern machines and promises that high-performance machines can benefit from this stuff.
I can’t speak for that, but it seems just fine for cars like mine.
- Extends the life of your engine and vehicle
- Prevents gunk and sludge buildup
- Fewer oil changes required per year
- Limited year long or 200,000 mile warranty
The oil helps prevent engine breakdown, which will extend the life of your vehicle like it did mine.
If this design gets improved, we could be looking at once a year oil changes, which would be a huge time and money saver.
The oil comes in a variety of viscosities, each having some different specs. But Mobil does a great job of giving you all the detail on this oil’s page on their website.
So you can more easily pick the viscosity you need.
- The 0W-20 meets or exceeds the requirements of ILSAC GF-5 and API SN Plus Resource Conserving, Sn Plus, SN-RC, SN, SM, SL, and SJ.
- It meets at least one builder approval from both General Motors and Ford.
- It also has the quality level of General Motors 6094M and API CF.
- High Quality product that requires fewer oil changes
- A warranty that will last most users for a full year of service
- Save money on labor and repairs because of better working oil
- Warranty requires using Mobil filters
- Initial upfront cost is high compared to standard oils
All said, this is a great product and I’m happy I bought it.
The initial cost is nothing compared to the money I’m saving from doing fewer oil changes.
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Since I had such a great time with my new synthetic oils, I told my close friends about it. They wanted to try some other oils, with Super Tech Full Synthetic 5W30 being high on their list.
I asked them why they tried a different brand and they mentioned that the sales rep convinced them that this brand would work better for their vehicles than Mobil 1 does.
I wasn’t convinced, but they told me that Super Tech did the trick of keeping their engine safe just like mine did, but for a lower price point.
I wasn’t convinced, so I asked them to help me compare and contrast the two. Here’s what they found.
This oil is reportedly designed to work for gasoline engines, meaning that on paper it works just as well for high-performance machines and standard cars like mine.
Some customers report the need for an extra quart to make up for a slight product loss.
From the listing on Wal-Mart’s website, it doesn’t mention a warranty like Mobil 1 does, which could be something to think about.
- Utilizes 100 percent synthetic base oils and an high performance additive system that provides protection against sludge and varnish
- Increased protection for tough driving conditions
- Anti-wear additive to extend engine life by helping reduce and limit wear and oil breakdown
- Compatibility with conventional and synthetic motor oils
My friends were right to say that this oil does the job of protecting their engine, but the lack of a warranty mention makes me wonder if the cost break is worth it.
But for careful or infrequent driving, this shouldn’t be an issue.
What I do like is the anti-wear additives that may make this oil protect your engine for longer.
This oil comes in a 5 quart container with a full synthetic oil. It weighs in at 11 lbs which would make it easy to carry and handle when you’re working on your vehicle.
It has a 5w30 viscosity making it an ideal oil for winter conditions.
This particular viscosity lists the following facts about warranty requirements.
This means that it passes slightly fewer restrictions and requirements than Mobil 1, but this may not matter to most standard users.
- Lower Price Point than competing synthetic oils
- Offers similar protection to premium competitors
- Available at Wal-Mart making it more conveniently accessible to most shoppers
- No mention of a warranty in case something goes wrong
- Customers say this requires oil changes an average of every 7000 miles
My friend and I discussed this point and decided that Mobil 1 may be the better buy if you want increased protection and guarantees.
But if you are an infrequent or very cautious driver, then you may be just fine with the Super Tech brand motor oil.
Personally, as I do a lot of my business on the road, I need the better guarantee that Mobil 1 offers, so that’s my oil of choice.
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It is also the most expensive, so users may have to consider for themselves if the cost is worth while for their needs.
If cost is a concern, then I would recommend the Castrol brand, as it does the same great job at slightly lower cost.
Also to consider: Castrol Edge
There was one oil brand that my friends and I came across that we didn’t cover previously, that may be the middle ground between our two preferred brands.
That brand is none other than the Castrol 03087 EDGE Extended Performance.
Since neither my friend or I have had direct experience with this, we talked to a few trusted mechanics to get their thoughts on it and here’s what we found.
There’s nothing too different about this oil compared to Super Tech or Mobil 1.
They are all designed to work with gasoline engines and come highly recommended to high performance engines.
These oils are also safe enough to be used by standard engines and vehicles.
The company suggests that the oil can last a driver up to 15,000 miles between oil changes and that it can withstand changing weather, seasonal, and driving conditions.
- Keeps it simple by guaranteeing 15,000 miles between oil changes as long as your are under warranty.
- Increased viscosity stability under extreme engine force
- Titanium additive that provides enhanced engine and vehicle protection.
My colleague and I both agree that Castrol keeping their list of features short helps zero in on what makes this oil special compared to either of the others in this review.
You should beware that the extended servicing is stated to not be recommended for severe applications such as racing, driving through dirty/dusty conditions, towing and hauling, or other commercial uses.
It doesn’t offer as many miles to the quart as Mobil 1, but it offers a number for most users that is far higher than standard oils.
- This oil comes in the following grades; 0W-20, 5W-20, 5W-30 and 10W-30.
- This is great for users with multiple vehicles or who have non-standard vehicles that require different viscosity oils for their use.
- This motor oil meets or exceeds North American new vehicle warranty requirements for applications requiring ILSAC GF-5, GF-4 and GF-3 and/or API SN, SM and SL.
The buyer should be aware that different viscosities actually have different levels of requirement exceeding.
For example, the 5W-20 and 5W-30 viscosities both have the highest number of requirement checkmarks. Be sure to check out more information by reading the product info sheet available at this link.
- A fair price point
- 15,000 mile guarantee between oil changes
- A very clear product info sheet to make shopping easier
- Doesn’t quite outperform Mobil 1
- Not quite as easily accessible as the Super Tech brand
With these choices, you should have as much information as I do regarding the popular synthetic oil brands.
Whether you are a frequent driver who needs stronger and longer-lasting protection or a casual driver who doesn’t want to deal with the hassle of frequent oil changes, these are great options.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you’re still wondering why you might want either of these oils, consider the following.
The Synthetic Difference
Conventional oils use oil drilled from the earth, which exposes the oil to a lot of impurities.
These impurities can weaken the effectiveness of the oil and can potentially cause problems for your vehicle.
Also, because synthetic oils are created in a lab, they tend to have a better low and high temperature viscosity and more reliable stability.
This means that there’s far less evaporative loss and it resists oxidation, thermal breakdown, and sludge. Users who have switched over to fully synthetic oils have also enjoyed extended drain intervals and a longer engine life.
The biggest benefit though for synthetic oils is how it protects the environment.
Since synthetic oils produce less oil waste, it means that our environment sees far less harm than the footprint left behind by conventional oils. What you may pay in price results in savings to the planet.
But what do you get for your money besides longer lasting engines and increased protection and performance?
How long do these last
For most Americans, you can expect to drive an average of 1000 – 1500 miles per month.
Whether you drive to work, to pick up groceries and friends, or to transport yourself or your family, that’s a lot of wear on your engine.
Super Tech oil customers have said that they only change their oil every 7000 miles, which for the average driver is around 5-7 months.
This is over twice the amount of miles recommended for users of conventional oils. Castrol and Mobil 1 stand tall over both of these oils, offering 15,000 and 200,000 or one year warranty guarantees respectively.
This guarantees that you, as a consumer, will get more than your moneys worth when you switch to Synthetic oils for your vehicle needs.
But whichever oil you choose, be sure to ask your supplier if they offer a warranty, as you always want protection in case anything goes wrong.
Switching to synthetic oils is clearly the right choice.
Black Stone labs tested thiusands if engines and found no difference in wear in the engines that used expensive or cheaper motor oils like Super Tech there was no difference in wear. Save your money. Go Super Tech. It carries the API label
Warranty? You think Mobil will really buy you a new engine if something goes wrong with it just because you use Mobil One. I have a bridge to sell you.
Good point. A warranty is nothing more than a pipe dream, or a new car from Santa Claus …if you believe that 🙂
Prius Slave says
Disappointing. Reading and regurgitation of their spec. sheets is not enlightening.
Search Scotty Kilmer Amazon Engine Oil. For a truly educational primer on oil. Their oil is made by the same company that makes Super Tech… I won’t even get into that bull warranty crap. Most cars have conditions that would void the warranty after you pay for the engine disassembly…
Ken Robey says
The word synthetic has a lot meanings. When applying that word to motor oil, it means something like “not naturally occurring”. Most of what is in your bottle of synthetic oil came out of the ground as crude oil. It is how the refineries process that crude oil that turns it into gasoline, regular oil, diesel fuel, synthetic oil, or pretty much any kind of plastic. What makes synthetic oil special is that refiners have figured out a way to make all of its molecules relatively the same size. This microscopic uniformity is what gives synthetic oil its excellent wear and stability. What sets one synthetic oil apart from another, and why I said that “most” of the bottle contents was originally crude oil, are additive packages that the refiners add to it.
Sir, your information needs a little tweaking, Full synthetic oil is 100% man made ie… it is not derived from crude oil in any way shape or form.
I’m surprised a synthetic dealer has not set you straight on that already?
We all know your oil and filter is very important and so is your gasoline. Mobil One filter $10.00 at Walmart or Amazon Prime. Use Top Tier gasolines. You can Google Top Tier Gasolines and get the list. They have more detergents.
I was looking for 20w50 synthetic oil for my 2016 Harley FLSTC & oil for my 2018 1500 v6 RAM truck.I have been using Amsoil forever in my Harleys,saw Supertech 20w50 the other day & wondered is this oil as good as Amsoil?Some say ????? or wants to spend $13.00+ on some kind of oil that other bikers have used.Any info feedback?Ram requires MS-6395 5w-30 oil,Not many Co. makes this,not even Mob.1.Any info feedback?Thanks
Use Super Tech full synthetic. It comes in 5w30. I have 283,000 miles on my Ram using this.
Get on oem or oe filter. Many after market one are inferior. One highly rated for one filter will not translate into a high rating for another model.
Ex marine, auto mechanic, welder and retired. Have done my research on oils and they’re specific properties and its super tech for me, I’m also a great fan of marvel mystery oil.
10-4 on the Marvel Mystery Oil, but… not good to use in the gasoline anymore. It will mess up the catalytic converter over time. But as a lubricant additive yes sir. It has been my opinion since engines have more top end components, cams, chains, valves etc. then a “top oil” like Marvel Mystery Oil is exactly what modern engines would like, as well as improving flow rates that our variable valve timing mechanisms like, to respond fast and accurately.
Disagree,used as directed diluted at the he proper ratio it will not harm the converter.
Synthetic oil is NOT made in a lab! It’s made in chemical plants using decene and dodecene. 4 companies make up nearly ALL of the syn oil world wide. I produced stock for Royal purple as well as Tech minus the pixy dust.
SuperTech has all the fancy letters and numbers on the bottle like the big guys. Look for the round donut on the jug that specifies API. American Petroleum Institute. That’s all you need to know.
Mobile 1 all the way. Honda CRV with 364k miles changed oil every 6mo. lime clockwork.
NEVER a SINGLE ISSUE, no leaks either. REMEMEBER I SAID OIL CHNGS EVERY 6MO/2PER YEAR ALL HWY MILES THATS Y.
I have a neighbor that has 750,000 miles on his 07 Honda Ridgeline. He says he knows nothing about cars/trucks. He told me he changes the oil and filter when the OLM comes on and he gets the oil and filter done at the dealership for $29.95 with his $10.00 off coupon. Now for that money he is probably getting synthetic blend.
Adam C Bentley says
This article is good for someone that knows absolutely nothing about motor oil. For those that have a basic understanding of conventional, synthetic oils, synthetic groups (1 – 5), additive packages etc, the article provides zip. If a person is really interested in motor oil, check out Bob Is The Oil Guy. You get real facts there from experienced and knowledgeable people including tribologists (oil engineers) and industry folks. You can find actual oil analyses and compare brands and categories using real and tangible information, not just random, unsubstantiated opinion.