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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 06-12-2011, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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Pennzoil Platinum or Pennzoil Ultra???

I am definitely not wanting to start another oil thread. However, I have been a longtime Mobil1 user and due to the oil analysis given on the forum I am wanting to change. I purchased the Ultra, however, I got back on the forum and saw a lot of platinum recommendations...so which is the better one? Thank you again!

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Re: Pennzoil Platinum or Pennzoil Ultra???

Pennzoil Ultra is designed as the newer and better product, and it probably is superior. However, it has not applied for the Dexos 1 license from GM, while Pennzoil Platinum has, so it is not as "butt covering" from a warranty perspective. The concern is likely built more on cynical paranoia (on my part, as well as some other forum members) rather than a real possibility of warranty voiding, but Pennzoil Platinum covers all of the bases. Besides, it seems that both Pennzoil oils perform well in lambda engine UOAs, so why take any chances for GM to try to get out of expensive warranty coverage?

If Pennzoil decides to obtain the Dexos 1 license for Ultra, then the slight extra cost per quart might be worth the consideration for an upgrade from Platinum.

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Re: Pennzoil Platinum or Pennzoil Ultra???

Thanks Gold...looks like I will take the Ultra back and get the Platinum

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Re: Pennzoil Platinum or Pennzoil Ultra???

FWIW. My oil change history: First, Mobil 1. Second Pennzoil Platinum. Third, Pennzoil Ultra. Fourth, Ultra.
Current milage: 15.3K.
Will get my next one in the next week or so, when I take the time to get it done. Will be Ultra.

I have not had any UOA's, but I will take a sample and submit for a UOA just before this upcoming change.

Edit: If it ever came to a challenge over warranty issues, I would make the argument (successful or not) that "Well, it was a Buick dealer that
installed the oil, so I find him as liable as I am".

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I have to agree with GoldEnclave. Once the Ultra is approved I may make the switch as well from the Platinum.

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Re: Pennzoil Platinum or Pennzoil Ultra???

Papas...

Just curious why you went from the Platinum to the Ultra?

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Re: Pennzoil Platinum or Pennzoil Ultra???

tmudd - what year is your Clave?

I just switched from Mobil 1 to Pennzoil Ultra and I am not looking back. Now I don't have a 2011 but we all know that if PP meets the spec then so does P Ultra. It costs manufacturers a TON of money to have their products "comply" with specs and Pennzoil certainly feels that it's in their best interest to have the Platinium certified since its cheaper and will attract far more buyers than the more costly Ultra product.

My 2 cents is that they are both great products but I wouldn't sweat it using P Ultra in place of Platinum if that is your first choice. There is no difference in the 2010 engine and the 2011 so there is ZERO reason not to use the best possible oil if your wallet can afford it and, at this time, the Ultra holds the trophy

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Pennzoil Ultra is only a little more money for an oil that is even better than the excellent Pennzoil Platinum. However, the UOAs of PP are great and there is zero chance of a GM warranty challenge. I may be a bit paranoid, but why take any chances when PP will keep our engines running great for years beyond when most of us will be trading our cars in anyway. If PU becomes licensed, then I might switch from PP, and might recommend it over the well respected PP.

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Papas...

Just curious why you went from the Platinum to the Ultra?
Generally, I try to keep a vehicle going for as long as I can. I am not one to change every few years. It was not that I had any
reservations with PP, but from the reading I did, I just thought PU might be just a little better. The cost difference for PU was not
something that really entered my mind. And, in my advancing years, this just may be pretty close to my last vehicle. I probably would
not have gone for something this large, if it were not for two great-grandsons, that live bout 30 minutes away, and spend a good deal of
time with us. Mainly bought to carry them around in. And no regrets in the purchase.

In a nutshell, I would not have any problems with PP. Each of us make a decision that suits us. PU suits me.

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FWIW. My oil change history: First, Mobil 1. Second Pennzoil Platinum. Third, Pennzoil Ultra. Fourth, Ultra.
Current milage: 15.3K.
Will get my next one in the next week or so, when I take the time to get it done. Will be Ultra.
I used M1 0W30 for a couple oil changes, and have since switched to Ultra, with 5K OCI's. Will be performing an oil change in about 1k miles, with a UOA to follow.

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