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How Many Options Do I Have When it Comes to Motor Oil?

You have four options when it comes to motor oil, but the best motor oil for your automobile depends on a few things. Horizon Auto Center advises that the first thing you should consider is what your vehicle manufacturer recommends. In other words, check for the recommended oil type in your owner’s manual. Secondly, the type of oil that is best for your engine can also depend on your engine type and the weather conditions outside. Let’s talk more about this below.


In existence for over 100 years, conventional motor oil has proven to be reliable in protecting engines. This oil is the most-used oil on the market. As we mentioned above, your engine type can determine the best motor oil for your automobile, and conventional motor oil is perfect for standard engines. Conventional motor oil is also the most affordable on our list, and it needs to be changed every 3,000 miles for it to do the best job of protecting your engine.


High-mileage motor oil is more expensive than conventional oil but it is worth it if your odometer reads 75,000 miles or more. Once your engine reaches this mileage milestone, it is more likely to start leaking oil. The reason why high-mileage motor oil is recommended for older engines is that it has additives in it to help prevent an oil leak from forming. As with conventional motor oil, you need to have the high-mileage oil changed every 3,000 miles for the best results.


If you drive an automobile that has a high-performance engine, synthetic motor oil is the better option. This motor oil contains additives that help increase its viscosity and longevity. A high-performance engine needs greater protection than a standard engine does. As such, manufacturers such as BMW recommend synthetic motor oil for their engines. Synthetic also does a better job of remaining viscous and extreme weather conditions such as sub-zero temperatures.

Synthetic Blend

Finally, you can also choose a motor oil that is a synthetic blend if you would like the benefits of both synthetic and conventional motor oil. This motor oil lasts longer than 3,000 miles and contains additives to help protect your engine. This being said, it does not last as long as synthetic oil does but is more affordable. Choose a synthetic blend if you want the best of both worlds.

Call Horizon Auto Center in Rockwall, TX, today to schedule your next oil change. We can help you select the best oil for your engine.

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