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Now, I have to be honest when it comes to oil for my car I usually don't take much notice. Until I got my new car, I used to just buy the cheapest oil available and didn't really care about spending more. However, since buying my new car I have sworn to myself that I will look after it completely and spend on it so it runs well. I decided to finally fork out the money for Castrol oil as in my handbook it recommends this oil, I went on the official Castrol website to find out which oil was right for my car and it came up with the Castrol EDGE 5W-40 which says that it is the strongest oil for maximum performance but my car isn't sporty.
You can either buy this oil in a 4litre or 1 litre bottle, I went for the 1 litre as that suits my needs for now. It is distinct, it comes in a tall, slanted top gold metallic bottle with a bright red lid and the label on the front has the Castrol logo and EDGE in gold lettering, it states that it is FST Fluid Strength Technology and that it is fully synthetic. The reverse of the bottle has more information on the oil itself and the cars that it is suitable for, it also has some health warnings and brand information. Castrol oils come in different coloured bottles which makes them easy to identify and the 5W-40 is bold on the front so that you pick up the right oil.
CASTROL EDGE 5W-40 OIL
So, where to begin when talking about car oil? Well, firstly it has safety warnings, it states that oils are hazardous and to avoid prolonged or repeated skin contact with engine oils. This oil has been developed for engines that needs GM dexos2 engine oil performance. Now, I have a Peugeot 207 but this states the brands that this oil is for which are: VW, Audi, SEAT, Skoda, BMW, MINI, FIAT, Vauxhall, Mercedez-Benz, Smart, Renault and Porsche, all quite high performance cars. This oil has been created as an advanced strength oil for adaptive strength and ready to perform with driver demands, so basically I assume that means quite sporty cars.
The plus side of using an oil like 5W-40 is that it helps performance a lot more, even when your car is under pressure, it maximises short and long term engine performance. It also gives protection across a lot of levels of driving conditions and temperatures and helps maximise engine response. This oil also seems to give confidence with a car that has higher revving, that work under increased pressures. I am not a car expert nor will I make on that I am but I am purely giving my opinion based on what I know and as a general consumer. I topped the oil up in my car when it was a bit lower on the dip stick and had a mechanic assist me.
I found that with this oil, I didn't need to put too much in and the oil was at the right level, I do a lot of city driving and less motorway driving at the minute but find my oil has been great. I never have any problems and my car runs very well, I cannot lie and say that I know the oil has helped me out but I do think it helps with performance and my car sounds great to run. I top it up only when I check my dip stick but it seems to last well which is good and the garage never bring up any problems with my oil so it must be ok. I find it easy to top up my oil and the bottle is a good size to help pour it in as it can be held with a good grip.
If you have the 4 litre sized bottle it has a handle on the side to also make it easier to pour the oil in. What's good is down the side there is a frosted clear strip and measurements where it has marked 750ml/500ml/250ml and you can see the level of oil in this strip to know how much you have left. Basically when I topped up my oil i used just over 250ml and it did the trick and it is great to see this. The lid screws on very tightly and the oil smells strong of course and is a kind of golden brown colour, it is easy to see when topping up and I will definitely purchase Castrol again as using a well known, reputable brand puts my mind at ease when it comes to my car.
To buy this oil you can buy it at all car places like Halfords and supermarkets too. I bought my 1 litre bottle in Asda where it was £12 and they sell the 4 litre for £37 which goes up quite a bit more, BP sell it but for double the price so Asda probably have the best price. This oil will sometimes be on offer but it is handy to have a bottle in the boot of your car for safety.
The official Castrol website is http://castroledge.com/uk/ where you can find out which oil your car needs.