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    Salesmen said they (AUTOPRO) have just started bring in ELF and got them just this weekend. I picked it up at Gosford AUTOPRO - nice big store that one!! Reminds me of Powderworks Spares in Narrabeen........think "kid in a toy shop"!

    Paid $54.95 for 5L of ELF Excellium 5W40. Seems to be a good range of stock and also in many different weights. From memory, this is cheaper than what I paid for the same (TOTAL) when in service last in Sydney......

    Happy hunting - hope this helps....
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    Thanks for the heads up.

    My 180 will be at 1000 kms in the next week or two, so I've got to start looking for some Total or Elf oil. I'd rather Total just because that's what is recommended.

    Are these oils hard to come by in Sydney?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ekliptix
    Thanks for the heads up.

    My 180 will be at 1000 kms in the next week or two, so I've got to start looking for some Total or Elf oil. I'd rather Total just because that's what is recommended.

    Are these oils hard to come by in Sydney?

    Should be the same for all Autopro stores, inc sydney, as they are a nationwide chain - they would have to be part of the sales deal I would think.

    ELF / TOTAL = Same stuff, have a look at other posts on this topic!! IJust remember - IT HAS TO BE 5W40........today, many bottles of ELF are labelled "Excellium GP" but there are many 'weights' that you have to be careful with.

    Cheers!

    bet you are enjoying your GTi180! I have had mind since April 05 and have already kicked over 16500kms...........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ekliptix
    Thanks for the heads up.

    My 180 will be at 1000 kms in the next week or two, so I've got to start looking for some Total or Elf oil. I'd rather Total just because that's what is recommended.

    Are these oils hard to come by in Sydney?
    Total oil seems to only be available at select Pug dealers (they import it so it is very pricey), whereas Elf oils seem to be popping up everywhere these days. I've personally seen it at Autobarn in Auburn (same price - $54.95), but not at Autobarn Villawood.

    The "most favoured" Pug specialist on Victoria Rd Gladesville also sells it - A & P Automotive or something like that.

    Do a search of the Forums for Elf Oils and I'm sure you will find a few more threads with this info in them.
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    Supercheap auto had 20% off everything today. Picked up 2 pots of mobil 5w-50 @ $50 each. Considering that there usually $64 a pop, I found that a bargain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ekliptix
    Thanks for the heads up.

    My 180 will be at 1000 kms in the next week or two, so I've got to start looking for some Total or Elf oil. I'd rather Total just because that's what is recommended.

    Are these oils hard to come by in Sydney?
    When is your 180 due for its first service?
    Reason i ask is that i had just bought my 307 sport (also the 180 motor) and the log book and dealer are saying first service at 10,000kms.

    Also would the peugeot dealer not use TOTAL when changing your oil??
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    Mi16 Man: Yeah I'm really enjoying the 180. It's great, it's only just hit 700 kms, so I am hanging out to actually rev it out a bit and have some fun. The handling is my favourite thing about it, I just can't get enough of those S bends now!

    I might check out Autobahn at Auburn and see if I can track down some Elf oil. I didn't realise Total and Elf were one and the same.

    307Feline: My 180's first service is not due until 10000 kms, however as well built as I'm sure the car is I would feel more comfortable changing the oil at 1000 kms anyway. I own a 200SX as well so I am used to changing oil every 5000 kms under normal circumstances, so 10000 kms seems a long time to be leaving the same batch of oil in a car.

    Maybe it's a European thing and I'm being over cautious, can anyone tell me either way?
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    I used to change the oil in my mazda sp20 evey 5,000kms but since this is my first brand new car and my first car that still under warranty i thought i'd follow the recommended service intervals....

    I do agree that 10,000 is a veeerrryyy long time to keep the same oil, but i guess they wouldnt recommend it if it was doing harm to the engine???
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    one of the local exhaust places in town here is a TOTAL supplier/stockist

    i am yet to go in and ask them what they have but last time i drove past there i saw 4 pallets of 205L drums in red with TOTAL across them

    the ford dealership in dubbo used to stock ELF but it didn't sell so they opted out of it now
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    Quote Originally Posted by 307FELINE
    I do agree that 10,000 is a veeerrryyy long time to keep the same oil, but i guess they wouldnt recommend it if it was doing harm to the engine???
    Hmm, well I guess it will surprise both of you to know that Peugeot recommend 20k oil changes, not 10k. Have a look in the owner's manual if you are feeling skeptical

    I think 10k is a good interval (though when it was new I changed it at 1500km) but 20k is way too long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SLC206
    Hmm, well I guess it will surprise both of you to know that Peugeot recommend 20k oil changes, not 10k. Have a look in the owner's manual if you are feeling skeptical

    I think 10k is a good interval (though when it was new I changed it at 1500km) but 20k is way too long.
    Simon, i read the 20k change thing on a uk website before buying and it amazed me that they would recommend such a long interval. 10k is very acceptable.

    I guess they thought that if the time between services is longer, buyers would think it will be cheaper to run (overall) .
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    I heard from the SA Elf distributor (where I get my oil from) that they were looking to push into Sprint Auto Parts soon - I'm not sure if that's just in S.A. or nationally. However, the one thing he told me about was they were looking to run a Renault competition where you could win Renault F1 gear and a trip to Melbourne to be a guest of the F1 team for the weekend. So that could be worth looking out for!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SLC206
    Hmm, well I guess it will surprise both of you to know that Peugeot recommend 20k oil changes, not 10k. Have a look in the owner's manual if you are feeling skeptical

    I think 10k is a good interval (though when it was new I changed it at 1500km) but 20k is way too long.

    Maybe that interval is more about reducing costs for the fleet/lease market than looking after the car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BogMaster
    Maybe that interval is more about reducing costs for the fleet/lease market than looking after the car.

    me thinks so too
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    20000 kms is way too long for my liking. I only do about 10000 kms per year so that would mean I would only need to service my car every 2 years!

    I think I'll change it at 1000 or 1500 kms and then service it at 10000 kms.

    Does it make any difference how often the oil is changed in months/years? In my 200SX's manual it says to change the oil every 5000 kms or 6 months.
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    usually the service intervals are based on mileage or time. when I had my RSC, I used to get an oil chance every 6 months if I didn't hit the mileage. I did do an oil change after the first 1,000kms too.

    I will be doing the same with the Megane too. however, when I emailed Paul at Auto Paris, he recommended bringing it in at 4,000kms. I will do the service at the recommended intervals but oil change every 6 months/5,000kms.

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    Yeah sounds good to me blue2th. I think I'll do the same.

    Service it every 10000 kms as Peugeot recommends but change the oil myself ever 5000 kms or 6 months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ekliptix
    Yeah sounds good to me blue2th. I think I'll do the same.

    Service it every 10000 kms as Peugeot recommends but change the oil myself ever 5000 kms or 6 months.
    Service (as Peugeot Oz recommends) is 20,000km/12 months.
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    Guys, are you sure there isn't a standard 20,000km service interval, but then also a 10,000km 'severe duty' service interval?

    The reason I ask is that severe duty usually includes stop start city driving (if you read the small print) so many of you might find this is the most appropriate change interval anyway.

    I agree with the above; a lot of this is marketing competition. Oils are better and engines run cleaner, but the metal particles still end up i the oil... As for the first change, I'd definitely do it early myself, just the oil, not the filter.

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    if your worried about bits of metal floating in your oil, go down to JayCar and grab a Rare Earth Magnet and whack it on your oil filter. it works quite well, cut the filter apart and you will find small deposits around where the magnet was.

    i used to do it, then a mechanic nicked off with my magnet and ive been too lazy to get a new one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuey
    Guys, are you sure there isn't a standard 20,000km service interval, but then also a 10,000km 'severe duty' service interval?

    The reason I ask is that severe duty usually includes stop start city driving (if you read the small print) so many of you might find this is the most appropriate change interval anyway.

    I agree with the above; a lot of this is marketing competition. Oils are better and engines run cleaner, but the metal particles still end up i the oil... As for the first change, I'd definitely do it early myself, just the oil, not the filter.

    Cheers

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    You are right Stuey, at one time the Govt department I was working for was looking at fleet costs based on essentially one service from new to disposal. (ie:20,000km).

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    Yeah, I've thought of that once before, because I've seen those filter magnet 'sheath' thingies you can buy (and I've got a Jaycar catalogue!).

    I would only worry about it in the first 20,000km, though, and unfortunately it wouldn't work on the non-ferrous bearing materials and piston metal. Mind you, they're soft anyway!

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