Another timely find:

"Synthetic or conventional oil? The verdict is finally in"

though it is a fluff piece with no real information.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/ownership/synthetic-or-conventional-oil-the-verdict-is-finally-in/ar-BBEs0Bw?li=BBnb7Kz

On Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 8:23 AM, Curt Raymond via Mercedes <
mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:

> I use synthetic in the cars because VW requires it but also because they
> get 10,000 mile oil changes. The Golf gets Lubrimoly 4100 as it meets the
> proper VW spec, the Jetta is older and M1 5w40 is good enough for it.
>
> The pickup used to get M1 but last year I changed to the Valvoline quickie
> change place which I think I like better. I argued that Valvoline was the
> only FLAPS available oil that met the VW spec for the Golf it must be okay
> stuff and good enough for the pickup. Thats at 5,000 miles now, I'll pull a
> sample before it gets changed in the fall and see where its at.My pickup,
> like OK Don's sits a fair amount but when it works it works hard in bad
> conditions so synthetic is a good choice.
> If I were using conventional oil I'd keep the change intervals short, but
> I prefer to be driving rather than changing the oil. I think the cost of my
> time and a quality filter more than makes up for the extra cost of the oil.
> -Curt
>
>
>       From: archer75--- via Mercedes <mercedes@okiebenz.com>
>  To: Mercedes Discussion List <mercedes@okiebenz.com>
> Cc: "arche...@embarqmail.com" <arche...@embarqmail.com>
>  Sent: Wednesday, August 9, 2017 4:42 AM
>  Subject: [MBZ] Synthetic versus Dino Oil
>
>
> Many automakers require owners to use synthetic motor oil in their cars’
> engines. This is because synthetic oil has some advantages over
> conventional motor oil. It’s designed to be more effective at:
>
>     Resisting break-down, and thus lasts longer than mineral oil
>     Withstanding high temperatures
>     Flowing in cold temperatures, thus reducing engine wear during frigid
> startups.
>
> However, synthetic motor oil can cost two to four times as much as regular
> oil. So unless your owner's manual specifies synthetic, you don’t need it.
> But Consumer Reports’ chief mechanic says there are some situations where
> synthetic oil’s resistance to breakdown can help prolong the life of an
> engine.
>
> If you make lots of short trips, standard motor oil may never get warm
> enough to burn off moisture and impurities. That could hasten the breakdown
> of conventional oil. Also, if you live in a region with very cold winters
> or very hot summers, or if you use your vehicle for towing or hauling heavy
> material, synthetic oil won’t break down as quickly. While synthetic
> generally holds up better and can serve for more miles, it is important to
> not extend oil changes beyond the time interval recommended by the
> manufacturer—typically six months or a year.
>
> Another good use for synthetic oil is as a salve for older engines prone
> to sludge buildup. This gunky residue can block oil passages and lead to a
> quick death of an engine. In the early 2000s, several engines from
> Chrysler, Toyota, and Volkswagen, among others, were especially prone to
> sludge buildup. This sludge forms when oil breaks down. Synthetic oil would
> be beneficial in those engines, as it is less likely to form troublesome
> sludge.
>
> Using synthetic in these situations will prolong your oil life and require
> fewer changes. That’s a major benefit to the environment, as used motor oil
> is a major source of toxic waste in water. Your pocketbook will also thank
> you.
>
> https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2015/07/when-
> should-you-consider-synthetic-oil/index.htm
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