Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Northeastern BC
I agree with Maritime Storm, he summed it up pretty well.
The main difference with synthetic oil is it's ability maintain a more consistent viscosity at extreme temperature. And by extreme temperature, I mean like the temperatures you're never going to see in the Lower Mainland, I'm talking < -30.
That being said, when I was living up in Fort St. John, we used conventional oil in all our work trucks and I never heard of a problem from that either. Mind you, the trucks get replaced at around 100,000 km. The engines seem fine, but the rest of the truck is completely thunder-f*cked at that point.
On my personal truck I use synthetic. The only difference I notice is that starting it in the minus 30's is a little easier, when it hasn't been plugged in. But with the block-heater, I honestly don't see any difference.
Personally, in the Lower Mainland, I wouldn't spend the extra money, any more than I'd buy a set of expensive snow tires if I lived in Florida. For me, the purpose of owning a Ranger is, in large part, to save $$. Spending it on stuff that probably wouldn't make much difference sort of defeats the purpose, in my opinion. I'd rather use the money for other maintenance items that will crop up eventually.
If Princess Auto were a real girl, I'd ask her to marry me.