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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Cat 3126ta engine oil

    I have only used Exol in my Cats, the Marine 123. It is a little more expensive than the Taurus as it has Marine in the title, so we always pay more for that. Tomorrow 50 litres is going into Rafiki’s Cats. I’m sure she will appreciate it.

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    Default Re: Cat 3126ta engine oil

    Yep - we all moan about the cost and frequency of oil changes, but it does make you feel good when you know the engines have new oil...! Now I am going to have to look up Exol Marine 123
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    Default Re: Cat 3126ta engine oil

    Quote Originally Posted by John100156 View Post
    Yep - we all moan about the cost and frequency of oil changes, but it does make you feel good when you know the engines have new oil...! Now I am going to have to look up Exol Marine 123
    I buy direct from local oil retailers. For me Clarke Oils in Redditch. Mainly supplying to trade, but ever so helpful. Also bought Exol coolant from them too, all jolly good prices. They deliver foc too.

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    Default Re: Cat 3126ta engine oil

    For completeness:

    Optima-Marine-123-M054.jpg
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    Default Re: Cat 3126ta engine oil

    Rafiki’s Cats seemed to enjoy the fresh oil today. Love the way Cat makes this easy, with the position of the filters, and the built-in pumps.

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    Default Re: Cat 3126ta engine oil

    Well what to do:-

    Exol Taurus 30 @ £49.29 for 25L so £1.97/L
    Synergy Cygnus HDX30 @ £43.54 for 20L so £ 2.18/L
    Exol Optima Marine 123 @ £66.96 for 25L so £2.68/L

    All above include VAT - good reports from Cat owners for both Taurus 30 and Marine 123 comparing to Cat Spec looks like 123 most closely matches unless other oil Guru's advise otherwise, need to order on Monday so any further advice welcome....!
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    Default Re: Cat 3126ta engine oil

    Go for the latter, you know you want to.
    After all, a "marine" label has got to be worth a £0.71/L difference!

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    Default Re: Cat 3126ta engine oil

    Yep, you read me very well. I was going to go for Taurus originally but Paul's comments have skewed my thinking..!

    In reality, it probably makes very little difference, given the frequency we change oil and filters, but it might make me feel a little more comfortable, extending oil change intervals perhaps to two years....
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    Default Re: Cat 3126ta engine oil

    Cheaper oils give off a bit of a pong when they’ve done a bit of work. The 50 odd litres I drained yesterday was pretty sweet. Must be the Marine tag

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    Default Re: Cat 3126ta engine oil

    Actually Rafiki, it is the "marine" as the additives package is better suited to a marine environment as the marine variant is slightly different on only its additives package.
    I am old and wise because i was young and stupid.

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