2018 ROWE Stress Test Candidates Chosen – Here They Are!


When we clicked the ‘send’ button on the 2018 ROWE Stress Test email, we were instantly bombarded with hundreds of applicants.  The 2018 ROWE Stress Test is designed to supply a handful of customers with ROWE motor oil to test out in their engines for 5,000 miles.  By picking a variety of different engines, and in some cases similar engines under drastically different circumstances, we aim to get a feel of the quality ROWE provides.  Blackstone labs is a highly reputable oil tester, and we will be using them to detect everything from remaining additives in the used oil samples to engine wear.  We are using OE MANN filters for all of the participants.

These are the initial testers, so look forward to seeing how ROWE oil does in these engines!  We will select another several candidates in the upcoming weeks, so if you have something drastically different in mind that you think would be a fit, and it’s conspicuously missing from the list below, let us know in the comments!

2018 ROWE Stress Test Participants

Edward M – 2007 BMW 335i (N54) – 46,000 miles – 5000 miles between changes – Mixed Spirited driving – Testing (HIGHTEC SYNT RS HC-D) (5W40)

David L – 1989 Volvo 740GL – 478,000 miles – 15,000 miles between changes – Mixed Commuting driving – Testing (HIGHTEC SYNT RS HC-D) (5W40)

Karl R – 2003 BMW 330i ZHP – 167,000 miles – 5,000 miles between changes – Mixed Spirited ding – Testing (HIGHTEC SYNT RS HC-D) (5W40)

Julio M – 2011 BMW335i (N55) – 78,000 miles – 7-8,000 miles between changes – Mostly City driving – Testing (HIGHTEC SYNT RS HC-D) (5W40)

Jeremy P – 2004 VW Toureg 4.2l – 122,000 miles – 5-6,000 miles between changes – Mostly Highway driving – Testing (HIGHTEC SYNT RS HC-D) (5W40)

William T – 2008 Mercedes Benz E550 – 80,000 miles – 4,000 miles between changes – Mixed Commuting driving – Testing (HIGHTEC SYNT RS HC-D) (5W40)

Chris E – 2008 Saab 9-5 2.3t – 254,000 miles – 1 oil change per race – Endurance Race Car – Testing (HIGHTEC SYNT RS HC-D) (5W40)

Adam B – 2009 A8 Quattro L 4.2 – 176,000 miles – 4,000 miles between changes – Mixed Commuting driving- Testing (HIGHTEC SYNT RS DLS) (5W30)

Robert M – 2006 Saab 9-3 2.0T – 94,000 miles – 3,000 miles between changes – Mixed Commuting driving – Testing (HIGHTEC SYNT RS DLS) (5W30)

Kyle N – 2007 MINI Cooper 1.6 – 107,000 miles – 5,000 miles between changes – Mostly City driving – Testing (HIGHTEC SYNT RS DLS) (5W30)

Lucas P – 2000 Saab Viggen (heavily performance modified) – 155,000 miles – 3,000 miles between changes – Performance Driving – Testing (HIGHTEC SYNTH RS) (0W40)

Michael D – 2004 Porsche 911 GT3 – 45,000 miles – 4,000 miles between changes – Track Day Only Driving – Testing (HIGHTEC SYNTH RS) (0W40)

Ron C – 2010 VW Jetta TDI Cup Diesel – 10,100 miles – 2500 miles between changes – Mixed Commuting Driving – Testing (HIGHTEC MULTI SYNTH DPF) (5W30)

Edward S – 2010 BMW 335d Diesel – 93,000 miles – 3000 miles between changes – Mixed City driving – Testing (HIGHTEC MULTI SYNTH DPF) (5W30)

eEuroparts.com Racing – Audi RS3 LMS – 12,000 miles – 1 race between changes – Touring Car Racing only – Testing (HIGHTEC MULTI SYNTH DPF) (5W30)

Ernad J – 2003 BMW M3 – 66,000 miles – 5000 miles between changes – Primarily Track and AutoX driving – Testing (HIGHTEC RACING) (10W60)

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10 thoughts on “2018 ROWE Stress Test Candidates Chosen – Here They Are!
  1. Christopher Bolen

    How about a 36 year old 1982 Volvo 244 with 273,000 plus miles on it and driven 500 miles a week. 400 of that highway miles, the rest local stop and go.

    • Adam Goral

      Hey Chris, we were thinking about choosing a car like this, but for the first run we wanted to pick cars that are much more sensitive to very specific oil specifications. Oil that excels in applications like that should certainly do well in a low tolerance engine like the B230F. But, testing is king, and you’re right we can’t know for sure until we test. Stay tuned.

  2. Greg Netzner

    Will you be doing pre-test UOAs to establish baseline conditions on the cars? (It would suck if someone had a small coolant leak or excessive bearing wear going into the test.)
    I’m most familiar with Saabs, but overall I’d say your selected pairings look pretty conservative for “stress” testing these Group III oils.
    I’d be surprised if any of them show anything other than stellar results.

    • Adam Goral

      We will not be doing pre-test samples on the individual cars (although we encourage the owners do it themselves), but we will be sending in the virgin samples to get a solid baseline on every oil going out. Blackstone has a pretty good understanding of what’s going on with a car or the oil after observing the results to detect issues with the car rather than issues with the oil. Other than that, specifically what would you be interested in seeing besides the results for the cars selected? This is not the full group, rather simply this is the first half. Thanks Greg.

      • Greg Netzner

        Specifically, I’d say longer Oil Change Intervals. That’s the benefit of synthetics, right? Better protection over longer intervals, saving time and money while generating less waste and providing superior engine protection. I can’t speak towards specifics on all of the vehicles on the list (I’m guessing the ’89 Volvo 740 GL is *not* a turbo?) but, for example, the 2006 9-3 has a 6.3 qt oil capacity and the GM Oil Life Monitor programmed for syn oil. Why not reset the OLM and run the oil until a change is specified? Similarly, the 2010 BMW 335d Diesel has a 7.5 qt capacity, so a 3k mi OCI seems exceptionally short. The same with the 2008 Mercedes Benz E550’s 8.5 qt capacity and 4k mi OCI, the 2009 A8 Quattro L 4.2’s 8.4 qt capacity and 4k mi OCI, the 2010 VW Jetta TDI Cup Diesel’s 4.3 qt capacity and 2.5k mi OCI, etc. 🙂

        • Adam Goral

          Hey Greg, all of these cars (except for the endurace racer) will be going until 5k miles. By analyzing the wear up to 5k, Blackstone will then be able to advise a suitable mileage for the next oil change, this includes taking a TBN on the oil both virgin and after. This is an important indicator of oil life and longevity, as you know. A few testers have exhibited an uneasiness just thinking about going to 5k miles, since they’ve never done anything like this before. I tried to pick a few of these cars to test, because in many cases they are pouring good oil out. It’s hard to convince anyone of that until they see the numbers though, and that’s why we’re here now. It will be interesting for sure, looking forward!

          • Greg Netzner

            Ah, gotcha. Makes sense, considering those folks definitely *are* dumping good oil — and lots of it! 🙂

  3. Juan Tennant

    We have a 2012 Range Rover Sport with the 5.0L Supercharged engine. It has 143,000 miles. There aren’t a lot of oil options for this engine that meet the required Land Rover specs. It would be nice to see how the Rowe oil performs in this engine.

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