While on holiday recently, as we relaxed in the spa, we chatted with a retired couple who were doing the ‘grey nomad” thing, touring Australia in a Toyota Coaster camper bus. When Leanne mentioned that we have a dream to do the same thing one day, John, a retired automotive engineer, started giving us tips about how to go about it, and regaled us with tales of life on the road for more than an hour.
One of the things he shared, mainly for the benefit of another motorhome enthusiast listening in who had converted an old Volvo city bus into a camper, was the benefit of a product called Pro-Ma, an oil additive he had used for years in his vehicles, which he said makes a huge difference in the fuel economy and longevity of a vehicle’s engine by reducing friction between the moving parts inside the engine.
I was intrigued, so when I got home, I looked Pro-Ma up online, and sure enough, a lot of people are talking about it. I decided that I wanted to test Pro-Ma’s MBL-8 oil additive in our own vehicles to see if the claims are true or not. Fortuitously enough, I found that I could even get a 20% discount on the product by signing up as a distributor through the Pro-Ma website, as Pro-Ma are running a “Joining Spree” at this time, and have waived the usual distributor joining fee of $65 for the months of June and July 2014. If anyone reading this wants to get the same discount, I’d recommend joining before July 31. You may not end up buying anything, but at least you have locked in the 20% discount in case you decide to get something later.
Long story short, I will be posting the results of my little “product test” on this page in the future, after I have purchased the oil additive, which I will do before the next oil change on my car, which is due next month. So watch this space. I’m confident I will see some kind of result, based on the testimonials I have read, many of which report 50 or 100kms more per tankful of fuel. Also, an interesting fact I came across while researching Pro-Ma Peformance, is that Bell Performance, the company founded by American scientist Dr R J Bell who created the formula used in Pro-Ma Performance products, and has the exclusive rights to distribute their own range of similar products in the US, actually supplies the US government. So I’m thinking that there must be something to it. Here’s a short video demonstrating how the MBL8 product works:
Disclaimer: any sales of products made from links on this page can potentially lead to financial compensation for the writer. Please note however that anyone who signs up as a Pro-Ma Discount Member (the lowest Independent Distributor level in the Pro-Ma system) from this page does not have to sell any products themselves to achieve the 20% discount.
I have also estimated that I would need to spend upward of $50 a month on selected Pro-Ma products before I am entitled to any sales bonuses from this business in any given month. At this point I will only be purchasing the fuel saving/performance products as I estimate that I can save money even after taking into account the initial outlay. This means that at this time I will not be profiting from any sales.
That is not to say that I won’t be purchasing other Pro-Ma products in the future, as there are household and health products in the Pro-Ma range which I already use in other brand names, such as Dishwasher Powder, Dishwashing Liquid, Creme Cleanser, Laundry Liquid, Multivitamins, Meal Replacement Shakes, etc. Simply by changing brands I could easily achieve the 15 points per month (each product has a point value) and would then have my own online business. At this point however my main goal is to test whether the oil additive works, and then the fuel additive (again, I’d be changing brands as I currently use a Morey fuel additive in my diesel Citroen). To be honest, the other Pro-Ma products will probably cost a little more so I’d anticipate most people would not change brands, so from an ethical point of view I won’t be pushing the cleaning products etc but I DO see that the MBL-8 is a unique product that could save me money by reducing my motoring costs. Likewise the fuel additives.
From the research I have done, an MBL (Metal Based Lubricant) is the most effective of the oil treatments out there. Basically, how it works, is that the active ingredients are microscopic particles of copper and lead, which bond with the metal surfaces in your car’s engine, filling in and repairing any scratches and abrasions that are there, and causing them to slide more smoothly against each other. Harking back to the Bell Performance link, there was a test made comparing Bell’s own MBL-type product, Xtra-Lube, with others available on the US market, which validates that the MBL formulation for oil additives is superior.
Anyone that isn’t interested in becoming a distributor, can purchase the Pro-Ma Performance Products at the recommended retail price from this link (for Australia) or this link (New Zealand).
Update 28/08/14: After filling the tank with diesel today I have calculated that the average fuel consumption has dropped from 6.89 l/100km to 6.21 l/100km. This is a reduction of about 9.9% thanks to the addition of Pro-Ma DT5 Plus to the diesel in my Citroen C5.
Update 24/07/14: I have now been using the MBL8 oil additive in my car for about a week, and have also added it to the hydraulic suspension system in my Citroen C5. The engine now runs more smoothly, and has a little more power, and I’ve noticed that the suspension doesn’t seem to have to be pumped up as much (I used to hear the electric pump whirring pretty much every time I got in the car) so I suspect the MBL8 has sealed some internal leaks, allowing the suspension to stay at the correct level for driving. I will post the results of any fuel consumption improvement when I next fill up the tank which should be in about 2 weeks or so.
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