Total Quartz 9000 VS Total Quartz Ineo

Both these oils are fully synthetic that are made by Total Industries for all types of passenger car engines, including both diesel and petroleum ones.

Quartz 9000 is a fuel economy oil having age resistance technology that is focused on minimizing the wear inside the engine. It was tested to be highly effective with the catalytic converters. This oil has good lubrication properties at all temperatures since its kinematic viscosities are much better than the rest of the oils of the same company.

Ineo First is also a fuel economy oil, carrying age resistance as its main technology. This oil has top-of-the-line detergents and anti-wear additives, giving it superior capabilities of cleaning and wear prevention. It is highly resistant to extreme temperature oil oxidation, which in turn lowers the consumption rate of the oil. It is extremely resilient in winters and has a good viscosity index. It is known for providing a decent base stock, allowing longer oil change intervals.

Quick Overview Table

CharacteristicsTotal Quartz 9000 (0W-30)Total Quartz Ineo First (0W-30)
NatureFull SyntheticFull Synthetic
EngineBoth Gasoline and DieselBoth Gasoline and Diesel
Viscosities0W-30, 5W-400W-30
Cost per liter7.84$18.48$
Oil Change Intervals (Km)50007000
AdditivesAnti-wear, Detergents, DispersantsAnti-wear, Detergents, Dispersants

Volatility Comparison

Any oil having a decent number of larger molecules will resist the high-temperature oxidization more effortlessly compared to the one with a lower number of such molecules. The quantity of these molecules determines the volatility, hence, the oil consumption rate. Flashpoint temperature is the measure of oil volatility, as oil with a lower number of the larger molecules will quickly reach its vapor ignition point.

After testing, the flashpoint temperature of Ineo First was found higher than that of the Quartz 9000. This clarifies the fact that the following oil has a higher number of larger molecules that will not break down easily at a higher temperature, hence, decreasing the volatility rate. A lower volatility rate is linked to lower oil consumption and the lower oil consumption ultimately ensures a better fuel economy.

Oils (0W-30)Flash Point Temperatures
Total Quartz 9000226
Total Quartz Ineo First234

Protection from Wear and Tear

The anti-wear additives are added to the oil to produce a lubricating layer of oil over the moving engine parts. Since those parts are separated by this oil layer, this will decrease the friction between them. A little to no friction helps maintain the wear-free operation of the engine.

Quartz 9000 has a combination of molybdenum, zinc, phosphorus, and boron as anti-wear additives. Zinc and phosphorus are primary additives that are present in lower quantities comparatively while boron and molybdenum are the secondary additives, having higher concentrations than that in other oil. The overall effectiveness of this oil is lower due to the relatively lesser quantity of anti-wear additives.

Ineo First has a higher number of overall anti-wear additives, for which it is considered better at wear and tear reduction. Its primary anti-wear additives are in higher enough quantities to overcome the absence of boron along with the neglectable amount of molybdenum.

Oils (0W-30)Molybdenum Concentration (ppm)Phosphorus Concentration (ppm)Zinc Concentration (ppm)Boron Concentration (ppm)
Total Quartz 9000479497547247
Total Quartz Ineo First11.889610700

Impact on the Catalytic Converter Performance

The efficiency of the catalytic converter is decreased by the Phosphorus and zinc anti-wear additives in the oil which turns into ash when the oil burns off. This ash negatively affects the catalytic converter by poisoning it.

The concentrations of the anti-wear additives (Zinc and Phosphorus) are found higher in the Ineo First when compared to the Quartz 9000. This implies the higher production of ash. As mentioned before, this ash poisons the catalytic converter. Therefore, this oil is not viable to be used with the catalytic converters.

Oils (0W-30)Phosphorus Concentration (ppm)Zinc Concentration (ppm)
Total Quartz 9000497547
Total Quartz Ineo First8961040

Sludge Removing Capability

Sludge gets produced in engine oil as a result of oxidized oil reactions with moisture, water, and dirt. Since sludge is semi-fluid, it disturbs the flow of oil inside the engine and undermines the normal functioning. Its cleaning is necessary, for which the detergents are added inside the engine oil.

Quartz 9000 uses calcium as its primary detergent, but its quantity is lesser than that in other oil. Some amount of magnesium and sodium are also added to help remove the sludge. Considering all its detergents, this oil is still less effective in cleaning, owing to its lower calcium. It has a minute quantity of silicon to somewhat resist foaming in the oil.

Ineo First has an enormous concentration of calcium to limit the build-up of sludge which is aided by the comparatively higher amounts of magnesium and sodium. A respectable amount of silicon is available as an anti-foam agent.

Oils (0W-30)Magnesium Concentration (ppm)Calcium Concentration (ppm)Sodium Concentration (ppm)Silicon Concentration (ppm)
Total Quartz 90006107932
Total Quartz Ineo First12.826804.0418

Oil Performance Assessment

The oil flowing characteristics are measured by its kinematic viscosity, a higher value of which means that the oil will flow better. Viscosity index is the ratio of kinematic viscosities in the medium and higher temperature, the lesser the difference between them, the higher will be the viscosity index. Pour point temperature decides the usability of the oil in cold weather, indicating its freezing point temperature.

The relatively higher kinematic viscosities of Quartz 9000 prove its better flowing characteristic at both the forty- and hundred-degree Celsius temperatures. However, the viscosity index of the Ineo first is higher due to the lower difference between its high and medium temperature kinematic viscosities. Similarly, Ineo performs better in winters since it got a negative three-degree Celsius edge over the other oil, regarding the freezing point temperature.

Oils (0W-30)Kinematic viscosities at 40° C (cSt)Kinematic viscosities at 100° C (cSt)Viscosity Index (VI)Pour Point Temperature (° C)
Total Quartz 900068.712.3170-45
Total Quartz Ineo First50.19.8187-48

Total Base Number

The bases inside the oil contribute to its total base number, the higher the quantity, the higher the number. These base additives are necessary to maintain the functionality of the engine as they nullify the harmful acids produced during the combustion process. These acids could harm the engine if left untreated, hence, the quantity of these additives decides the duration for which the oil could be used.

Quartz 9000 with base reserves of 3.33 (TBN) is only effective for 5000 km, while the higher base reserves of Ineo First allow it to be used for 7000 Km, resulting in a longer oil drain interval and a lower oil change frequency.

Oils (0W-30)Total Base Number (mg KOH/g)
Total Quartz 90003.33
Total Quartz Ineo First6.5

Quick Summary

  • The chemical composition of Quartz 9000 is least harmful to the efficiency of the catalytic converters.
  • When it comes to the sludge cleansing, Ineo First passes the test with flying colors.
  • Even though both are fuel economy oils, Ineo first provides better fuel economy with its higher resistance to breakdown at higher temperatures.
  • The primary anti-wear additives of the Ineo First are the game changer for this oil when it comes to wear protection.
  • The Ineo First loses to its competitor in the competition of kinematic viscosities at both the high and medium temperatures.
  • Ineo first has higher viscosity index and a better pour point temperature (lower).
  • Ineo First is expected to have longer oil change intervals because of its higher TBN.
  • Ineo first performs better than its counterpart in almost all departments but with a higher cost.