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#1 (permalink) Old 10-06-2004, 02:41 PM
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Aight - I tried to search the forums for "motor oil" but the board said that 'oil' is too short of a word to search for...

What the hell kind of oil do I put in my M20? I've heard everything from 0W-40 to 20W-40. And then, do I want synthetic, mix, or real? And what about a brand?

I live in Atlanta, so it never gets really COLD here. Any thoughts?

Before I consulted others, I had my mind set on Mobil 1 Synthetic 0W-40. Should I be shot for thinking such?

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i rus 20-50 in mine, but i drive it like a race car everyday

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20W-50's pretty popular from what I remember. It's what I've always used, only blew a couple cam seals, but I think that was a wear issue. My mechanic recommends always changing the oil after the winter, but you may not even have to bother if it doesn't get cold there, and you don't drive really early in the morning.


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Well, I get up every morning to go to work about 7:30. Around these days, its 60 in the morning at the lowest.

As far as driving goes, I'm a demon. My tach needle goes redline all the time. I never cruise nice and slow.

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60 degrees F is equal to what in degrees C
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lets see...

16 degrees celcius

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20W50 is a good standard for the BMW crowd. My kids in Stockbridge, GA used it in thir 1990 325ic yera round, and I use it in my 1988 7850 in SE Virginia. Dino or Synththetic it is your nickel.
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i cant tell you exactly about georgia because i dont know the weather there. But here in florida where it never goes below 70 in the winter, single wieght 40 is best. I used to be a Huge fan of the heavy duty 20w50 out of truck engines, in fact i was probly the one that started that trend goin around here, but i found out that single wieght oils take much longer to break down and the viscosity is always constant. So if the weather doesnt get to cold there go for single wieght 40. Its hard to find but its cheap.

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mmm we use 20-50 castrol gtx higher mileage...good stuff. as far as on shelf stuff is

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