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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 10-05-2003, 09:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've had my 1991 325i for about 2 weeks now and am getting the car ready for winter and was wondering which synthetic motor oil to use in it and what weight is best for the 2.5 L engine. It's between the Mobil synthetic and the Castrol synthetic. The winters here in the midwest range on average between 0 F and 40 F.
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I use 10w-40 as do some other E30ers and that seems to work well, although i use castrol gtx high mileage (non-synthetic)
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So would the non-synthetic Castrol be better for a high mileage engine? I've got 182,000 miles on it with a slight tapping sound coming from under the valve cover and was thinking a synthetic oil might stop it from tapping (or maybe a valve adjustment?) im not sure.

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So would the non-synthetic Castrol be better for a high mileage engine? I've got 182,000 miles on it with a slight tapping sound coming from under the valve cover and was thinking a synthetic oil might stop it from tapping (or maybe a valve adjustment?) im not sure.

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i dont know, i guess its worth a shot. non-syn oil is generally better for a higher mileage engine. i would also do a valve adjustment too.
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Cool thanks for the info!! As I learn more about this car I hope to help answer other peoples questions as well.
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I use 10w-40 as do some other E30ers and that seems to work well, although i use castrol gtx high mileage (non-synthetic)
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Non-synthetic oil isn't necessarily better for higher mileage motors. I run Mobil 1 synthetic in my car with 160k miles and I have no problems whatsoever. Just make sure that your engine seals are in reasonable condition.

Synthetic oil isn't going to solve your tapping noise though. Your M20 has mechanical lifters, so valve lash is only adjustable manually. Adjust your valves.

Pretty much just a matter of weather or not you want to spend the extra money for synthetic oil.
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synthetic oils eat through old seals. Its incredibly thin and youll most likely have lots of leaks
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synthetic oils eat through old seals. Its incredibly thin and youll most likely have lots of leaks
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Go put some in an old chevelle see what happens.
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