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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 11-28-2005, 08:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Old 11-28-2005, 08:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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oil choice

my manual says i should use sae5w-30. any suggestions? i live in southern new hampshire and the winter is just about to kick in
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Old 11-29-2005, 08:14 AM   #3 (permalink)
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10W-30. Castrol GTX.
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How the hell did the creator of this thread... post second?

Got me there guys....

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seriously i've been bending my mind on that one
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i was confused about that as well... extatic you must be right!
10W30 castrol synthetic
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with a Mahn or Fram Oil Filter

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I was lazy and didn't change my oil yet, I still have 86 dollars left in gift certificates to Bavarian Auto, so I wouldn't mind buying my oil there. I would expect 3k miles during the winter (or maybe more), so i'm looking for a cold weather oil. Any more suggestions/comments?
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Have you looked in your Bentley yet? There's a graph that has the viscosities and optimal temperatures. 10w-30 is pretty much the average, but for extremely cold New England weather, I would probably get something thinner.
The Mann Filter from Bavauto is good I guess, it's black, so it doesn't pop like the orange Fram one. All a matter of taste.
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I like Castrol 10-40, been using it for years. I know a lot of guys like the synthetics, but they are costly, and nobody seems to agree on how often to change the oil.
As far as the air filter, just buy any cheap filter with bug and rat strainer on it, that way you don't have to waste money changing it all the time, the dirt just gets harmlessly burned up in the engine..........Joke, it's just a joke!!

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