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Old 06-27-2004, 01:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i am changing my oil today and i was wondering what would be the best oil for my car? any recomendations?

i just bought mobile 1, 15 50 is that stuff good or what? or should i get something else? i drive the car hard!
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Old 06-27-2004, 01:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Thats a pretty good oil..... I'd stick with that.... It all depends if you beat the shit out of your car or not..... how hard you run it for long periods of time... whats the average temp. where you live?..... its all depends...
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live in san diego area.. so its pretty warm weather especially in summer, now.
and i drive the car very hard! ok i will stick with this thanks fro the quick response... how often should i change this oil?
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umm.... I'd say probably every other month... or maybe every 3-5k miles... if you have an oil change display under your tach.... that works....

I use red line racing oil....40 grade... best stuff ever man... I also use red line water weter.... my temp gauge never even gets to the middle... even when its 95 deg out.... I push my car a lot when I do drive it.... You should read up on red line products... good stuff.... but thats my own opinion...
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Castrol TWS 10W-60 is a pretty good oil too... It has also a BMW release for M3,M5 and Z8 (only important while warranty). We also drive Castrol RS 10W-60, there's no BMW release cause while hot situations it's very thin --> if there're bad sealing ... Liqui Moly, Castrol or others... at last it's an faith-ask. Just don't buy any cheap oil at the supermarket!

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Good hint... the higher the last number.... the thicker the oil... so it takes longer to warm up... and it make your engine work a little harder... but good for hot areas... the best if to find a happy medium... lower grade oil... doesnt put strain on the engine but keeps it cool and lubed up.... Best I've found is Red Line 40 grade... any one got some really good oil?
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Where do you live that you're running a straight race weight oil? Just curious.

I use 15w-50 with 4-5k intervals.

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Eastern N.C. (I mostly only drive this car on a track... and or weekends....) why do you ask??
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Just curious. The only other car I've ever seen run a straight race weight oil was an RX-7, cause it's what they recomend. It's just different to have somebody running something other than multiviscosity.

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To be honest with you.. .it runs great with it... I've used other types of oils.... my last was VR1 racing oil... by valvoline... it was good... but you can actually tell something is different in the way the motor runs and idels... its nice... its a fully synthetic oil.... you should read up on the "high performance" oil they have too.... its a step down from the race oil.... I've heard a lot of people like that stuff...
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go to your local bmw dealer.... they told me to run mobile one BMW high performance 5w-30 synthetic oil in my 97 328i.
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BMW high performance 5w-30 synthetic oil in my 97 328i.
Don't use this oil in hot climates. In summer you better can get w50 or something but ask it your local dealership for sure!
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