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Old 01-16-2009, 06:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Can somebody pleeaaassssseeeee cause tell me how many quarts of oil I'm suppose to put in my engine cause the f....g mechanic I have told me it takes 8 quarts and me I just read that all the E36 take like 6 or 6.5 quarts.
I actually changed the oil yesterday and added 8 quarts and to tell the truth, I don't like the way the car runs.
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I have read as you that 6.5 is more accurate. Some dealers say 7 to account for the oil filter.
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You are one quart high. The official volume is 6.9 qt (6.5 liter). I usually put in 7qt and call it a day.
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ok, thanks a lot guys
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I have another question: the old owner of my car usually put 10w30 Synt... in the engine. I read that Synt.. is not the best way to go with, especially 10w30, when the car is old. I told him about that and he said that the car beeing a 1995 was not a problem cause the engine only had 36 000 miles on it, what do you guys think about that?
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Synthetic is good. Your engine doesn't NEED it, but it is the way to go. I switched my 1996 328i to synthetic at 170,000 miles. Keep in mind that you don't have to change the oil as often when you run synthetic.
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^ correct I use PDC made by VW and it has 30,000 mile life span.
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aight, thanks a lot for the advice guys
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