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Old 01-07-2005, 05:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i have 93 318i (manual)with alittle over 100k miles, needs an oil change. what kind of oil should i use?
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The mileage is not too high, you might want to consider Synthetic....you will here 1000 different opinions on here, best to do a search and form your own opinion and then go with it....

I use Mobil 1 full synthetic...different weights with different seasons here in Rhode Island
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use bmw synthetic from the dealer....thats all mine reccommends...its expensive, but specifically made for bmw blocks. if you get a leaky seal or valve, switch back to regular. sometimes its hard to go from reg to synthetic without a small leak
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I would use Mobil 1 full synthetic.

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I use Castrol GTX... synthetic wasn't used early enough on mine, I don't want the sythetic to clean it out and then have all of the leaks start...
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Our BMW dealer here in Estonia recommends using Castrol oils. For that motor they use TXT, but as that brand will be replaced by GTX Magnatec soon, I'd recommend using GTX, weight should be 5W-40.
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ok it between two types: castrol gtx or mobile 1 synthetic which type would be better in a warm climate year round? i live in hawaii so it never snows or gets too cold.
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well... as our bmw dealership uses castrol and i have only heard not so good things about mobil 1 here.. i'd recommend castrol.

another good thing is motul oils... especially the ester based ones. haven't heard one single bad thing about those...
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