Howdy, I was just needing to know some advice on what to do for my 318i 5 spd. I like to rev is a little more than the average driver, mainly the first and second gears to get the stinkin' thing to move. I mainly like to rev up to 3500 or sometimes 4000 rpm. Should I be using a special type of oil or put nothing but premium gas (93 grade) compared to 89 or so? So far my car is driving nice but sometimes the engine (not the sound coming from the exhaust) is kinda airy or clickity for my 4 cyl. Any products I could use to help my engine to withstand some aggressive use and keep it running good? (it has 103,000 miles and runs really well still).
Mobil 1 synthetic oil is awesome. Helps out a lot, lasts longer and protects well, but also costs a little more. I also have a 318i which I like to have fun with myself. The owners manual for my car suggested shifting around 3500 anyway, so you aren't that far off. As for the gas, BMW recommends that you use 91 or higher octane gas for all their cars. I usually use that, but with the consistently higher prices of gas these days, I have been using 89 which I am sure doesn't hurt it. As for the clickity sound you hear, its just a normal 4 cyl. engine sound. Its the OHC part that you are hearing. Its not bad at all. Most 4 cyl. cars that are a little bit older make that sound.
I also agree, an intake can never hurt=better gas mileage. Change the plugs and get NGKs or Splitfires. They can also improve your car's performance a tad. Goodluck!
__________________ 1996 318i
5 Speed Manual
Alpine CDA-7895 Head Unit
12" Alpine Type-R, sealed box
Pioneer 400w amp for $20 at a yard sale (to replace my fried MRV-1507)
Infinity Kappa 4" 2-way speakers(rear)
Infinity Kappa 5.25" component speakers(front)
Debaffled airbox, K&N filter
Tracked Mud on carpets
Shampooed and cleaned carpets
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