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#1 (permalink) Old 03-15-2005, 01:59 AM
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changing oil tomorrow... what filters can i use?
as for oil, i live in south california, 20-50 sound good?
how many quarts will it take to fill a 1.8?

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Originally posted by brien4787@Mar 14 2005, 10:59 PM
changing oil tomorrow... what filters can i use?
as for oil, i live in south california, 20-50 sound good?
how many quarts will it take to fill a 1.8?
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I don't have a 1.8 but I THINK I bought 6-8 bottles for my 2.8 liter. As for the oil, how many miles do you have?
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Go get genuine filters, they don't cost that much.....oil 0-50 10-50 20-50 as long as it meets BMW API/SAE spec...and I beleive from memory it takes 5 litres including filter change.

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MANN is the OEM filter company.

Are you planning on going synthetic or dino juice?

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Cal right? Well in the book 15-40 use in temps 15f >85f+

10-40 use in temps -5f >70f

Synthetic and special oils need to be checked with BMW for approval!

This is all in the service/hand book......

And if your going to change your oil regulary, quite honestly theres no point using fully synthetic, it was primeraly designed for aerospace use and extended service intervals in automotive use. In europe some vehicles have service intervals of up to 20,000miles on synth oil.

Use a top quality regular oil or semi synth of the correct rating.

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ps. It is in fact 4.5litres capacity with filter renewal
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i just got a MAHLE filter from my mechanic for 7 bucks.... and have been using 20-50 oil on my car, and my mechanic says to stick with it. isnt this kinda thick for a car with 130,000 miles? or is it okay?

oil wise, costco is selling 12 qts of chevoron 20-50 for 12 bucks... is this oil any good? if not i will just get some vavoline or penzoil.

oh yeah, its 5.28 quarts, or 5.5 quarts for the m42 (318i) engine.

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get a mann or mahie filter. and use a good synthetic oil, cost wise quakerstate full synthetic is the best bang for the buck. even BMW mechanics told me that its your best bet. (i use lubro molly or mobil 1 but thats kinda pricey)


edit-just realized both filters i suggested were already suggested.

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i used vavoline. damn, changing oil on an e36 is too easy

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