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Old 04-28-2005, 11:02 AM
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Question synthetic oil

just purchased a 95 325i .had a 1990 525 but had a little fender bender and insurance company wrote it off.(said there was too many miles on it)and it wasn't even my fault.
Question is the 325 has 200k and I would like to switch to a synthetic oil.Is it a good idea and what oil would you gentleman(or ladies ) recommend ?
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Old 07-07-2005, 11:53 PM
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To be honest with you, I would just stick to regular conventional motor oil. The reason is because 200K miles is just a little bit to much to start using synthetics. Old engines (or engines with a lot of miles like yours for instant) tend to burn oil so I suggest you use thick oil (15W-50 or 20W-50 for the summer and 10W-40 for the winter) and make sure you change it every 2,500K to 3k miles. It's always good to run your old engine with new and fresh motor oil. Remember your engine has a lot of miles, so tread it like a baby!!!
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Go for it! There is no down side! I personally use Amsoil 5W-40 oil in my cars.
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Old 08-03-2005, 10:08 AM
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Unless you had the motor rebuilt, what would be the point of changing to a more expensive synthetic. If anything it's a bit too late. If you rebuilt, definately go for it.
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Old 08-03-2005, 07:16 PM
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If its still working after 200k, don't fix it! Stay with regular oil.
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