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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 04-15-2014, 12:36 AM
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I'm not really convinced premium gas is cleaner.
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Nor is it necessary. Read your owners manual.
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Old 04-15-2014, 11:42 AM
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Unleaded gasoline only.

Minimum octane requirement: 89 AKI

Higher octane fuels will provide increased
performance and fuel economy,
while the use of gasoline with a
lower octane rating will have an adverse
effect.
Why wouldn't you use premium?
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Old 04-15-2014, 12:00 PM
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Because, as I said, and the owners manual confirmed, it's not required. Their statement about premium fuel is false according to MANY lab tests. Burning higher octane fuel than what is requires is a waste of money. It doesn't perform any better, it doesn't keep the engine any cleaner. 89 octane is not premium. It's mid-grade.

Read for yourself:

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/article...ctane-gasoline

http://auto.howstuffworks.com/premiu...y-vehicles.htm

http://www.edmunds.com/fuel-economy/...g-premium.html

http://www.consumerenergycenter.org/...s_premium.html

If you want to keep wasting money on 91/93 octane, go ahead.
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I'm usually more concerned about the quality of the gasoline than the octane. There are a few "independent" convenience stores near my house that always have cheaper gas than everyone else, and I rarely see the same distributor's truck there twice. The base cost of the gasoline is essentially the same for everyone (Valero refines and sells the large majority of the base gas in the U.S.) and it's the additive packages that drive the cost differences. To sell for 15 to 20 cents per gallon less than everyone else, they've got to be taking some gas with just minimal additives.
If there's only a small cost difference between the mid grade and higher octane, I'll spring for the higher, but that's mainly because I'm running the car really hard for autoX in really hot weather and I don't want any risk of pre-ignition.
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Old 04-15-2014, 05:40 PM
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Using higher octane makes sense if you've advanced your timing with a chip or software, but otherwise, its useless. I haven't met one person who's understood what octane does in gas, most people think its more explosive or powerful, or that its cleaner. And neither one could be more wrong. Sometimes I think people get this impression because faster or more expensive cars often say they require it.
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Using higher octane makes sense if you've advanced your timing with a chip or software, but otherwise, its useless. I haven't met one person who's understood what octane does in gas, most people think its more explosive or powerful, or that its cleaner. And neither one could be more wrong. Sometimes I think people get this impression because faster or more expensive cars often say they require it.
Higher octane just means a higher auto ignition temperature, which translates to greater resistance to pre-ignition. The indirect translation to more power is that it allows running higher compression ratios with less risk of engine damaging detonation, but you have to make the physical change to the engine to capture it, not just change the fuel in the tank.
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Old 04-15-2014, 06:31 PM
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I think im kinda confused reading, im in california and is it best to use mobil1 0w40 or the mobil 1 high mileage 5w30?? Its summer and its hot here now like 100f today and i think its ok to use it all year. Round yah??
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I think im kinda confused reading, im in california and is it best to use mobil1 0w40 or the mobil 1 high mileage 5w30?? Its summer and its hot here now like 100f today and i think its ok to use it all year. Round yah??

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So i guess both mobil1 0w40 and mobil1 5w/30 is ok? Yah? TIA
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Go by the temp rating in the owners manual. I wouldn't run a 5W30 though - it's too thin for your climate. I use Mobil 1 0W40 here, but I'm not in SoCal.
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Go by the temp rating in the owners manual. I wouldn't run a 5W30 though - it's too thin for your climate. I use Mobil 1 0W40 here, but I'm not in SoCal.
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Getting ready to do the first oil change in my 1997 328i (6 cylinder). How much oil do I need with the oil & filter change?
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Old 07-26-2014, 09:57 AM
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If you are asking about what's in your 1999 328, it's an M52.
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If you are asking about what's in your 1999 328, it's an M52.

Its a 1997 328i. Still a M52?
Just trying to figure out how much oil needed for oil & filter change. Looks like 7 quarts.
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Yes, it's the M52B28 engine. M52 = engine model/configuration, and B28 = 2.8 liter. Your engine requires 6.9 quarts of oil. You can find this information (and much more) in the owner's manual and Bentley service manual, which are both available in PDF form online if you don't have hardcopies.
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Thanks for the heads up. Just got an e36 recently with high mileage. Definitely going to have to keep this in mind when doing oil changes. Thankfully I live in cali too so this helps tremendously

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I have a 98 328is I live in california doesnt get below 60 degrees in winter so what oil and filter and how much do I use?
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Old 10-28-2014, 10:02 AM
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Mobil 1 0w-40, 7 quarts'ish, Mann or Mahle filter.
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Mobil 1 0w-40, 7 quarts'ish, Mann or Mahle filter.

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