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Old 10-23-2006, 09:41 AM
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Oil for M3

I just bought an 98 M3 and i was wondering what kind of oil you guys are using and What is the oil capacity. The bimmer dealer told me to use 5w-30 but anther dealer told me use 10w-40. and i could syntehic if i wanted to.
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Old 10-23-2006, 11:31 AM
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Either of those weights would be OK. I know some people in "cold" parts of the country put in a thinner weight oil for the winter, changing to slightly thicker in the spring. Living in NoCal, I have no experience with that

Oil capacity should be listed in your Owner's Manual (6.9 qts., IIRC).

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Old 10-24-2006, 09:34 AM
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Any good name brand synthetic oil will be fine. Mobil 1, BMW, Castrol, etc.

I run Mobil 1 0W-40 in the LTW. I run BMW 5W-30 in the M Roadster (same engine as M3). I run Castrol in the E46 M3.
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Old 11-03-2006, 08:38 AM
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I want to use synthetic but i wasnt sure if the previous owner used it or not. Will it cause any problems if the engine was on convential and then switched to synthetic?
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Old 11-06-2006, 05:04 PM
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It might leak.
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Old 11-07-2006, 11:24 AM
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It might leak.
Huh? While that might have been an issue with really old cars that had gone their whole lives on dino oil, that would not be an issue with a '98. The gaskets & seals should not be that worn out/dried out.

You should be fine using synthetic.

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Old 11-07-2006, 01:16 PM
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I like Motul, they has some of the best oil on the earth.
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Old 11-08-2006, 01:54 PM
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The leaking when switching a high mileage car from conventional to synthetic happened in the 60s. Current synthetic oils have additives to prevent that from happening..
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Old 11-13-2006, 11:58 AM
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i use mobile 1 5/30 all year round.
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:04 AM
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anybody heard of AMSOIL? apparently its very popular and the ones who use it swear by it. of course everbody swears by any oil they usually use. ive never heard of it. anyone?
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You can use synthetic no matter what was used before. Back when synthetics first came out (in the 60s) this was an issue, but not since the mid to late 70s.

Amsoil is a good oil, but IMO not as good as the fanboys indicate.
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AMSOIL 10w-40 Synthetic!!!
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Old 03-11-2012, 07:37 PM
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Old 06-02-2012, 08:56 AM
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I would go with 5w30 Royal Purple (6.5 quarts) and half a quart of Lucas Synthetic Oil Stabilizer. It eliminates harsh startups and the engine runs super smooth. It's a bit pricey but what are you gunna do, ya know?
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