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Old 06-10-2019, 02:55 PM
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Hi guys,
I picked up a 316i with the M43B16 and around 140,000km on it a few months ago and there are a few things I'd like to do to get it in top mechanical condition.
The radiator and thermostat were replaced just before I got it to fix an overheating problem which seems to be gone after 10,000km of driving.

I haven't done much other than an oil/filter change and replace the engine mounts as one was torn in half!
Another problem seems to be hesitant and surging/staggered slow acceleration which is worse when the engine is cold. The RPMs go up in steps at the same time, has anyone else had this and know the fix?

What is the best way to do a transmission service and what fluid do I use? And same for the differential.

What oil are people using for these engines? I've been using 15w40 oil but I have some 15w50 next for our Australian summer.

I do a lot of driving so the KMs will stack up quick, how many KMs can I expect out of one of these without major failure if I maintain it well? I hear the M43 is actually a very solid unit (cooling system aside!).

Cheers guys any wisdom and experience will be much appreciated!
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Old 06-10-2019, 05:23 PM
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Welcome to Bimmerfest, Jacob!
15w50 (or 20w50 if you can find it) is what's recommended by BMW for the M42/43/44. You should get 350-400km out if it if maintained. My M42 went nearly 300,000 MILES before having valve problems. It could have gone more, but my daughter drove it like grandma. These engines love to rev, and they need to be driven hard, not poked around until they carbon up so bad they won't run.
Your transmission should have a sticker on the side specifying what fluid to use.
The differential fluid type/weight should be listed in the owners manual.
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