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#3108039 - 08/28/13 12:57 PM Re: Options for 5W50 [Re: IndyIan]
bdcardinal Offline


Registered: 06/03/05
Posts: 6433
Loc: Santa Barbara, CA
Originally Posted By: IndyIan
Don't you get a good price on Motorcraft oil? wink
I assume your service dept doesn't get 5W50 in bulk, so you might scavenge the half quarts left from changes? Or those probably dissapear into a techs old Ranger laugh


They don't offer it in bulk. Employee cost is still around $8 a quart, even with all the strings pulled in my favor.

I have some time to ponder this as on the way to work this morning a guy ran a red and hit my car. Damage isn't too terrible, I will need a wheel and an inner and outer tie rod. Fender and bumper look like they should be able to be repaired. The worst part is I get a V6 Challenger for a rental.
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#3108046 - 08/28/13 01:04 PM Re: Options for 5W50 [Re: bdcardinal]
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Hit your new car!? I'm sure for a moment or two the guy was not too far away from getting sent to the hospital....
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#3108055 - 08/28/13 01:12 PM Re: Options for 5W50 [Re: IndyIan]
bdcardinal Offline


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Originally Posted By: IndyIan
Hit your new car!? I'm sure for a moment or two the guy was not too far away from getting sent to the hospital....


He was bigger than me, but I have bigger guns haha. I stayed calm and let the police handle everything. Already got a call from his insurance wanting me to admit fault so they could proceed further. When I told them I had already called my insurance to get the ball rolling she asked "so by calling your insurance you admit you were 100% at fault." I responded with "no I work in the industry, hence me having AAA and not trusting Progressive at all, plus I want my car fixed as soon as possible"
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#3108737 - 08/29/13 06:37 AM Re: Options for 5W50 [Re: bdcardinal]
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Registered: 06/15/04
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We have been using Schaeffer 5W-50 in M-series BMWs for years with excellent results. These engines call for Castrol TWS 10W-60.

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#3108820 - 08/29/13 07:59 AM Re: Options for 5W50 [Re: bdcardinal]
Brent_G Offline


Registered: 07/12/11
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I would definitely run an oil that meets the spec at least through warranty. After that I'm sure any of the other flavors mentioned will serve you well.
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#3109514 - 08/29/13 06:36 PM Re: Options for 5W50 [Re: bdcardinal]
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What's the main difference between MC and Syntec 5W50? The zddp content of the Syntec?
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#3109525 - 08/29/13 06:53 PM Re: Options for 5W50 [Re: bmwtechguy]
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Registered: 04/19/10
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Loc: Chicago, IL
Originally Posted By: bmwtechguy
We have been using Schaeffer 5W-50 in M-series BMWs for years with excellent results. These engines call for Castrol TWS 10W-60.




Any UOAs? Interesting choice.
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#3109566 - 08/29/13 07:34 PM Re: Options for 5W50 [Re: bdcardinal]
pscholte Offline


Registered: 07/02/03
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Motorcraft 5W-50...sorry you got hit...I rue the day when stop signs and red lights will be considered even more of a "suggestion" than they already are.


Edited by pscholte (08/29/13 07:37 PM)
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