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#3442953 - 08/01/14 02:51 PM Re: BMW and the 10W60 thing???!!! [Re: bimmerdriver]
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I can't explain something I didn't bring up and that doesn't seem relevant... shrug
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#3443008 - 08/01/14 03:44 PM Re: BMW and the 10W60 thing???!!! [Re: d00df00d]
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Originally Posted By: d00df00d
BMW also know that they make plenty of other cars that aren't much slower on the street and vastly more sensible in that environment. I'm especially thinking of CATERHAM's post about his encounter with a BMW engineer, who was confused when asked about oil choice for M3s that never see high oil temps. His response was something to the effect of "why not get a normal 3er then?"

More importantly though, I think "designed for"/"not designed for" is too black-and-white. It's a spectrum: Prius on one end, race car on the other, infinite shades in between. The E46 and E9x M3s are somewhere between Prius and race car, but farther from the "Prius" end than most street cars.


M3 is designed and built in Germany with European buyer in mind. No one buys M3 to go to the store or driving kids to kindegarten. Petrol is too dear to do that. These cars are driven here by die hard enthusiast who either don't drive it at all or by people who track them all the time. In US with cheap petrol, fairly cheap cars they become interesting to a wider public.
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#3443021 - 08/01/14 03:54 PM Re: BMW and the 10W60 thing???!!! [Re: chrisri]
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Originally Posted By: chrisri
In US with cheap petrol, fairly cheap cars they become interesting to a wider public.

Like my brother-in-law, who drives his '13 M3 to work, 2 miles each away, and maybe to the grocery store on the weekend. That's about it, I think.

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#3443752 - 08/02/14 10:52 AM Re: BMW and the 10W60 thing???!!! [Re: chrisri]
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Originally Posted By: chrisri
Originally Posted By: d00df00d
BMW also know that they make plenty of other cars that aren't much slower on the street and vastly more sensible in that environment. I'm especially thinking of CATERHAM's post about his encounter with a BMW engineer, who was confused when asked about oil choice for M3s that never see high oil temps. His response was something to the effect of "why not get a normal 3er then?"

More importantly though, I think "designed for"/"not designed for" is too black-and-white. It's a spectrum: Prius on one end, race car on the other, infinite shades in between. The E46 and E9x M3s are somewhere between Prius and race car, but farther from the "Prius" end than most street cars.


M3 is designed and built in Germany with European buyer in mind. No one buys M3 to go to the store or driving kids to kindegarten. Petrol is too dear to do that. These cars are driven here by die hard enthusiast who either don't drive it at all or by people who track them all the time. In US with cheap petrol, fairly cheap cars they become interesting to a wider public.



My M3 stickered for $73,375 + tax + gas guzzler fee when the original buyer snatched it up in early 2011. I wouldn't call that a "fairly cheap car." Our gas might be cheaper in the US, but an M3 is still expensive here. The new ones can pass $80k pretty easily.
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#3443775 - 08/02/14 11:26 AM Re: BMW and the 10W60 thing???!!! [Re: dparm]
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His point was that cars are generally less expensive in the US than they are in the rest of the world, and that that makes Americans relatively more willing to put up with terrible fuel economy if they like the car otherwise.
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#3443820 - 08/02/14 12:16 PM Re: BMW and the 10W60 thing???!!! [Re: d00df00d]
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Originally Posted By: d00df00d
His point was that cars are generally less expensive in the US than they are in the rest of the world, and that that makes Americans relatively more willing to put up with terrible fuel economy if they like the car otherwise.


That was my point. I know that M car is not cheap anywhere but they are cheaper in US by a big margin. An M3 owner in US is similar to a 335d M Pack owner in Europe.


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#3443848 - 08/02/14 12:56 PM Re: BMW and the 10W60 thing???!!! [Re: stchman]
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Back in 1991 I've used M1 10w60 SF in a Honda XLX600R I had, put with 1 k miles on the bike and run it until I sold it two years later at 14,5k miles. At that time I didn't know nothing about oil and the shearing up those VIIs at gears and wet clutches ... The guy who bought it ran for a few years and may have changed the oil soon. I did several dirty off road trips with it. At least for 13k miles the oil did fine.
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