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#3209956 - 12/07/13 11:12 PM Re: E36 94 318i. Was using 20w/50. What now - 5w/40 ? [Re: lobe]
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Registered: 12/05/13
Posts: 10
Loc: Adelaide, Australia
Update : I went with the 5w40 shell ultra.

Engine feels better n quieter. Have to see if improves economy during my run to work run which is only 20mins with a few lights to stop at too.

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#3210086 - 12/08/13 07:48 AM Re: E36 94 318i. Was using 20w/50. What now - 5w/40 ? [Re: lobe]
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Registered: 09/25/09
Posts: 9407
Loc: OH
How long will you run this oil?
Reason I ask is that this engine seems to have a fairly rich fuel map, based upon a UOA from mine as well as UOAs from others.
For that reason, I've never run any oil longer than 6000 miles, and that was M1 15W-50.
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12 Accord LX 22K HGMO 0W-20
09 Forester 64K PU 5W-30
02 Accord 127K G-Oil 5W-30
01 Focus ZX3 98K Synpower 10W-30
95 BMW 318iC 149K Defy 10W-40

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#3210689 - 12/08/13 06:28 PM Re: E36 94 318i. Was using 20w/50. What now - 5w/40 ? [Re: fdcg27]
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Registered: 12/05/13
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Loc: Adelaide, Australia
With the valvoline xld 20w50 i used to use, i dropped the oil and filter at around 5000kms for the last few years with the last couple of oil changes at around 7500kms.

I was thinking of doing my next oil change at around 7500kms with this 5w-40 im now using, if ive still got the car that is (am currently looking around for a newer car)

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#3211492 - 12/09/13 04:56 PM Re: E36 94 318i. Was using 20w/50. What now - 5w/40 ? [Re: lobe]
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The four cylinder e36 is a pretty solid car, even if they're all old now.
I've had really good reliability and durability with mine.
Something newer may not be any better and may well be worse.
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12 Accord LX 22K HGMO 0W-20
09 Forester 64K PU 5W-30
02 Accord 127K G-Oil 5W-30
01 Focus ZX3 98K Synpower 10W-30
95 BMW 318iC 149K Defy 10W-40

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#3211767 - 12/09/13 10:02 PM Re: E36 94 318i. Was using 20w/50. What now - 5w/40 ? [Re: fdcg27]
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Registered: 07/21/02
Posts: 1741
Loc: KY
Originally Posted By: fdcg27
The four cylinder e36 is a pretty solid car, even if they're all old now.
I've had really good reliability and durability with mine.
Something newer may not be any better and may well be worse.


Agreed; I prefer my '02 and ti to the newer Bimmers in the garage.
And I prefer my Mazdaspeed to any new BMW save the M6 Gran Coupe and the 135is...
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#3211803 - 12/09/13 10:43 PM Re: E36 94 318i. Was using 20w/50. What now - 5w/40 ? [Re: lobe]
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Registered: 01/30/07
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Loc: Clovis, CA
5W-40 Valvoline Synpower should be good.

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#3211854 - 12/09/13 11:46 PM Re: E36 94 318i. Was using 20w/50. What now - 5w/40 ? [Re: lobe]
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Registered: 12/12/02
Posts: 26800
Loc: a prison island
If you are in Adelaide, 20W-50 got you this far, it will keep you going into the future.

I wouldn't see a need to go synthetic, as given the $40 price difference, you'll need to save a fair amount of petrol, which is unlikely.

I spent a decade living in adelaide as a kid, when 20W-50 GTX and XLD were all that was there. Dad's R-16 made it to 380,000km+ (odo broke), even after we moved to places where it DID freeze.

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