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Old 01-23-2006, 02:09 PM   #1
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Arrow oil change frequency?

so, every how many KM's should I change my oil?

I've got a 1996 318 convert - it's running non-synthetic.

last oil change was done at Maranello 3,200 KM ago (Nov 19)

for some reason, those morons gave me 10W40 last time. isnt it supposed to be 5W30 for the winter?

so, my questions to you guys are:

what kind of oil should i use?
when should i change?
where do you guys get yours done?
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Old 01-23-2006, 02:14 PM   #2
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I use BMW 5w30 synthetic (6.50$)
and change my oil religously every 5k
I do it myself, takes maybe half hour
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Old 01-23-2006, 02:25 PM   #3
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I use 10w30 Mobile 1 synthetic and change it every 8,000km.
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Old 01-23-2006, 03:35 PM   #4
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I use dino oil as well but I change everytime I comeback from track.
I usually go track about 2~3 times a month so thats less then 1000 interval.

I change my filter twice a season though. (in the beginning of the season and at the end of the season) The car gets stored during the winter.


My friend owns a shop and it only costs me $15 bucks for drain and refil(including castrol gtx). so I rather use dino and change frequently then have synthetic and wait longer.
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Old 01-23-2006, 05:26 PM   #5
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im pretty bad when it comes to oilchanges, i do mine every 5000 on synthetic (lubromolly or mobil1) sometimes earlier, i just feel that oil is so important to your car that its jsut as important to keep the oil top notch, kinda like the theory on spark plugs. i know that the synthetic can go much longer, but i dont care, its a small price to pay for great performance.
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Old 01-23-2006, 05:38 PM   #6
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I change it when it goes to Yellow.
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Old 01-23-2006, 07:56 PM   #7
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ok, by the sounds of it - everyone uses synthetic. now, what is involved in switching from non-synthetic to synthetic?
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Old 01-23-2006, 07:59 PM   #8
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I used to change every 3,000, then every 5,000 but now I can't be bothered until it's more tha 5,000......
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Old 01-23-2006, 08:33 PM   #9
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ok, by the sounds of it - everyone uses synthetic. now, what is involved in switching from non-synthetic to synthetic?
you can start by using synthetic next oil change or you could be a bit more thurough and run somesort of engine clean/sludge carbon deposit removing liquid that u pour into the oil and run the engine for 10 min before you drain the oil. (make sure u change the filter too) then use sythetic from then on.

you wont benefit from using synthetic oil if you just use it every once in a while as a "treat" for you car. it doesnt work that way. once you start using synth stick to it. if you feel its not worth it for you then just switch back but dont flip back and forth. The short of it is because synthetic oil is designed to bond(overtime) to the metal and conventional oils generally have more detergents and cleaners in them so you can see where switching back and forth wont be beneficial.

The only concern with synthetic oil in older cars is if a oil seal or gasket is on the border of starting to leak it will almost certainly leak once you switch to synthetic. so just make sure u keep an eye on it.
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Old 01-26-2006, 09:55 AM   #10
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ok...

i think i'm gonna stay with regular oil for now.

so what should i use during the winter? 5W30, right? and summer 10W40?
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Old 01-26-2006, 04:30 PM   #11
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I use 5W50 in the winter and i think im going to use 15W40 for summer.
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Old 01-26-2006, 04:47 PM   #12
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2 things:

a) are those synthetic or non?
b) can someone explain what the numbers mean in the oil ratings, so i can better understand why people use each type when they do?
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Old 01-26-2006, 06:43 PM   #13
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ok...

i think i'm gonna stay with regular oil for now.

so what should i use during the winter? 5W30, right? and summer 10W40?
For any 3 series, except the ///M, I would keep it non-synthetic, unless you track your car often. Synthetic is more expensive, and is thinner, so chances of leaking in higher km motors is greatly increased.

If you can't do you own oil changes, or have a warrenty that doesn't allow your own oil changes, I say take it to Charlie. He's located right off the 401, off Dixie. PM Bimmersport, or find his Advertisement and give him a call. His prices are the best Ive seen yet, hence why I continue to take my car there. Speaking of which, its about that time. Charlie, when can you pencil me in????

I try to get my oil changes done as close to 5000Km as possible. I use non-synthetic. I believe Charlie uses Castrol, but he also has Synthetic, should you choose to switch. Just FYI, once you go Synthetic, you cant change back. Another bonus of getting it done at a BMW specialist/shop is they reset your oil guage, which is always a nice touch.
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Old 01-27-2006, 03:26 PM   #14
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I just keep adding oil and never need to change it
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Old 01-27-2006, 03:57 PM   #15
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every 5K with BMW synthetic
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