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Old 11-11-2006, 03:10 PM   #1
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Synthetic oil was on sale...



at Canadian Tire. The 1L bottles of Castrol Syntec were $5.99 instead of $8.99. Anyone cash in? I think it ended yesterday and that is when I noticed it. I decided to go synthetic on my next oil change. So I bought a bunch of 5W40.
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Old 11-11-2006, 04:46 PM   #2
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i picked up quite a bit of the 0W30 which is the stuff you want because its the german castrol not the usa stuff. if you do some googles on castrol german you can read up on the difference.
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Old 11-11-2006, 05:35 PM   #3
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good choice, Oakvillez3. that German Castrol is an excellent product.

only 2 oils I would put in my bimmer are 0W-30 Castrol (German) Syntec or Liqui-Moly 5W-40.
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Old 11-12-2006, 10:35 AM   #4
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I did quite a bit of reading as well and M1 0W40 and Castrol 5W40 are BMW approved.
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Old 11-12-2006, 12:14 PM   #5
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i think for most day to day driving most sythetics are fine. since i recently bought my z3 i've started doing my own changes to save some $$ and if you start researching syn oil its almost like a cult on its own. i did my first with quaker full synthetic and will use the german castrol for my next one. i think Mobile 1 is also good for the money and many bmw owners use it.
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Old 11-12-2006, 02:55 PM   #6
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ya, i'd rather not get into it any deeper... it really is a cult of its own. i guess, at the end of the day, you make your own decision and stick with an oil that you prefer.

mech9T8: they are not BMW approved, they meet the BMW LL oil spec ratings, which is simply a set of tests. BMW doesnt actually approve the use of those oils. in fact, i believe new BMW's that are under warranty will have the warranty voided if Mobil1 is used.
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Old 11-12-2006, 05:43 PM   #7
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it was cheaper at partsource
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Old 11-12-2006, 07:17 PM   #8
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Sorry, you are right. It's not BMW approved but does satisfy the specs.
How much was synthetic at partsource?
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Old 11-12-2006, 07:20 PM   #9
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4.48/L, you had to buy 6 litres though. I bought 7, did an oilchange on the e36 before i stored it. I'll put lubramoly back in it before i drive it home.
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Old 11-12-2006, 07:36 PM   #10
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why would you put new oil in the car before storing it, then take that oil back out before taking the car back out of storage?
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Old 11-12-2006, 11:40 PM   #11
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heres the faq on GC a very good read

http://theoildrop.server101.com/foru...e=0#Post711450

when i was chosing oil for my first change on the z3 i looked up the specs for Quaker State full synthetic and the specs actually were very good, right up there with other well known brands and in some categories surpassed them.

my next one i will be using GC and if all goes well i will stick with it provided it goes on sale every now and then.
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Old 11-13-2006, 04:06 PM   #12
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yeah, i'm guilty - i'm a member of BITOG too

ps - I got a raincheck yesterday at Canadian tire for 6 liters of GC ($5.99 ea)! hehehe.
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Old 11-15-2006, 10:37 AM   #13
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GC FTW! I bought 7 litres as well. 5.99 a litre for German Castrol, can't go wrong! Now, I wonder, do I have the original "green" GC or the new "gold" GC? We will find out soon!
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Old 11-15-2006, 12:12 PM   #14
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GC gold and green have been tested and proven to both be basically the same chemical composition.

also, you can tell by the date codes on the bottle if it will be GC green or gold.
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Because i dont want to store my car on dirty oil. And i dont want to drive on oil that's been sitting for 7 months.
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