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Old 25th November 2010, 01:16 PM   #1
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Default Oil advice and recommendations from oilman @ Opie Oils

M3Cutters has invited us to start an "oil recommendations" thread here... so if you would like any oil advice or a recommendation for your car please feel free to ask here and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

To help us to give the most accurate advice possible we do need some information about your car. e.g.
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Engine type:
Performance modifications:
Driving style: (road / off-road / track etc)
Any other information that may be relevant: e.g. approx BHP if modified, oil temps if known
What recommendation are you looking for? Engine, Gearbox, Diff etc.

Any oil we recommend is available to buy from us (if you would like to) for delivery throughout the UK and many destinations in Europe. We stock oils & lubricants from 9 major oil brands: Amsoil, Castrol, Fuchs, Gulf, Millers, Mobil, Motul, Redline and Silkolene, so we can supply fluids meeting the vast majority of manufacturer and international specifications.

M3Cutters members get a discount of at least 10% on our usual prices... just choose "M3Cutters" as your club when registering on the Opie Oils web site and enter your forum username.

Finally, if there are any products we don't stock and you have difficulty getting hold of elsewhere, let us know and we'll see if we can stock them.

We look forward to being of help!

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M3Cutters has invited us to start an "oil recommendations" thread here... so if you would like any oil advice or a recommendation for your car please feel free to ask here and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

To help us to give the most accurate advice possible we do need some information about your car. e.g.
Make:
Model:
Year:
Engine type:
Performance modifications:
Driving style: (road / off-road / track etc)
Any other information that may be relevant: e.g. approx BHP if modified, oil temps if known
What recommendation are you looking for? Engine, Gearbox, Diff etc.

Any oil we recommend is available to buy from us (if you would like to) for delivery throughout the UK and many destinations in Europe. We stock oils & lubricants from 9 major oil brands: Amsoil, Castrol, Fuchs, Gulf, Millers, Mobil, Motul, Redline and Silkolene, so we can supply fluids meeting the vast majority of manufacturer and international specifications.

M3Cutters members get a discount of at least 10% on our usual prices... just choose "M3Cutters" as your club when registering on the Opie Oils web site and enter your forum username.

Finally, if there are any products we don't stock and you have difficulty getting hold of elsewhere, let us know and we'll see if we can stock them.

We look forward to being of help!

Cheers
Guy, Opie Oils

You can also contact us by phone on +44 1209 215164
(All oils recommended are available to buy online at my web site)
hello mate just some advice... my mate had an oil change in his M3 and was supposed to use 10w 60 but instead he put in 10w 4o...
the guy at the place where he got this done said it was fine to use this grade..
can you explain the 2 types of oil so I can go back to him and tell him

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Old 25th April 2011, 03:20 PM   #3
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What year is his M3?

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Old 25th April 2011, 07:49 PM   #4
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What year is his M3?

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its a 2003
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Old 26th April 2011, 03:03 PM   #5
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Using a 10w-40 will probably be fine, the only problem is likely to be oil consumption. As the M series engines post 2000 tend to drink oil at a fairly high rate (the reason why they use a 10w-60) it's likely just to get worse with a 10w-40. It wouldn't surprise me if it uses more than a litre per 500 miles.
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Hi Oilman

I started a thread titled “Replacement LSD oil” asking for help regarding oil for E46 M3 LSD:http://forums.m3cutters.co.uk/showthread.php?t=31832

A few other members have shown interest in this question but we have not had a reply. I now suspect that I should have started the thread in this sticky section.

Can you offer any further feedback regarding a suitable friction modifier as an additive for Castrol Syntrax?
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Using a 10w-40 will probably be fine, the only problem is likely to be oil consumption. As the M series engines post 2000 tend to drink oil at a fairly high rate (the reason why they use a 10w-60) it's likely just to get worse with a 10w-40. It wouldn't surprise me if it uses more than a litre per 500 miles.

Thanks for the advice much appreciated!
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Hello, can you advise me please?

Make: BMW
Model: M3 Evolution Coupe
Year: 1997
Engine type: 3.2
Performance modifications: None
Driving style: Track day project
What I need: Engine Oil

Regarding the filters you sell, are these OEM?

While I'm here, can you advise on engine oil for my other BMW. It is full of BMW oil from the service but I need something to top it up with. Should I get the same or can I use another make for top ups.

Make: BMW
Model: 330i M Sport Touring (Petrol)
Year: 2004
Engine type: 3.0
Performance modifications: None
Driving style: Normal
What I need: Engine Oil
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Old 5th September 2011, 12:11 PM   #9
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Hi

I would use a top end 5w-40 synthetic in the M3.

http://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-656-5w-40.aspx

Out of those, the best ones are the Fuchs/Silkolene Pro S, Millers CFS, Motul 300V, Redline and Gulf Competition.

You need an oil that meets the BMW LL01 or LL04 specifications.

http://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-685-bmw-longlife-01.aspx
http://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-686-bmw-longlife-04.aspx

The oils are all good oils as they need to be to meet the BMW specifications, so take your pick based on any price/brand preference you have. Go for a 5w-40 if it burns a lot of oil.

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Great, thanks. I was thinking Fuchs will be good for the track days.
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Yes, it's ideal
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Hi oilman. could you please answer post 6 in this thread about diff oil. many thanks.

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Hi, I have a e36 m3 evo 1998.
I am thinking of getting BMW to do an oil change.
Can you tell me what oil BMW put into the e36 m3 evo.


Car is never tracked and not driven that hard on the road
And what would you recommend?
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Hi oilman. could you please answer post 6 in this thread about diff oil. many thanks.

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Hi Andy

Have a look at this thread, the Redline Friction Modifier is ideal.

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Hi, I have a e36 m3 evo 1998.
I am thinking of getting BMW to do an oil change.
Can you tell me what oil BMW put into the e36 m3 evo.


Car is never tracked and not driven that hard on the road
And what would you recommend?
BMW would probably put in Castrol SLX 0w-30, it's what they tend to put in everything.

I would use a 5w-40 ester synthetic, they keep the Vanos quiet and give the best protection.

http://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-656-5w-40.aspx

Out of those, the ester ones are the Fuchs/Silkolene Pro S, Millers CFS, Motul 300V, Redline and Gulf Competition.

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Hi Opie,

Oil change coming up and this is my 1st M3.
E46
2005 (Oct)
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No engine mods
Road use only
57000mls
Looking for the right oils and volumes for:
engine
transmission
diff
Also looking for the right brake fluid if you do this too?

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Hi

This is the recommended engine oil

http://www.opieoils.co.uk/p-715-castrol-edge-10w-60-for-special-bmw-m-series-engines.aspx

The gearbox takes just under two litres of either the Fuchs Sintofluid 75w-80 or the Redline MTL.

http://www.opieoils.co.uk/p-981-fuchs-titan-sintofluid-sae-75w-80-synthetic-manual-transmission-fluid.aspx
http://www.opieoils.co.uk/p-1019-redline-synthetic-manual-transmission-lubricant-70w-80-gl4.aspx

The diff takes approximately 1.7L of the Castrol Syntrax Limited Slip

http://www.opieoils.co.uk/p-736-castrol-syntrax-limited-slip-75w-140-formerly-saf-xj-75w-140.aspx

With the brake fluid, I'd say the top choices are the Motul RBF600, Millers 300Plus, Fuchs Pro Race and either of the Gulf RFs. Castrol React and Motul 5.1 are good, cheaper choices.

http://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-450-brake-clutch-fluid.aspx

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Anyone in the need for any oil advice or recommendations?

We've now got our End Of Season Sale running, so it's a good time to pay us a visit!

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Hi, would you say the Millers cfs 10/60 is a good oil for an '03 m3 ? It's just that I use their oil in my tuned VW bus and mk1 escort mexico (and they're British).

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Hi

Yes, it would be fine and it's a very good oil.

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