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Old 12-04-2016, 07:41 AM   #1
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BMW E30 Engine Oil

Hello Californians,

Just curious and If this thread already been done please delete and I apologize.

Not trying to get a recommendation of what oil to use, but just curious on what cali people uses for their engine oil? I'll start.

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Engine: M20b25 (Stock - No Mods)
Summer Oil: Mobile 1 10W40
Winter Oil: Mobile 1 10W40
Location: Bakersfield

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Old 12-04-2016, 08:53 AM   #2
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Castrol 20w 50 with a quart of Lucas Oil Stabilizer


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Old 12-04-2016, 10:25 AM   #3
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this has been beat to death.
in CA run 20w50 year round.
VR1/Total Racing are the best, then any diesel 20w50, then castrol, moble 1 and all the rest of them are about the same.
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Old 12-04-2016, 12:50 PM   #4
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20w50 only and always. Valvoline VR1 is my weapon of choice.
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Old 12-05-2016, 11:15 AM   #5
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Castrol GTX 20w50 all year round. Unless you live somewhere in Cali where it snows or temperature drops below 40 on a regular basis.
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Old 12-05-2016, 11:17 AM   #6
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Not to open this can of worms.......but on this subject. Everyone typically use conventional only in their car? Some folks I know use synthetic but I feel its mostly preference.
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Old 12-05-2016, 11:35 AM   #7
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Similar weather here in FL. OTC oil of choice is M-1 (15-50) or VR-1 (20-50), but in the turbo/race cars we have switched to LiquiMoly Racetech 10-60 due to the noticeable increase in idle pressure when hot.
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Old 12-05-2016, 07:00 PM   #8
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I always run 20W50.
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Old 12-05-2016, 07:04 PM   #9
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I use 5w-40 Liqui-Moly synthetic.
Based on this, http://www.e30zone.net/e30zonewiki/index.php/Oil
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Old 12-05-2016, 08:27 PM   #10
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20-50 Kendall gt here.
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Old 12-07-2016, 02:58 PM   #11
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Old 12-07-2016, 03:37 PM   #12
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I like sunflower, castor if it's really cold out
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Old 12-07-2016, 03:55 PM   #13
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I run Amsoil 10-40, but my car is swapped. In Denver, but only drive the car when it's above 50 degrees or so.
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Old 12-09-2016, 01:37 PM   #14
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M20: 20w50 summer, 10w30 winter (in CO)
S50/52: 5w40 Shell Rotella T6 works great, was fine even in CO winter.
S54: 10w60 Castrol TWS all day err day
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20W50 unless it's far below freezing.
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