Best engine OIL for E36 320???

what are your recommendations?
What do you think about using Fuchs oil 5w50 (sythetic oil)?
My engine has about 140 000 km.

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dronfulja wrote:

Where are you located? Or more precisely, what range of temperatures do you expect before your next oil change? I am in Texas in the US (hot summers and mild winters), and in my E36 I put in 10W30 each fall and 15W-40 each spring. I've been using synthetic blend, and so far the car has never used any oil between changes. I have about the same mileage on mine as you do, but I have the 325i.
I've always thought it was better to use a narrower range of viscosity if you don't expect wide variations in temperature, but with full synthetic it is robably not so much of a concern as with regular oil.
David
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I'm in Zagreb, Croatia (cold winters, hot summers). I'm changing oil for winter period. Thnak you for your previous answer.
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I can't imagine why you would need 50w oil. The recommended oil is 10w30, but lots of guys around here -- on this board -- use 5w30 synthetic.
The first of the two numbers indicates how the oil will behave in cold weather, and the second number says how the oil will behave when it gets hot. Dino oils work best when the spread is relatively narrow -- 10w30 should hold up better than 10w40, although the 10w40 will protect in a broader range of temperatures (having said that, it is seldom that one would need protection to minus 20 and plus 100+ in the same load of oil, so 10w40 is not really very useful as a practical matter).
Synthetic blends do not have the viscosity breakdown issues of dino oil, and the wider range -- 5w30 -- seem to fit most of the planet in a year around application. There is a 0w30 if you look hard enough, but unless your nipples break off when you go outside, I don't think you need to expend the energy looking for it.

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Jeff Strickland wrote:

Recommended oil doesn't always mean a lot. BMW seems to recommend different oils at different times and they take into account economy as much as wear. Any oil within range would probably be ok. Thinner oils when cold certainly get around the engine quicker but thin hot oils can make the engine noisier.
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Jeff Strickland wrote:

5W30 (especially Mobil 1) is way too thin for an E36 M50 engine. It will cause inadequate actuation of the VANOS due to low oil pressure. Been there... done that.
I use a 5W40 in colder weather (Shell Rotella T Synthetic is good) and up to Mobil 1 20W50 in the summer months.
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