Oil advice and recommendations (Opie Oils)

Oil advice and recommendations (Opie Oils)

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opieoilman

Original Poster:

4,256 posts

172 months

Friday 28th September
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Hi

Rather than using one of the BMW approved oils, I would use an ester based 5w-40.

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

Out of those, the ester ones are the Fuchs/Silkolene Pro S, Millers CFS/CFS NT+, Motul Sport/300V, Red Line and Gulf Competition. The esters cling to the metals of the engine, so you are not as reliant on cold flow for the cold start protection. Also, ester based oils are very good at absorbing sound, so that can help.

Cheers

Tim

Nuttcase

12 posts

56 months

Saturday 29th September
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Tim, I'm looking at Shell 5W30 Helix Ultra ECT for a Merc C class diesel that requires 229.51. The ECT oil is C3 and 229.51 approved but is a lot more costly than Shell Helix Ultra 5W30 AG which is also C3 spec but does not have the MB229.51 approval. ECT is almost double the price.

If I look at the Shell technical data sheets, all the physical properties are EXACTLY the same e.g. viscosities of 12.11 and 69.02 at 40C and 100C. There is no evidence that ECT and AG are different oils!

My merc is out of warranty so is there any problem running the car on the 5W30 AG which meets the C3 spec?


PorkRind

2,535 posts

141 months

Sunday 30th September
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Opie saved me 100 quid on my service on my c63 amg.. Thanks smile

opieoilman

Original Poster:

4,256 posts

172 months

Monday 1st October
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Nuttcase said:
Tim, I'm looking at Shell 5W30 Helix Ultra ECT for a Merc C class diesel that requires 229.51. The ECT oil is C3 and 229.51 approved but is a lot more costly than Shell Helix Ultra 5W30 AG which is also C3 spec but does not have the MB229.51 approval. ECT is almost double the price.

If I look at the Shell technical data sheets, all the physical properties are EXACTLY the same e.g. viscosities of 12.11 and 69.02 at 40C and 100C. There is no evidence that ECT and AG are different oils!

My merc is out of warranty so is there any problem running the car on the 5W30 AG which meets the C3 spec?
Hi

As it's out of warranty, it seems sensible to use the AG as I can't see why there would be an issue with it, it really sounds like it's one oil that has been relabelled.

Cheers

Tim

opieoilman

Original Poster:

4,256 posts

172 months

Monday 1st October
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PorkRind said:
Opie saved me 100 quid on my service on my c63 amg.. Thanks smile
Ideal, good to hear.
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Labradorofperception

161 posts

27 months

Tuesday 2nd October
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Hi Tim

I have an 1967 Alfa Duetto, with the 1600 105 engine.

I was thinking a Millers 20/50 for the engine

Using Redline 75w/90 for the gearbox and diff.

The Alfa forums can't seem to agree on GL5 for the box and diff oil though..

Many thanks

opieoilman

Original Poster:

4,256 posts

172 months

Tuesday 2nd October
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Hi

Yes, the Millers is ideal for the engine and Red Line for the gearbox. From what I can find, a GL4 is fine for the diff, so you could use the MT90 in that as well.

Cheers

Tim

Labradorofperception

161 posts

27 months

Tuesday 2nd October
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Great.

Thanks very much - I'm off to your website now..................

darren-9da0g

6 posts

2 months

Wednesday 3rd October
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Hi all 1st time user an sorry its not about oil
I have a bmw 320ci 2001 an my heaters stopped blowing heat. blowers work fine ,display works fine, changed waterpump and thermostat gave full bleed but still no heat,top pipe on rad gets hot but bottom pipe stays cold any help would be much appriciated thanks

opieoilman

Original Poster:

4,256 posts

172 months

Friday 5th October
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darren-9da0g said:
Hi all 1st time user an sorry its not about oil
I have a bmw 320ci 2001 an my heaters stopped blowing heat. blowers work fine ,display works fine, changed waterpump and thermostat gave full bleed but still no heat,top pipe on rad gets hot but bottom pipe stays cold any help would be much appriciated thanks
Sorry, but not something I'll be any use with. Try the BMW section.

Cheers

Tim

Etretat

1,166 posts

158 months

Saturday 6th October
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Hi Tim
Not a car, a 2010 Westwood garden tractor with Tuff torque K46 transmission. I replaced the transmission last winter with a new unit and want to change the oil to help this one last.
The recommended oil is Tuff Torq Gearbox 3.0L Transmission Oil 187Q0899000 but I cannot find what grade this is and whether it is fully synthetic or not. Many people use 5W/50 which is difficult to obtain and dearer but better than another £500 transmission.
Any recommendations most welcome

Thanks
Keith

opieoilman

Original Poster:

4,256 posts

172 months

Monday 8th October
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Hi Keith

It's a 10w-30 and I have an alternative, although it's a fair bit more money.

https://www.opieoils.co.uk/p-73849-amsoil-syntheti...

It's really good stuff, but if you are looking to save money, the Tuff Torq stuff seems to be the sensible option.

I've had a look and they also seem to have updated the recommendation to 5w-50, which is odd as they still sell the 10w-30, and the Comma is a decent oil for the money.

Cheers

Tim

Etretat

1,166 posts

158 months

Monday 8th October
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Hi Tim

I would rather put 5/50 in it. I don't mind paying a bit more for oil if it saves buying another transmission in a few years. Yes it's odd that they now recommend 5/50 but still sell 10/30 as recommended oil. About as sensible as the fact that it's got no drain plug so to follow their recommendations you have to remove the transmission and tip it upside down!
What 5/50 do you recomend?
I need 2.5 litres but if its cheaper per litre to buy 5 litres I may go for it

Keith

opieoilman

Original Poster:

4,256 posts

172 months

Tuesday 9th October
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Hi Keith

Here are the 5w-50s that we have.

https://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-1039-5w50-engine-oil....

The Red Line and the Motul are the best options, but the others are good oils as well.

Might be worth getting something like this, rather than removing the gearbox.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Fluid-Water-Oil-Transfe...

Cheers

Tim

Jordan Clarkson

368 posts

80 months

Wednesday 10th October
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Make: Mini
Model: Cooper S R56
Year: 2007
Engine type: 1.6 Turbo Petrol (N14)
Modifications: K&N panel filter, possible remap (yet to confirm)
Driving style: Fairly spirited at times
Any other information that may be relevant: Oil Temperatures?
What recommendation are you looking for? Engine,Gearbox,Differential etc:
Engine oil, currently using Castrol Magnatec 5W30 (used Edge 5W30 previously) but have heard the 5W40 helps in terms of oil consumption, my car does burn oil a bit sometimes

opieoilman

Original Poster:

4,256 posts

172 months

Wednesday 10th October
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Hi

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

https://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-685-bmw-longlife-01.a...
https://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-686-bmw-longlife-04.a...

Those oils are all good options as they need to be to meet the BMW specification, so take your pick based on any price/brand preference you have, but as it burns at drop of oil, go for one of the 5w-40s.

Cheers

Tim

Oscar011

109 posts

9 months

Friday 19th October
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Looking for oil recommendations

Make: VW
Model: POLO MK4 Hatchback 1.4 16V Petrol
Year: 2006 (56 plate)
Engine type: 1.4L
Modifications: none
Driving style: Short 10/15 min drives to work 5 days a week. 5/6 thousand miles a year

Previous oil used for my oil change was petronas 5w 40, syntium 3000E

Thanks

Edited by Oscar011 on Friday 19th October 23:22

rufusgti

1,798 posts

128 months

Saturday 27th October
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I wondered if this thread was still going. I've been using Opie oils for years and find them really good. The site works well and I can always get the info I need. Sometimes you get a free sticker too!!
Anyway, I'm fixing up an old 1990 Porsche 944 S2. I'm wondering what oil to use, the engine has done 206,000 now. It doesn't seem to burn oil, leaks a little but that's getting sorted slowly. But it's the twin cam engine that can be a bit susceptible to cam wear. At this mileage do I stick to the recommended oil for the car or step up to a heavier oil to account for wear? Or as there's no obvious signs of issues do I just stick with original weight. Interested in your thoughts.

Many thanks

opieoilman

Original Poster:

4,256 posts

172 months

Monday 29th October
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Oscar011 said:
Looking for oil recommendations

Make: VW
Model: POLO MK4 Hatchback 1.4 16V Petrol
Year: 2006 (56 plate)
Engine type: 1.4L
Modifications: none
Driving style: Short 10/15 min drives to work 5 days a week. 5/6 thousand miles a year

Previous oil used for my oil change was petronas 5w 40, syntium 3000E

Thanks

Edited by Oscar011 on Friday 19th October 23:22
Hi

Sorry for the delay.

I'd probably stick with a 5w-40.

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

Out of those, the best ones are the Fuchs/Silkolene Pro S, Millers CFS/CFS NT+, Motul Sport/300V, Red Line and Gulf Competition. The Motul 8100 X-Cess, Millers XF Longlife, Castrol Edge/Magnatec, Fuchs GT1 XTL/Supersyn, Shell Helix and Mobil Super 3000 are good, cheaper alternatives.

Cheers

Tim

opieoilman

Original Poster:

4,256 posts

172 months

Monday 29th October
quotequote all
rufusgti said:
I wondered if this thread was still going. I've been using Opie oils for years and find them really good. The site works well and I can always get the info I need. Sometimes you get a free sticker too!!
Anyway, I'm fixing up an old 1990 Porsche 944 S2. I'm wondering what oil to use, the engine has done 206,000 now. It doesn't seem to burn oil, leaks a little but that's getting sorted slowly. But it's the twin cam engine that can be a bit susceptible to cam wear. At this mileage do I stick to the recommended oil for the car or step up to a heavier oil to account for wear? Or as there's no obvious signs of issues do I just stick with original weight. Interested in your thoughts.

Many thanks
Hi

Glad you like what we do.

I would use a 10w-40 and see how it goes. If it burns/leaks more than a litre in 1000 miles, then perhaps go for something a little thicker.

https://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-657-10w-40.aspx

The best ones are the Gulf Competition, Motul 300V, Fuchs Pro R, Red Line and Millers CFS. As a cheaper alternative the Fuchs Syn MC, Gulf Tec Plus, Valvoline Durablend/Maxlife, Castrol Magnatec, Shell HX7, Motul 6100 and Millers CSS/EE/Trident are good choices.

Cheers

Tim