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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 09-11-2013, 03:31 PM   #21
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Motul 300v 5w30. It's about $20/liter.

ALL other fluids are changed at least once per year.
That's too expensive for me. M1 or Castrol works just fine, why you'd do otherwise is beyond me.

Changing all of the fluids every year is a waste of time and money.
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Old 09-11-2013, 05:02 PM   #22
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Motul 300v 5w30. It's about $20/liter.

ALL other fluids are changed at least once per year.
wow that's a lot of coin for oil made for racing and rally cars. I'll stick with M 1 or German Castrol.
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Old 09-11-2013, 08:16 PM   #23
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No way . . . I get 5 quarts of 5w-30 Synpower from Wally World for 19.99
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Old 09-12-2013, 12:47 PM   #24
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good results. how much does this cost?
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Old 09-12-2013, 12:57 PM   #25
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25 bucks standard analysis : http://www.blackstone-labs.com/free-test-kits.php
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Old 09-12-2013, 02:59 PM   #26
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you change your tranny and diff and transfer every year?
Yes. Powersteering, coolant, and brake fluid (multiple times a year) too.

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wow that's a lot of coin for oil made for racing and rally cars. I'll stick with M 1 or German Castrol.
I do race the car.

Mobile1 is on the lower end of what is acceptable in an M54. It doesn't hold up if you are nailing the rev limiter all day. Zero sheer loss on the Motuil 300v. German Castrol is a much better choice than Mobile1, IMO.
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Old 09-12-2013, 07:21 PM   #27
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I do race the car.

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I see.. i drive my 330 1500 miles per year. I work down the road. I don't think I'm ever warmed up enough to consider redline.
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Old 09-12-2013, 07:37 PM   #28
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Yes. Powersteering, coolant, and brake fluid (multiple times a year) too.



I do race the car.

Mobile1 is on the lower end of what is acceptable in an M54. It doesn't hold up if you are nailing the rev limiter all day. Zero sheer loss on the Motuil 300v. German Castrol is a much better choice than Mobile1, IMO.

Well you now have me looking at Motul 8100 excess 5w 40, 44 bucks 5 liter jug.
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Old 09-12-2013, 11:29 PM   #29
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Well you now have me looking at Motul 8100 excess 5w 40, 44 bucks 5 liter jug.
That's what I use in the winter.
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Old 09-18-2013, 09:56 PM   #30
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I'm surprised no one mentioned the possibility of coolant in the oil. I do have to add some occasionally but apparently it's not showing up in great quantities in the oil or on the ground. No foam on the cap either.
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