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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 05-05-2013, 12:30 AM   #1
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best oil for e46 m3 ?

what is the best oil for m3 ?i been changing my oil in bmw . but its getting to expensive .Thanks
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Old 05-05-2013, 12:33 AM   #2
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best oil for e46 m3 ?

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Old 05-05-2013, 12:39 AM   #3
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lol...if your worry about the cost for an oil change you bought the wrong car buddy....
heres a good read if your on the johns or at work or something....
http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=295656
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Old 05-05-2013, 12:47 AM   #4
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Old 05-05-2013, 04:10 PM   #5
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Old 05-05-2013, 04:14 PM   #6
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Ok thanks guys so factory recomended is the best .
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Old 05-05-2013, 04:35 PM   #7
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Ok thanks guys so factory recomended is the best .
I sense much wisdom in this one.
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Old 05-05-2013, 04:36 PM   #8
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Lol . A-hole
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Old 05-05-2013, 04:42 PM   #9
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Ya, sure.... just go up to the local autozone and pick up some of that Quaker State, it's like $3 a quart.

Seriously though, only use 10w60 Castrol TWS. I've also heard of some using Gulf 10w-60 for race applications, but as far as I'm concerned there is only one oil every going inside my engine.
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Old 05-05-2013, 04:49 PM   #10
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Ye . I guess the reason I asked is because my cousin had his e46 m3 and he always was changing his oil In some local crap shop that was charging 40$ for oil change (I'm sure it wasn't 10-60tws). He did not care much for the car .but his m3 drove very strong and he put 30,000 miles before he crashed it
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I've lately done a lot of reading about motor oil and learned quite a bit of new material, but mainly what to look for in an oil. It's not just about the weight, but more about the additives. BMW recommends Castrol oil as, supposedly, they partnered with Castrol to develop an oil for the M cars. Sounds like good marketing to have BMW on your side. Read this article which focuses on the zinc additive:

http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2...older-engines/

I went to my garage to look at the leftover bottles of Castrol oil and here's what I ended up with from the dealership:




Then a pic of the API ratings. Notice the difference in ratings?



On the right, the TWS Motorsports oil has the SJ rating indicating that this oil has the highest level of boron, zinc, and phosphate commercially available, while the on on the left has the SM rating. The article I posted mentioned that Castrol discovered the additives for controlling wear in metal to metal contact, so maybe BMW really knew what they were doing when they partnered with Castrol. Hopefully this sheds light on why this oil is so expensive.

Side note: double check the containers if oil the parts person sells you. Don't walk out with the Castrol Edge. TMS Motorsport only. I was still charged $18/qt for the lesser quality, too
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Old 05-05-2013, 10:54 PM   #12
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TWS, or Liqui Moly 10w60, either way you look at it its around 13-16 a quart.. if you wanted a cheap oil change you bought the wrong car.. Might save money tho changing it youself in a drive way and taking old oil to autozone for disposal? but your still looking near 100 per change.. just the way it is.... and please dont skimp and think you can get by with 20w50 thats just not a good move.. just stick to 10w60 TWS or liquimoly.. the price is much cheaper than a new motor... trust us on that....
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Old 05-05-2013, 10:58 PM   #13
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No that's for sure.money I not problem here it's just I'm sick of dealer bullshit .
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Old 05-05-2013, 11:04 PM   #14
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order your oil in advance from turner or someone of the sort.. Its what I do, I always have my next oil change in my garage. Once I change my oil, I order my next one that same or next day. Oil change is too easy of a job to pay some BMW dealer crash cash to drain it, fill it, and change a filter thats on top of the engine :/ expecially when its not in warranty like mine is anymore..
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Old 05-05-2013, 11:43 PM   #15
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how about ecs tuning oil kit ,is this a good price or you can get it cheaper somewhere ? And ye I'm aware it's not going to be 30 or 40$ lol
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Old 05-07-2013, 01:18 PM   #16
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Oh no here we go.
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Old 05-07-2013, 01:31 PM   #17
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Anyway I match the prices from ecs tuning and my local bmw dealer . The ecs tuning slightly cheaper because u don't pay tax
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Old 05-07-2013, 01:33 PM   #18
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Old 05-07-2013, 01:34 PM   #19
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how about ecs tuning oil kit ,is this a good price or you can get it cheaper somewhere ? And ye I'm aware it's not going to be 30 or 40$ lol
There are a few different kits at ECS.

100% OEM Oil OEM Filter...everything you need
http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-M3-...ine/ES2550022/

100% OEM Oil MANN Oil Filter...everything you need
http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-M3-...ngine/ES11071/

100% OEM Oil (Just not marketed as "BMW" on the bottle by Castrol) MANN Filter....everything you need.
http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-M3-...ine/ES2580178/

At the end of the day you are fine with any of those 3 kits... nothing wrong with the last one other than it doesnt say BMW on the bottle like the others. Finally... I suggest only going with OEM oil. I mean it is your car, so do as you please...but you get what you pay for.
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Old 05-07-2013, 01:43 PM   #20
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Thanks cosmos m3 I was actually wondering about #3 option . Looks like I will be going with #3 option
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