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  1. LSD Oil

    Hi, Has your E46 got the factory fitted LSD option or have you fitted an aftermarket LSD? The 330Ci M Sport does not come as standard with an LSD. Regards Jack
  2. 2005 330cd Oil?

    There are a lot of good oils for it. Castrol Edge 0w-30, Mobil ESP 5w-30, Millers XF/EE C3 5w-30, Fuchs GT1 Pro C3/Pro Flex, Shell ECT C3 5w-30 and Motul X-Clean 5w-30 are all good, well proven options that will not cause any problems http://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-686-bmw-longlife-04-engine-oil.aspx At the moment, the Fuchs Pro Flex is a very good option as it's under £25 with your club discount and a good, approved oil. Cheers Tim
  3. 2005 330cd Oil?

    This is something that I see on forums a lot, someone asks for the best oil and then gets recommended the cheapest option. The best and the cheapest are rarely the same thing. Oils can vary a lot, even though they say similar things on the label. For example, there are three different types of synthetic basestocks, so there can be a big difference between the basic make up of oils, even though the labels essentially say the same thing. http://www.opieoils.co.uk/pdfs/tech-articles/Basestock-categories-and-Descriptions.pdf As you can see from that, oils labelled as synthetic can be mineral oil derived, proper genuine synthetics or ester based synthetics, all of which affect the price. Shell have thrown a spanner in the works with that classification as they now use a different method to produce the group 3 oils, which uses gas as the raw material and reduces the level of impurities in the finished product, so in theory the Shell group 3 basestock is pretty good stuff. Mobil have also improved their group 3 basestock and when someone tested the old group 4 Mobil 1 0w-40 against the new group 3 version, the group 3 was shown to be the better oil. Another way of affecting the price of an oil is to alter the additive package. http://www.opieoils.co.uk/pdfs/tech-articles/Oil-Additive-Package.pdf The additive pack is a very important part of the oil and can greatly affect the oils properties, but it can be reduced in quality or quantity to reduce the production costs. That can mean that the oil will not last as long or work as well. Quality control affects the price and quality, the more samples are tested during production, the more it costs, but the more likely it is to be what it says on the label. Some cheap oils have been found to be well out of grade (one of the worst I've heard of was something that was supposed to be a 5w-40 was actually a 20w-40). Paying for the name is one way of looking at it, the other way is reassurance due to a trusted brand. Yes, Castrol, Shell and Mobil can be expensive, but everyone knows those brands and very few people have ever had problems with them. Some of the smaller brands are less well known and people don't know how good their products will be. That's not to say they won't be fine, but paying an extra few quid for peace of mind can be worth it. Actual manufacturer approvals can cost a lot of money and that adds to the price of an oil, so a lot of manufacturers sell oils as 'meets the requirements of XXXX' or 'Can be used where XXXX is specified'. You then have to trust the oil manufacturer that the oil is actually suitable for the application, rather than the oil being approved. Don't risk that with cars under warranty, pretty much all manufacturers will void a warranty if the wrong oil is used. Some dealerships are testing the oil before they look at engine issues now, as if the oil is incorrect, they may be able to get out of doing the work. There was also a case a little while ago where Triple QX 5w-30 and 5w-40 were claiming to meet specs that they didn't. http://www.ukla-vls.org.uk/news/vls-bulletin-february-2016-vls010124-vls010125/ Yes, they put it right, but the oil was not meeting the specs it claimed up until that point. There is a reason why some oils cost more than others and it can be worth paying a bit more than for the basic option. I'm not saying every car needs £100 worth of oil for a service, but you can get things like the Shell Helix 5w-40 (LL01) and Fuchs GT1 Pro Flex 5w-30 (LL04) for under £25 from us with your forum discount and they are good, well proven oils. Cheers Tim
  4. 2005 330cd Oil?

    Hi It depends on the year of the car. Up to 04, you can use a BMW LL01 or LL04, after 04 it should be an LL04 oil, although if it is post-04 and doesn't have a DPF, you can use LL01. http://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-685-bmw-longlife-01.aspx http://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-686-bmw-longlife-04.aspx Go for any brand or price preference that you have with those. Cheers Tim
  5. 2005 330cd Oil?

    Hi You use the code E46Z at the checkout for the discount. Cheers Tim
  6. Club update from oilman @ Opie Oils

    Hi Alex You need an oil that meets the BMW LL01 or LL04 specification. http://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-685-bmw-longlife-01.aspx http://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-686-bmw-longlife-04.aspx 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, although if it burns at lot of oil, go for one of the 5w-40s. Cheers Tim
  7. Club update from oilman @ Opie Oils

    Hi If your gearbox suffers from stiff/poor changes when it's cold (as is fairly common with E46s), using a mix of ATF and MTF is a good idea. Red Line MTL and ATF D4 or Fuchs Sintofluid 75w-80 and ATF 5005 are the ones that people commonly mix together in E46 gearboxes. http://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-670-75w-80-75w-85-mtfs-manual-transmission-fluid.aspx http://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-1432-atf-automatic-transmission-fluid.aspx An ATF is basically a thin gear oil, so reduces the viscosity slightly, making the gear shifts easier. The combinations that I mentioned above are good enough quality so that even though the oil is a little thinner, there should be no reduction in protection. If you are not suffering with cold gear changes, just use one of the MTFs that I mentioned. The best options for the power steering are the Red Line D4 or Fuchs ATF6000, although the others are fine as cheaper alternatives. http://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-771-dexron-iii.aspx The diff needs a 75w-90 GL5 oil. http://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-673-75w-90-mtfs-manual-transmission-fluid.aspx The Fuchs Syn 5, Millers CRX, Redline 75w-90 GL5, Motul Gear 300 and Gulf Competition are ideal for the diff. The Fuchs Sintopoid, Castrol Syntrax Longlife, Millers TRX, Motul Motylgear, Mobil SHC and Gulf Syngear are also good choices. Cheers Tim
  8. Oil advice and recommendations here!

    It could well be the oil, due BMW's fill for life way of thinking, the oil might never have been changed and over 15 years and nearly 150k, the oil could be worn out, leading to poor shifts. The best options are the Red Line D4 or Fuchs ATF6000, although the others are fine as cheaper alternatives. http://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-771-dexron-iii.aspx Cheers Tim
  9. Oil advice and recommendations here!

    Hi That's an LT3 fluid, but you could use that. Syntrans B is a bit of an odd product in that Castrol only make it when their customers have ordered several thousand litres and as it's not the most popular thing, the stock runs out quite often, so the ATF/MTF mix is often more practical. Cheers Tim
  10. Oil advice and recommendations here!

    Hi Generally, I'd say add the whole bottle of MTF, then make up the rest with ATF and she how that goes. If that's a bit stiff still, drain off a drop and replace with some ATF. Keep doing that until it's not too stiff. Cheers Tim
  11. Oil advice and recommendations here!

    Hi Anton If changed that often, a 5w-30 oil is ideal, but there isn't necessarily any price benefit over one of the long life approved oils http://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-653-5w-30.aspx The best ones there are the Fuchs/Silkolene Pro S, Motul 300V, Mobil ESP, Castrol Edge, Shell Helix Ultra Extra, Millers XF, Fuchs GT1and Red Line, but the Motul Eco-Energy, Gulf GVX/ULE, Mobil Super 3000, Shell Helix HX7 AF/AG and Fuchs XTR are good cheaper alternatives. As Gulf are doing their GVX and ULE for good prices for LL04 approved oils, I'd probably go for those rather than a non-approved oil for similar money. If your gearbox suffers from stiff/poor changes when it's cold (as is fairly common with E46s), using a mix of ATF and MTF is a good idea. Red Line MTL and ATF D4, Amsoil ATF and MTF or Fuchs Sintofluid 75w-80 and ATF 5005 are the ones that people commonly mix together in E46 gearboxes. http://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-670-75w-80-75w-85-mtfs-manual-transmission-fluid.aspx http://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-1432-atf-automatic-transmission-fluid.aspx An ATF is basically a thin gear oil, so reduces the viscosity slightly, making the gear shifts easier. The combinations that I mentioned above are good enough quality so that even though the oil is a little thinner, there should be no reduction in protection. If you are not suffering with cold gear changes, just use one of the MTFs that I mentioned. Cheers Tim
  12. Oil advice and recommendations here!

    If you’re in need of oil advice and recommendations then please just ask, we are happy to help. You can ask us here or by PM, drop us an email to sales@opieoils.co.uk or just give us a call this morning, we are here till 5.30pm. It's a great time to buy from Opie Oils, have a look at our Current Offers>>. Cheers - oilman
  13. Oil advice and recommendations here!

    Hi Folks, Opie Oils has some fantastic offers on at the moment so please check our Current Offers >>>>> If you need any oil advice then we are here to help! You can contact us here, alternatively give us a call on 01209 202944 Monday - Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm or send us an email to sales@opieoils.co.uk Cheers Oilman
  14. Oil advice and recommendations here!

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  15. Oil advice and recommendations here!

    Hi Folks, If you are having trouble finding out which Engine Oil is right for your car, please use our lookup guide. If you need help finding your car, or it is modified in any way, you can call us Monday - Friday 8:30am to 5:30pm on 01209 202944, email us at sales@opieoils.co.uk, or just ask here. Cheers Oilman