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Old 14-08-2005, 20:12   #36
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The recommended oil is 5w-40 synthetic ACEA A3 minumum.

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Hello. What would be good for a 1989 Mini (998cc) with 18,000 miles?
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The lowest bidder unfortunately and although labelled a fully, it's a petroleum oil, not a true synthetic I'm afraid. It contains a small % of Group III (hydrocracked mineral oil) which allows them to label it as a synthetic. Unfortunately, quality-wise it's in a different league to pao/ester synthetic.
Can I once again correct this. Whilst there are no laws or industry protocols regarding the labelling of oils, the term "full synthetic" is only used to describe an oil that contains only synthetic base oil, where "synthetic" means groups III or IV (and usually V). So adding a small % of group III will not qualify an oil as fully synthetic in anyone's standards.

Similarly companies also have policies regarding how to describe their partial synthetics - this leads to terms like semi-synthetic, part-synthetic, synthetic enhanced and many others. These will contain a material amount of synthetic base oil (ie, not just a nominal amount).

I know your views on group III, but like it or not they are synthetics as far as the lubricants industry goes (save for a small number of countries where they can not be described as synthetic). Be that as it may, there is no distinction between "full" and what you call "true" synthetic and one can not determine this from the label, so unless it says clearly on a pack that an oil contains only group IV (PAO) and/or group V (eg ester) then you'll never know.

Please believe that I fully support your drive for using quality products and agree with your recommendations, but I just wanted to be sure that the consumers have the correct knowledge in case they wish to make their own, informed decisions.

Also, don't write a company's whole range of oils off because they use group III in some products; they may also use PAO and/or ester too, in some cases exclusively.
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Hello. What would be good for a 1989 Mini (998cc) with 18,000 miles?
The recommended viscosity is 10w-40.

Quality is really down to you.

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My database says 0w-40, 5w-40 or 10w-40 and recommends ACEA A2/A3.

It does not make any exclusion of synthetics and I would not expect it too, they only give benefits.

My choice: 5w-40 Fully Syn

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Don't forget, I'm here to help so feel free to ask.

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Hi,

I have a ZT 190+ 52Reg with 26,000 on the clock, it is used for normal every day driving and no mods.

At the last service the dealer used Shell Helix Ultra 5w-40. It is now due its next service is it ok to let them keep using the shell ultra or can you recommend a better option

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The Shell will do the job but there is always better, it's a question of cost.

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Hi there

I have a ZS 120 (1800 k series) its had alot of engine work and have never used any fuel other than Total Super Unleaded, the car has done 29000 miles and is the 2001 model, i dont mind cost just want performance, whats best to put in?!?

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29,000 miles is a lot of mileage for someone resident in Guernsey

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Old 06-11-2005, 11:59   #46
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not really, im out at least 4 times a week doin stuff round the island with everyone and we do weekly Island Spins (like last nite) 100mph through narrow roads kinda gets the adrenalin pumpin.

to say i read in a car buyers mag the other week that my car should have done 44000 by now, id say 29000 is pretty good as they say add on an 120quid to the price for every 1000 miles under the 440000.
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I have a ZS 120 (1800 k series) its had alot of engine work and have never used any fuel other than Total Super Unleaded, the car has done 29000 miles and is the 2001 model, i dont mind cost just want performance, whats best to put in?!?

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A decent synthetic 5w-40 would be a good choice. For track and/or modded cars then I could highly recommend Silkolene PRO S 5w-40 or Motul 300V 5w-40.

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do you know where the best place is to get the Silkolene Oil? i dont know if anyone supplies it on Guernsey

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do you know where the best place is to get the Silkolene Oil? i dont know if anyone supplies it on Guernsey

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Guernsey, fraid not.

Ive being trying to send some out there and its a customs night mare because they consider it "hazardous".

Not cheap shipping either.

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Oilman Hi.

When would be the best time change the oil in a new ZR 160. The mileage is currently 800 and there are a couple of mobil stickers on the car. I don't know what actual grade of oil is in it.

It can get extremely cold up here overnight in the winter.

Reading from your postings I think '0' would help cold weather starting and '40' is required for the 1.8 160 engine.

Would the new Castrol Edge 0 - 40 be a good oil to put in it?. It seems very expensive, especially as they only sell it in 1 and 4 litre containers. and I would need 4.5 litres.
Do you know if this is fully synthetic or is it another of Castrol's concoptions?

I couldn't see it on your web site Would you recomend it? or would you sugest an alternative.

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Iain,

For you car you need to allow it to finish the running in process, this is normally up to first service, then a true synthetic can be used.

0w-40 would be fine and will give good cold start protection for you. The Castrol Edge 0w-40 is a true synthetic, Castrol have been honest about this one.

On our site, did you see the Castrol Rs 0w-40? its the same oil just with the old name.

Castrol are chagning the name of everything at the mo.

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On our site, did you see the Castrol Rs 0w-40? its the same oil just with the old name.
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No it isn't.
Whats different about it then?

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Hi oilman

Ive just booked my car in for its 3 year service and currently have silkoline pro S 5W-40 fully synthetic in it. The garage can only provide me with an ELF 5W-40 fully synthetic. Is this oil any good.

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Let's just say it's not Silkolene PRO S, I would supply your own PRO S.

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Can anyone tell me the capacity of the engine oil for my zs 180.
My manual says 5.2 litres, but after doing an engine flush and replacing the filter, and filling up with 5.2 litres of oil the dipstick is barely showing above min.
I did run the car for 2 mins (at idle speed) to circulate the oil but I've left it for about 90 mins before testing the level and its only just on min.
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5.8 litres

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that's a bit naughty of mg rover to put 5.2 litres in the owner's handbook isn't it?
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Oil recomended for a Rover 220 Coupe Turbo arround 60K? I'm now using Mobil 1 5w50. Thanks
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I'm not sure an sae 50 is required unless the car is modded. 5w-40 would be a better choice IMO.

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I use Castrol GTX in my zr105 and change it every 6 months is this oil good enough was thinking of using magnatex 10-40 and changing it every 12 months mileage is about 5000 a year, what do you think.
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Hi simon,

I have an mg zs 180, 37,000 on the clock.i have a bmc air filter piper cat back exhaust and a decat.My week day driving is very short journeys to and from work, 3 miles there and 3 miles back.But at the weekend i like to take her out and give her plenty of stick.

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I use Castrol GTX in my zr105 and change it every 6 months is this oil good enough was thinking of using magnatex 10-40 and changing it every 12 months mileage is about 5000 a year, what do you think.
The GTX is really basic stuff and a move up to a 10w-40 semi would be a good move for the very little extra cost.

Top option would be a 5w-40 full synthetic.

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I have an mg zs 180, 37,000 on the clock.i have a bmc air filter piper cat back exhaust and a decat.My week day driving is very short journeys to and from work, 3 miles there and 3 miles back.But at the weekend i like to take her out and give her plenty of stick.

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Jason,

The quakity route is a 5w-40 full synthetic, get a good one and chage every 8-10,000 miles.

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whats recommended for this, currently using millers classic oil (50/40 i think?) :

Mini. (no cat)
1275cc a+ engine boared to a 1293cc, engine is about 1year, 4 months old (reconditioned), single 1" 3/4 carb, lcb 3 branch manifold, k&n induction filter, large bore centre exit dtm exhaust. think it has estimated bhp of around 80 or just over.

cant think of any other mods, think its a standard 1275 camshaft etc, dont know if thats relevant.

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sorry 5/40 i think cant remember...
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Millers have a Mini specific oil.
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A good quality 15w-50 or 15w-40 mineral oil is ideal.

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