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Old 13-07-2005, 00:30   #1
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If anyone would like a recommendation of what oil to use in their engine, gearbox, differential or whatever (without a huge technical debate) then this is the place to ask.

I will look it up on our database and get back to you.

I will need the Model, Year, Engine size and Type plus any mods affecting BHP and type of driving (road/track etc).

I hope this is a service that will be useful so please don't be afraid to ask, you'll get a straight answer!

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Ok then.

ZS180 2003 2.5L V6 iTg induction, always runs super 97 RON with Booster 1.6 RON, road driving. Current oil Fully Synthetic Shell Helix unknown spec.
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Old 13-07-2005, 21:09   #3
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You Definately need some of opie oils Silkoline 5-40w fully synthetic. I can highly recomend it
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Ok then.

ZS180 2003 2.5L V6 iTg induction, always runs super 97 RON with Booster 1.6 RON, road driving. Current oil Fully Synthetic Shell Helix unknown spec.
I would recommend sticking with a fully synthetic.

0w-40 or 5w-40. API SL / ACEA A2 or A3

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Old 13-07-2005, 22:07   #5
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You Definately need some of opie oils Silkoline 5-40w fully synthetic. I can highly recomend it
There's not much better about, not cheap but top quality

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Old 14-07-2005, 00:16   #6
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Good Good. The oil has just been put in at a service, they left a little tag on the dipstick with the exact spec of the oil on it. I asked for fully sinth and offered to pay the extra but at bill time they let it slide. Happy days.
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Ok 2003 MG ZR 1.4 2003 normal every day use.
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Old 14-07-2005, 10:27   #8
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Ok 2003 MG ZR 1.4 2003 normal every day use.
Ok,

As a cost option you can go for a 10w-40 full synthetic.

As a quality option I look at a 5w-40 true synthetic.

Plenty to have a look at here http://www.opieoils.co.uk/lubricants.htm

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Ok,

As a cost option you can go for a 10w-40 full synthetic.

As a quality option I look at a 5w-40 true synthetic.

Plenty to have a look at here http://www.opieoils.co.uk/lubricants.htm

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Old 17-07-2005, 16:30   #10
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Why is no one recommending 0w30 fully synth oil?
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Old 17-07-2005, 22:01   #11
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For which model?

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Old 18-07-2005, 00:09   #12
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Old 18-07-2005, 11:49   #13
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Why is no one recommending 0w30 fully synth oil?
10W30 is a very popular US specification for their engine designs, but mainly for two reasons:
Bore polishing was a real problem and so the 10w30 reduced this by using a lower viscosity.
Secondly, lower viscosity equals less fluid friction and therefore better fuel economy at the expense of extra engine wear. So 10w30 is sold as a energy conserving oil.

The European engines tend to be designed with much tighter tolerances so don't need to worry about bore polishing, but more importantly are also designed for longer service intervals than what is the norm in the US.

Therefore, I would hesitate to go below a 40 for general use, particularly in Summer. Stick with either the 10w40 or the 5w40 or even the 0w40. The first number can go lower, down to 0w on a full synthetic, as this improves the cold start, but the running viscosity should not go lower than 40 IMHO.
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My database says xw-40 so 5w-40 is a good choice.

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Old 19-07-2005, 09:39   #15
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Right then

Engine oil for a ZT190 2.5 v6, 18000 miles a year mainly motorway and
Gearbox oil to improve the gear change or would an additive be better?

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Old 20-07-2005, 13:00   #16
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Right then

Engine oil for a ZT190 2.5 v6, 18000 miles a year mainly motorway and
Gearbox oil to improve the gear change or would an additive be better?

Rgds
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Shipy,

For your car your looking at a 10w-40 semi synthetic as a cost option, for quality go for a good 5w-40 full synthetic unless the car is heavily modded.

For the gearbox, a good quality 75w-90 gear oil is ideal.

Please dont bother with additives, they can do more harm then good, for best results use top quality oil.

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Shipy,

For your car your looking at a 10w-40 semi synthetic as a cost option, for quality go for a good 5w-40 full synthetic unless the car is heavily modded.

For the gearbox, a good quality 75w-90 gear oil is ideal.

Please dont bother with additives, they can do more harm then good, for best results use top quality oil.

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Thanks Guy

Any ideas on the amount of each i need?

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Old 21-07-2005, 09:33   #18
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Lyndon,

The engine will take 5.8ltr

The gearbox will take 1.6ltr

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Old 27-07-2005, 22:40   #19
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ZT CDTi 135
20k miles per year mainly motorway and A road, not many short trips.
Maybe chipped
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A good 10w-40 semi synthetic as a cost option.

If you have ot chippen then a 5w-40 full synthetic will be a better quality option.

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Thanks Simon

Any particular 5W-40 you would recommend for us derv drivers?
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Any particular 5W-40 you would recommend for us derv drivers?
To be honest most quality oils these days are happy with both petrol or diesel engines, look for an oil that meets the ACEA A3/B3 spec, the B3 is the diesel spec.

Quality brands to look at would be Mobil, Silkolene, Motul.

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Hi Simon,

Thanks for the offer of advice,

What oil should I use for my MGTF service ?

MGTF 2002 1.6 115BHP no mods.
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The low cost option is a 10w-40 but a better quality option would be a 5w-40 fully synthetic.

It costs more but needs changing less frequently.

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Iown a MGZR105 just coming up to its first 6 monthly oil change, mileage will be about 2000 ,what oil should i use i was thinking about a 10-40 good quality mineral oil.
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A good 10w-40 semi synthetic as a cost option.

If you have ot chippen then a 5w-40 full synthetic will be a better quality option.

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Unipart 5-50 full synthetic ordered for the next service at my local ex-dealer.

Any idea who makes it????
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Iown a MGZR105 just coming up to its first 6 monthly oil change, mileage will be about 2000 ,what oil should i use i was thinking about a 10-40 good quality mineral oil.
You could switch to a semi 10w-40 and then to a fully 5w-40 but she should be well enough run in now to go straight to the fully.

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Unipart 5-50 full synthetic ordered for the next service at my local ex-dealer.

Any idea who makes it????
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.

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Thanks for that Simon, looks like i had better supply my own...........
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Gone for Mobil 1, better to be safe with these extended diesel service intervals!

Simon, will order it from you next time - much cheaper than the shops!
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Can't get Mobil 1 5W-40 will Mobil 1 Diesel 0W-40 be OK for my CDTi?
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I would use the straight Mobil 1 0w-40 as it carries good diesel specs anyway.

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Hi

Wondering on best oil type for a 2001 MGF 1.8i VVC ?
It has a full MG history so I suppose it has used the 'recommended' oil for its 60k mile life. (ACEA A2 is the only spec I can see in the handbook.)
I have heard that fully synthetic is not recommended for the VVC - is this correct ?

Would appreciate your input - Thanks

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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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I know its not an MG but could you recommend an engine oil for a 2005 Model 2.0L 16v Megane II.

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