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Old Sat, Apr-21-2012, 12:49:22 AM   #1
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I know what oil do you use has been brought up once or twice. Now I have looked around and have not found the answer to this one. When you buy a car or bike is there a way you can tell what is being used? Dyno or Syn oil. Or would that be just by the seller word? We recently bought a 95 325i with 82k on the clock she’s ready for a change.
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that is a good question. maybe you have to send off a sample?
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I'd submit the seller to a lie detector test....or just change the oil using whatever I prefer.
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Best bet is to just change the oil to what you want to use immediately after buying the car.
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Thanks, I am left to assume in the car it doesn’t matter. I know on a bike it can kill a clutch or seals.
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Thanks, I am left to assume in the car it doesn’t matter. I know on a bike it can kill a clutch or seals.
If the bike has wet clutch, which most do, car oils will not work because of the friction modifiers won't let the clutch grab. I have run Rotela T in almost all my Japanese bikes including my motocross bikes. Now I run only Mobil bike oil in my Ducati and Triumph, Castrol V-twin in my Harley. Wow, bit of a thread jack.
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I think you got trust the piece of word from the seller, that's where the reputation of big stores come into picture.
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