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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Sat, Jun-13-2009, 05:30:07 AM   #31
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just over 130c, is that acceptable or I should check the oil cooler?
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just over 130c, is that acceptable or I should check the oil cooler?
have you had your oil changed recently? what oil do you use? from my research, reaching 130 for brief periods is ok... but not consistently.
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Old Wed, Jun-17-2009, 12:52:54 AM   #33
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I changed my oil but at an official BMW dealer. I think they used cheap oil intead of the Castrol they told me they used. I will change the oil my self and then test what happens. Anyway only going for a couple of minutes at over 230km/h it reaches this temperatures.
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Old Wed, Jun-17-2009, 01:04:46 AM   #34
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Cheap oil has no bearing on oil temperature, maybe if they used an inappropriate oil weight. However "good" oil will be able to withstand high oil temperatures better. 300F or 149C is the highest you want to get with oil before it degrades. I would verify what oil weight your running, the temp is high, but nothing critical given the driving circumstances.
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Betriebsanleitung says it should be between 80 - 120 C in normal operation and 130 C MAX. when driven spiritedly. It also says you should not rev any higher than 4000 rpm before the oil temp gauge hits 50 C. That is all it has to say under the oil temp gauge picture in the book.

Given the oil technology/quality at the time these engines were first created we should be doing OK today because the oils available today are much nicer but then again just because the oil can handle the temperature, there is no point in cruising at high rpm a la NASCAR.

The oil can and will handle the temperature but all you are doing is creating useless friction and heat and wear as a consequence when you drive it sustainedly at high rpm. You should let the sucker breathe once in a while. Remember RPM; Ruins People's Motors.

10-60 is the WRONGEST oil you could go with an S50 motor. It is FAR too thick and might very well be contributing to your high oil temp reading. Go 5-40 or 0-40 and your motor will be happy.
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my us spec car w/3.91 gears has never broke 220 deg f with no oil cooler and thats at the track or on the street, usually its around 200 f
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agree, m3ilf, use 0w-40 or 5w40 engine oil. i use shell helix. on a hard run, i don't even break 100 Celsius!
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Old Thu, Jul-09-2009, 12:03:32 PM   #38
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Suggest u to check your fun clutch, if it is weak that’s the reason. I have changed it recently, temp has fallen from 100C to 90C as for hard driving 120C is MAX I use Castrol EDGE 10w60 and after 5000-5500km from the oil change I can say that oil temp goes up little bit faster that it use to do when the oil is newly changed
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OK it looks like not many people on here have the combination of a Euro engine and autobahn driving. As with what alot of the other guys say, with some hard driving my oil gets to 100 degrees, but never seems to go over. And and is with 30 degree temps outside.
When you are just taking it easy driving around town, what is your temp, because mine is 75-80.
Also something to consider, are all your underpanels in place?
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So guys what was the conclusion, I mean, the root cause for having higher than normal oil temperatures?
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