Recommended oils for BMW M44 engine

John Avis by | August 2, 2017 | Technical Tips

The following is a list of oils taken from Australian oil distributors that they recommend for the BMW M44 as fitted to the BMW E36 318is and 318ti.
Recommended BMW M44 engine oils

The following is a list of oils taken from Australian oil distributors that they recommend for the BMW M44 as fitted to the BMW E36 318is and 318ti.

Valvoline

ENGINE ARMOUR SYNTHETIC TECHNOLOGY 15W-40
ENGINE ARMOUR SYNTHETIC TECHNOLOGY 10W-40
NEXTGEN 15W-40

Castrol

CASTROL EDGE 0W-40 A3/B4
CASTROL MAGNATEC 10W-40
CASTROL GTX MODERN ENGINE 15W-40

Shell

Helix Ultra 5W-40
Helix HX8 Synthetic 5W-30

Penrite

HPR 10 SAE 10W-50
SEMI SYNTHETIC 15W-40
RACING 15W-50

Nulon

FULL SYNTHETIC 10W-40 HI-TECH FAST FLOWING ENGINE OIL
FULL SYNTHETIC 15W-50 STREET & TRACK HIGH PERFORMANCE ENGINE OIL
SEMI SYNTHETIC 15W-40 MODERN EVERYDAY ENGINE OIL

Gulf Western

SYN-X 6000 5W-40 API SN/CF
SYN - X 3000 10w40

Liqui Moly

SUPER LEICHTLAUF 10W-40
TOURING HIGH TECH 15W-40

Personally I use Castrol GTX Modern Engine 15W-40 because it is usually cheap (Supercheap Auto often have it at half price). It is a mineral oil, but I try and change it often at around every 6,000 km.

What oil do you use in your M44?

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I am a bit of a 3 series fanatic, having owned a couple of E30s and a few E36s, plus a few parts cars. I like the combination of the compact size, good performance and handling, and that they are more sports sedan than an impractical and extrovert sports car. This blog is a place to share my experience and knowledge.

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