Recommended oils for BMW M44 engine

By · August 2, 2017 · 0 comments

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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John Avis 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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