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    Re: Oil, some basic advice.

    I think I'd go with the Millers CFS10w-40 as the best option.

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    Re: Oil, some basic advice.

    Guy, Would you say 10W-50 or 15W-50 would be better for a slightly (blue) smokey engine than using 10W-40?
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    Re: Oil, some basic advice.

    Go for a synthetic 10w-40. The blue smoke is coming from mineral oil being burned off. Synthetics are better at resisting being burned.
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    Re: Oil, some basic advice.

    Quote Originally Posted by oilman
    Go for a synthetic 10w-40. The blue smoke is coming from mineral oil being burned off. Synthetics are better at resisting being burned.
    Is there any particular one you'd recommend?
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    Re: Oil, some basic advice.

    One last question, does it use much oil?

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    Quote Originally Posted by oilman

    The temps and oil is suitable for has a lot to do with the quality of the oil. The top end ester 5w-40s are good for up to about 130C, but if you get a basic semi synthetic one, the oil will degrade at a lower temperature. You want to use the right grade for the engine.
    130'C??
    It was my understanding that a good ester based synthetic would handle much more than 130'C, more like 150'C without degradation, thats certainly what Mobil would have you believe...
    Corrado's or the VR6 engine in general have never been spec'd to run fully synth from VW and yet most VR's run oil temps well in excess of 120'C in normal use let alone when driven on track - and all this on semi synthetic oil.
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    Re: Oil, some basic advice.

    Quote Originally Posted by oilman
    One last question, does it use much oil?

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    Re: Oil, some basic advice.

    Which oil would you recommend for a 2.0 16v which has done apprx. 130 000?

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    Re: Oil, some basic advice.

    Quote Originally Posted by tandino
    Quote Originally Posted by oilman

    The temps and oil is suitable for has a lot to do with the quality of the oil. The top end ester 5w-40s are good for up to about 130C, but if you get a basic semi synthetic one, the oil will degrade at a lower temperature. You want to use the right grade for the engine.
    130'C??
    It was my understanding that a good ester based synthetic would handle much more than 130'C, more like 150'C without degradation, thats certainly what Mobil would have you believe...
    Corrado's or the VR6 engine in general have never been spec'd to run fully synth from VW and yet most VR's run oil temps well in excess of 120'C in normal use let alone when driven on track - and all this on semi synthetic oil.
    Semis do not handle temps as well as synthetics and a 10w-40 semi is going to breakdown very quickly at 120C. Yes, ester synthetics can be fine at much higher temps than 130C, but it depends what grade you decide to use. To be safe, we'd go for a 5w-40 at up to 130C, 10w-50 at up to 150C and 10w-60 for up to 170C. Those are all fairly conservative figures, you could probably go a bit higher, but we try to give recommendations that are safe as the oil is for someone elses engines, not our own.
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    Re: Oil, some basic advice.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben-B
    Quote Originally Posted by oilman
    One last question, does it use much oil?

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    Wow, that's a huge amount and it makes me think there is something really wrong that no oil is going to sort out
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