YOU & YOUR CAR

YOU & YOUR CAR

Q&A: Answers to your questions about recalls and catastrophic missed oil changes

OIL ISSUE

I just bought a 1996 BMW 318si and I don’t know whether there is synthetic or conventional oil in there. I’m overdue for an oil change. I just bought five litres of 10w30 conventional for $16. Synthetic is going for $50. What do you recommend? – Brett

What does your owner’s manual/manufacturer advise? BMW knows what works best. Synthetic is probably best but with an older engine that has been run on conventional oil. There may be some leakage issues as the “slippier” oil sneaks past some gaskets and seals. This is not a place to save money

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