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    Mobil 1 0W-40 - 11,239 miles - 2006 MINI Cooper S

    <b>buster</b> & <b>pickled</b>, I agree that 15,000 would be fine, but it would throw the oil changes off schedule relative to the other service items, so I think I'll stick with my current regimen. If I'm feeling daring some day, I could try going for the full 18,000&ndash;20,000 mile interval...
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    Cool Honda Filter

    MINI changed to the zig-zag style for the new generation, as well: <img src="" alt="" />
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    Factory Fill - 50,744 miles - 2006 MINI Cooper S

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">&nbsp;Originally Posted By: SubLGT</div><div class="ubbcode-body">This transaxle only holds 1.5 quarts? </div></div> Roger that, per the specs, and that's all we got in before it started coming out the fill hole. I've read that there were...
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    Factory Fill - 50,744 miles - 2006 MINI Cooper S

    <img src="" alt="" /> This is the factory fill (presumably BMW MTF 94, the recommended fluid). The 6-speed Getrag manual transmission is equipped with the optional LSD. The manufacturer claims that the transmission oil is a...
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    Mobil 1 0W-40 - 11,239 miles - 2006 MINI Cooper S

    <img src="" alt="" /> No engine modifications, mixture of freeway and country roads. The car has an service indicator for oil changes, and it's been calling for roughly 20,000 mile intervals for me. I've been changing the oil once...
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    German Castrol 0W-30, MINI Cooper S, 3,899 miles

    Highroller, I assure you that since the break-in period ended at 1,250 miles, the car sees plenty of romp! lindermant, not right away. Mostly because I'm curious to send in oil samples to monitor the trend, and I'd rather not ask the dealer to collect the samples. Just so everyone knows the...
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    how come the tirerack recomended people charge so much for balancing?

    I think it's just bad luck where you live. The closest ones to me come up as $10-25 and $11-18 depending on size. In the past, I've used (online version of America's/Discount Tire Company) and a local installer who charged $10 a corner and seemed happy enough to do it. Ask...
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    German Castrol 0W-30, MINI Cooper S, 3,899 miles

    Oh, I just wanted to say that I got incredibly fast turnaround time from the USPS and Blackstone this time around. My last two samples took 2 or 3 weeks from the time I mailed them (surely the fault of USPS, not Blackstone). This time, I mailed the sample from home on a Saturday, same way I...
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    German Castrol 0W-30, MINI Cooper S, 3,899 miles

    This was the second oil change on the car, still breaking in. The first oil change was shortly after the end of the break-in period, during which time I kept the engine under 4,500 rpm. Since then, I've made good use of the high end and the supercharger. Next planned oil change is the first...
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    Factory oil, 1,524 miles, MINI Cooper S

    Here is a UOA of the factory fill on my new 2006 MINI Cooper S. I broke it in as the manual instructs, keeping it below 4,500 rpm for 1,250 miles. After that, it's mixed freeway/city/mountain driving. MINI calls for synthetic oil, changed when the on-board computer instructs (typically 10,000...
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    Castrol Syntec 0W-30, 8,337 miles, Honda Civic del Sol Si

    <blockquote>quote:<hr />Originally posted by Pablo: <strong> Looks like Si was in question in the past? </strong><hr /></blockquote>Yeah. My fiancée used to live on a dirt road. This is no longer the case.
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    Castrol Syntec 0W-30, 8,337 miles, Honda Civic del Sol Si

    Here's my first analysis of German Castrol in my 1994 del Sol Si (D16Z6 SOHC VTEC engine). Before you get too excited about the numbers, you need to understand that the car's usage pattern has changed. I used to autocross and do a lot of mountain driving. Now I have a new place to live and a...
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    Any Oil Filter that will fit my OEM Honda Wrench?

    In my experience, Purolator filters (14459) fit the same wrenches as the traditional Honda filters.
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    Anyone running EBC Greenstuff pads?

    I use Axxis Ultimates and am extremely happy with them on my del Sol. They have much better cold bite than stock pads, and are easy to modulate near the threshold of lockup (I don't have ABS). They bite even better with some heat in them, but I <i>cannot</i> get them that warm, except by...
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    Looking for a good place to rebuild 6 injectors.

    I've heard good things about <a href="" target="_blank">RC Engineering</a> (in my neck of the woods), but haven't needed their services myself.
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    Honda Civic del Sol, Mobil 1 10W-30 SuperSyn, 5,735 miles

    Hi everyone. Here's the latest analysis from my Del Sol using Mobil 1 10W-30 SuperSyn. The latest is on the left. The only <a href=";f=3;t=000679#000000" target="_blank">previous analysis</a> on the SuperSyn was a short...
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    Neutra will it affect my SMOG test?

    Wait, are you saying that it's a car that you just bought, and you're getting it smogged so that you can do the title transfer, etc.? If so, under CA law, it is the <i>seller's</i> responsibility to get it smogged.
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    "SF Quality" oil at Wal-Mart for $0.74 per qt.

    Around here, Chevron Supreme is constantly at $0.69/qt after rebate at Kragen. Not much reason to spend more than that on worse oil. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Roll Eyes]" src="images/icons/rolleyes.gif" />
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    <blockquote>quote:<hr />Originally posted by doyall: <strong> Tin looks excellent! </strong><hr /></blockquote>And the TBN is holding up well. Extend interval to 6,000 km and resample.
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    More pieces to the Synchomesh puzzle

    See <a href="" target="_blank">this discussion</a> on honda-tech. It appears that there are two forms of GM Synchromesh, one with friction modifiers and one without. Your cheaper P/N matches the one given in that thread for the non-FM fluid. I'm...