New car to me, BMW E46 325i - Shell Ultra 5w-40 ?

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New car to me Looking to use Shell Ultra 5w-40 BMW 2002 E46 325i – M54 engine – 209000 kms. Owned by BM indy mech so oil changes done regularly – Castrol I think 15-40 iirc. I do my own maint, oil changes etc. No oil smoke or major leaks. Appears to use a very slight amount of oil, although I don’t have any consumption figures yet. I live in Adelaide where its currently currently 9c - 16c. We’ll be coming out of winter by the time my o&f change is due in a month or two, so will be say 16 – 25 in spring Summer 30-44c days, city driving, fairly short trips. Previously had a BMW E36 94 318i and posted regarding Shell Ultra 5w-40. I've read the 101 & posters comments on this oil in h/perf cars etc. Shell Ultra 5w-40 is used in my missus VW Golf. Good oil and I like it, plus its bmw LL-01 approved. Its currently on half price special here, so I was gonna stock up on it for the VW Golf & also looking to use it in my new e46. What do you guys think re this 5w-40 oil in the e46, not too thin on start up (I think the previous owner just ran it on regular 15w-40 that the workshop uses) ? Thanks
 
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How could an oil be too thin at start up? Thats when it will be its thickest....This makes no sense to me?
 
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Originally Posted By: mcrn
How could an oil be too thin at start up? Thats when it will be its thickest....This makes no sense to me?
Yeah, it's a common misconception. People see a smaller number in the front, and they assume it's thinner.
 

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Thanks guys. Yep, I use it as my regular oil in the golf & it was great in the old bm, so thanks to your replies, it'll be going in my new (to me) car. TESTOPROP - Repco has it on special from the 31/7 till the 10th/8. I'll be buying up, as its cheap smile
 
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