Reassurance sought

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I have a 1990 BMW 325 which I recently bought. I changed from whatever nameless dino oil to Amsoil 10w/30. Being obsessive/compulsive about both tires and oil I immediately started to rethink the choice of oil. I emailed Amsoil for reassurance about using a low viscosity oil in a car calling for 20w/50 and received only a link to their 20w/50 product! This despite the website recommendation of 0w/30 and 5w/20 for my car. Now confused and a bit disappointed in Amsoil, I emailed Redline and they recommended I use 10w/40 in my car, 30w oil being to low in viscosity for my application. I must admit I am intrigued by the seemingly fetishistic allure GC has on thid board, but is it right for my older M20 six cylinder engine? Thanks, Ken E.
 
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How many miles do you have on the current oil fill? If the engine doesn't seem rough or make weird noises, or you've already got quite a few miles on the oil, you may want to just run the oil out to 3-5k miles and do a UOA. That should tell you either way.
 
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Ken E. Why not use Castrol 5w40 imported from Belgium. This is what I use in my 328i. From what I see on the Castrol Euro web sites, this oil is Castrol's TXT Softec synthetic oil. It would be perfect for your cars engine. [Cheers!]
 

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I have about 3000 on the Amsoil and the car runs perfectly, no weirdness. I'd like to keep it that way for about 200K more miles! The UOA is a good idea and not something I've ever considered before.
 
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Originally posted by Boaz: have you looked at amsoils european car formula? My buddy runs that in a bi turbo S4 and swears by it!
Boaz! My Man! You must not be feeling well...you know that When I fill my Beemer with precious motor oil There's only one I use if I don't want the stuff to boil I make my choice without a trace of diff-i-cul-tee Because I know that in Bavaria the oil of choice is GC
 
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