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Coolant and oil for 355

Discussion in 'Technical Q&A' started by BigSky355, Mar 28, 2005.

  1. BigSky355

    BigSky355 Karting

    Nov 8, 2004
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    Questions for a 355,
    Does the brand of oil matter as long as it is a synthetic (I will have trouble finding more exotic brands out here so hopefully Castrol or Mobil 1 will suffice. 10/40 wt correct? Also, will any brand of coolant work as long as it is OK for aluminum engines (and I am assuming I simply dilute it according to temperature conditions)?
    Thanks,
    Chris
     
  2. f355spider

    f355spider F1 World Champ
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    Factory spec for the oil is a 5w-40 synthetic...a 0w-40 would be an acceptable substitute, but not a 10w-40. Several of us are using the Mobil 1 0w-40. Not sure on the coolant; if you are not going to use the Shell stuff, I would recommend using the BMW brand which is highly thought of, and reasonably priced.
     
  3. BigSky355

    BigSky355 Karting

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    Dealership and the manual recommend AGIP (sp?) synth 10-40 wt. Is there a mail in source that could ship to me or should I just go through the dealership?
    Chris
     
  4. vincent355

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    They recommend in the manual but the dealership last did my oil change with Shell. you can order oil through the dealership.

    A lot of people seem to use mobil 1 as it's available at most autoparts store.


    There is a great thread on oils if you search. Basically someone took the time to compile a lot of good data on different brands.
     
  5. vincent355

    vincent355 F1 Veteran
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    Big Sky, are you in montana?
     
  6. AEHaas

    AEHaas Formula 3

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    In the 1940's just plain mineral oil was sometimes used. For my '65 T-Bird they wanted an SA rated oil. That does not mean you have to use oils from back then. Use the most current, highest rated oils, they are way way way better in every respect.

    The oil for your 355 in my opinion is a 0W-30 or 0W-40 for hotter running. Mobil 1 is a good choice.

    aehaas
     
  7. BigSky355

    BigSky355 Karting

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    aehaas,
    Been reading some of the recent detailed posts on oil. Appreciate the info, I went to the local auto store last pm and picked up some Mobil 1 0w-40. I think this will work well for me. Used Mobil 1 in the past for my 993 with good results.

    Vincent,
    Hi yes I am in Montana.
    Chris
     
  8. parkerfe

    parkerfe F1 World Champ

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    I use Mobile1 5w50 in my BB512i and BMW coolant.
     
  9. delaney

    delaney Formula Junior

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    I went to pick up some Mobil 1 but could only find 5 - 40 labelled for diesel engines/trucks and SUV's...."ideal for engines that are pushed hard...."

    Is there any formulation difference between this and the 5 - 40 recommended for the 355's?

    Regards,


    Pete
     
  10. fasthound

    fasthound Formula Junior

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    I'm using Mobil 1 0W-30 in my '96 355B and it runs great. Oil pressure is fine. I change it after track weekends.
     
  11. Classiguy3

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    I'm using Castrol 10 W60 for My M3....$10 a quart Dealership ONLY! what a rip off...I'm sure your oil for Ferrari's are cheaper.
     
  12. Rifledriver

    Rifledriver Two Time F1 World Champ

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    Not if you use the magic, only approved product on planet earth. The cost to the dealers from Ferrari (only source in NA) is about what you are paying retail.
     
  13. rjnavion

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    Chris in Montana,

    You may order AGIP oil at www.performatek.com. Price sounds okay and they have a set shipping charge determined by the cost of your order and it is very reasonable.

    Ron
     
  14. f355spider

    f355spider F1 World Champ
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    Nope, I have seen Shell Helix (synthetic 5w-40) quoted as high as $20 per quart at FNA dealers.
     
  15. ncipps

    ncipps Karting

    Jan 24, 2005
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    I service italian cars and for all italian cars they suggest agip. Now agip is available through your dealer or you can agip and find a rep in your area. I use agip as my regular oil and it works great. www.americanagip.com is the website i think.

    Ciao for now

    Nick
     
  16. Rifledriver

    Rifledriver Two Time F1 World Champ

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    Nope
     
  17. TTG

    TTG Formula 3

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    I have a 99 Serie Fiorano Spider and the manual says to use Shell Helix Ultra SAE 5W-40
     

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