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Engine Oil For TwinAir.

The Antarctica will need a top up soon.

How important is it to buy the recommended brand that Fiat recommend?

Clearly I would not alter the grade of oil recommended.
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Re: Engine Oil For TwinAir.

So long as the oil really conforms to the spec - and it is rather a weird one - the brand's immaterial. On the other hand, saving a few pounds rather than being certain of what you're buying is a false economy.

By the way, so my first Antartica here in Italy the other day - sorry, think it's a mess.
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Re: Engine Oil For TwinAir.

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So long as the oil really conforms to the spec - and it is rather a weird one - the brand's immaterial. On the other hand, saving a few pounds rather than being certain of what you're buying is a false economy.

By the way, so my first Antartica here in Italy the other day - sorry, think it's a mess.
That's a little harsh. They asked about oil, not what you thought of their choice of car. Sorry, I think you're out of order

Kudos for the oil info though.
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Re: Engine Oil For TwinAir.

I don't mind what other people think of the Antarctica.

Here's a shot I took of it this evening together with a shot taken of where I was;




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is it disguised as a sheep?
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Re: Engine Oil For TwinAir.

I'd go with Selenia K Pure Energy (if it's the same as the 500 TwinAir, which i'm 99.9% sure it is). Some of the 4 cylinder MultiAir engine's have had MultiAir unit failure's because of oil not being changed soon enough or the wrong spec being used.

My Sister had a UniAir control failure in her MiTo TwinAir 85bhp too, which I believe is essentially a TwinAir version of the MultiAir unit, if that makes sence!?

Not heard it happen on any other TwinAir's, but Selenia's barely any more expensive from what I can tell, so I'd just go with that to give the engine the best chance.

In regards to the Antartica comments above, it's essentially a white 4x4 with a few add ons & a Penquin sticker on the door, so I dunno what there is to dislike tbh, it's hardly a controversial design.
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That's a little harsh. They asked about oil, not what you thought of their choice of car. Sorry, I think you're out of order

Kudos for the oil info though.
I think you're being over-sensitive on someone else's behalf.

How much oil is the TA using? I've done nearly 9000 miles since an early precautionary oil change and have added less than a litre.
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Re: Engine Oil For TwinAir.

I've just got some oil.

The level was just above minimum and a small amount, maybe 100ml, took it up to around 2/3rds mark.
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Re: Engine Oil For TwinAir.

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I've just got some oil.

The level was just above minimum and a small amount, maybe 100ml, took it up to around 2/3rds mark.
as a matter of interest, what grade oil are you using? 0W?
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as a matter of interest, what grade oil are you using? 0W?
I used the one recommended in the handbook which was fully synthetic 5W-40.
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I used the one recommended in the handbook which was fully synthetic 5W-40.

Ok thanks, I've a bit of confusion with my 500 TA as I'm not sure if it's euro 5 or 6! It was built last week in dec 13, the handbook says 0w the fiat website states 5w when I enter my vin so very confusing. The upshot is I'm not even sure what's in the engine now!
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Re: Engine Oil For TwinAir.

Our three year old 500 TA takes 5W-40 as well according to its manual.
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Quote Originally Posted by Mercky View Post
Ok thanks, I've a bit of confusion with my 500 TA as I'm not sure if it's euro 5 or 6! It was built last week in dec 13, the handbook says 0w the fiat website states 5w when I enter my vin so very confusing. The upshot is I'm not even sure what's in the engine now!
Have a read of my take on this here. Back then I said

"I'll make one prediction, though; now the TA fleet of otherwise identical cars have different recommended oil specs depending on the date of manufacture, there are going to be a lot of cars which are serviced using the 'wrong' grade of oil."

Hmmm.
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Have a read of my take on this here. Back then I said

"I'll make one prediction, though; now the TA fleet of otherwise identical cars have different recommended oil specs depending on the date of manufacture, there are going to be a lot of cars which are serviced using the 'wrong' grade of oil."

Hmmm.

Hmmm indeed! I wonder which is worse, putting 0W in an engine speced for 4W or vice versa? My gut tells me to use 4W as that's what the engine was originally designed to use.
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Re: Engine Oil For TwinAir.

So Fiat have come back to me via email and confirmed, wait for it, that my car is Euro 6 and the correct oil is 5W 40!!!
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