Originally Posted by Tenk
I'm almost more confused after reading this thread than before it. Quite simply, my alfa is pretty new to me, I don't know what it has in it right now, I know the oil was changed 1500 miles ago but I would rather know what is in it than not.
Its an 156 2.0 T-Spark, 2001 model, manual trans, its got 21k miles on it
I do an average speed of about 8mph (well I live in london)
The car runs at around 85-105 C which is somewhat dependent on the size of the traffic jam and whether it is 35C outside like it was last week
Usually my journeys last about 30 mins.
When I get an open road I like to rev the car hard.
My current fuel consumption is higher than I would like (this is important to me if oil can make a significant difference)
Can somebody tell me which brand, type of oil i should get my garage to put in, and if the suggested oil requires any different kind of oil filter putting on.
I don't care if the oil costs a lot I only intend to change it once per year which is about 6k miles to me.
Here you go,
Lubricant report for:
Alfa Romeo, 156, 156 2.0 T.Spark, Selespeed, (AR 32301),1997-2001
Manufacturer: Alfa - Lancia Industriale S.p.A., Arese - Milano, Italy
Drive type: f.w.d.
Cilinder capacity: 1970 cc
Power output: 155 HP/114 kW at 6400 rpm
Engine, petrol, 4-stroke, water cooled, 4 valves/cyl.
Capacity 4.40 liter
Check every 500 km
Change every 20000 km or 12 months
Year-round ACEA A3-98 SAE 10W-40
Year-round ACEA A1-98 SAE 5W-30
Year-round ACEA A3-98 SAE 10W-60
You can use any one of these grades, the best comprimise between fuel consuption and top end protection when hot would be the 10w-40 fully synthetic.
There are many on the market to choose from. Make sure it meets the ACEA specs listed above.
Hope this helps.