BA XR8 documentation typos!! The official answer. A "must read".
Began prepping for the first service, the "peace-of-mind" one before 5000 kms or 4 mths.
Never liked the idea of keeping the run-in oil and filter for 15000 kms, and began looking for a synthetic oil rated SJ / CF4 or better, in the owner's "Service Schedule Guide" as a 15W-40/50 grade.
Although living in a small market, I didn't expect the hassle that would ensue.
My first pick of a Motul ester base struck out, as 6100 15W-40 is not imported here any longer. A search found nothing suitable in Mobil-1 or Castrol-R, but Shell Helix Ultra looked OK.
Booked the service date by phone, checked that they had the "right oil" in stock.
First service day arrives, a debate with reception's view that oil / fliter change were not necessary, then none of the right oil in stock but apprentice will go fetch "right oil" from local stockist.
Further debate with technician as he suggests Castrol 10W-40, coz their BA training manual states 10W-30. Nope I state, that must be a typo... but it is what the later T series used.
Turns out that this is the 1st BA XR8 they have done a change on, and my manual states 15W-40/50, so apprentice will go fetch "right oil" from local stockist. Then no local stock is found!
Technician suggests BP Vanellus 15W-40. Nope I state, that is not synthetic, so forget the oil change for now.
Reception corrects typo in my manual... oil refill capacity is 6.2 litres and not 5.5 litres as printed in my owner's "Service Schedule Guide". Suggested that the typo may be in the New Zealand version of the guide, and maybe not in the Australian version.
Reception promises to order in Shell Helix Ultra 15W-40/50 and phone me.
Toddle off down the road, sadly understanding of the dealership, bemused over the thought that the "Service Schedule Guide" should be subject to recall!... now, does the engine feel more zippy... did they flash the EMS?
Now wondering what engine oil grade and capacity is actually right in all this mess!
Last edited by Reborn; 06-19-03 at 02:01 AM.