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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-05-2017, 22:40 Thread Starter
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My new motor

Picked up today a 1999 623 gsi auto in nightfire red. Really pleased with it. Always wanted another 600 after selling a 620 sli 10 years ago and regretted it.
There are a couple of things that do need sorting. One is giving her a service and timing belt change as there is no evidence of the latter being done since the 60000 mile service in 2006. She is now on 77700 miles.
Is there a timing belt brand I should use or avoid?
Best oil for the 2.3 engine? Read somewhere that it is sensitive to oil and using the wrong stuff will result in a cracked cylinder head.
What is the best oil for the auto gearbox?


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Re engine oil, a friend of mine is a PhD in chemistry and works for one of the biggest oil companies in the world. When I asked him about which is the best engine oil, his reply was "Whichever big-name brand is on special offer". That said, I've heard a number of people say there are some pluses to staying with the same engine oil, but I guess you will not know what it's used previoulsy? With the manual box on the 2 litre engine, that really does work best with the specified Honda transmission fluid.

I wonder how any decent brand of oil, of the right viscosity rating, could crack a head? I know that there are issues with coolant solutions and aluminium heads because of the different corrosion inhibitors which are in use by different companies and so I always buy Honda coolant.

Re the belt, I guess you could go see Mr Honda, asking for the belt that fits the equivalent Accord, but that would be expensive. How about Blueprint?


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Tbh I've fitted a few big brand belts and not had problems as they are tough old things. Gates is a good make though. Btw, enjoy your new 600

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