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Old 08-21-2015, 10:13 AM
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Helpful notes for european GMT360 owners

Here's an idea. Let's use this thread to share helpful Europe-specific knowledge about the GMT360 vehicles. Working fluid replacements, parts, sources, etc.

I'll try to kick this off with a few notes.
  • Oil - here in CZ the only oil that explicitly supports the GM 6094M spec is Petro-Canada Supreme Synthetic 5W-30. It's not particularly expensive (I currently have it in my car) but there is a much cheaper option: GM superceded the 6094M spec with the dexos1 & dexos2 specs. In the US the dexos2 spec is said to only support diesel vehicles but in Europe it is prescribed for both diesel and gas vehicles and dexos1 isn't being sold here (AFAIK). Therefore I believe that you can use the Genuine GM dexos2 5W-30 in your trailvoy and save a few bucks, crowns, euros, whatever... I plan to do that on my next change.

  • Oil filter - I'm going with K&N HP-2006 / PS-2006 because that's the most easily obtainable filter for these vehicles here. Cheaper filters not officially sold here would actually cost me more in the end, I believe.
  • Coolant - can't find DEX-COOL? Don't worry, you can (stupid marketing names... ). Here it is being sold under a different spec name: GM 6277M (for Opels, Vauxhals etc)
  • Spark plugs - I'll go with DENSO Iridium ITV16. Easily available here, compatible AFAIK.
  • AWD transfer case - the official ACDelco Auto Trak II is available here from US-cars-oriented shops but just in case you can't find it, maybe you can find BG 792 SYNCRO SHIFT II, which has the Auto Trak II spec.
  • Rear LSD - this one is still a bit of a question for me: I've bought Divinol 75W-90 1L GL5 EXTRA LS and from what I've researched it SHOULD be usable WITHOUT adding a LS additive, since it already has those additives. However I haven't changed the fluid yet and I may buy the additive just for sure. There is someone here on this forum who used a Valvoline oil that also said "LS" and it didn't work well. The Divinol company website lists this fluid as compatible with the Saab 9-7X rear diff though.
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Old 09-17-2016, 03:40 PM
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Thanks for the post, krajane
Any tips on specific shops in the CZ or Europe in general to get parts from? Or is getting stuff shipped from the US still the best and cheapest choice?
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Old 09-17-2016, 03:58 PM
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I get most of my parts from eBay. It's not exactly cheap but their International Shipping Program is very cool and hassle-free. You don't need to struggle with VAT, customs and stuff. And getting money back for defective parts works too. I also got some of the more universal parts from Impexta Ostrava, autoteimer.cz (trans filter & gasket, belts) and http://www.oleje-pema.cz (oils, K&N oil filters).
Haven't yet tried Rockauto because their shipping rates are crazy expensive and I'd have to take care of customs & VAT myself.

Oh and btw, check out g m t n a t i o n . c o m, I have an updated version of this post over there.
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