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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 12-05-2012, 08:16 PM
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Castrol 0W30 oil

Have a 2003 BMW 325i - Automatic with 200,xxxkm, and I just got this car a few weeks ago.
I was wondering if the 0W30 German Castrol was good use for my car. When we had E39, we put that oil in the 530i, which was recommended.
I'm sorry to bring up another oil thread but I couldn't find a specific answer to my question, so I am here, to get your opinions.
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:55 PM
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Should be OK....the German formulation has more shear strength than the "regular" stuff we get down here in the Lower 48. It`s (basically) the same engine as in the E39, so if it worked there....
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:26 PM
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Castrol Syntec 0W-30 (Euro) is LL01 certified.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:29 PM
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Oh ok thanks, I just hope it's not to thin for this mileage in the winter causing, oil burn.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:27 PM
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that's what i've been using for the last few oil changes...
but they have not been on sale any more from autozone since the edge came out

btw, it's listed in the wiki as well
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:40 AM
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Been using it for the past 50K miles without any issues on my ZHP. Ymmv, but from my experience the oil burn is dependent on how hard you drive the car with these E46 when using the GC aka Castrol 0W30 European blend (Made in Germany if you look at the label in the back). Blackstone lab analysis of the GC oil has shown it's as thick as some 10w30 oils such as Mobil 1 (Made in USA) brands.

On our other cars that have used GC, I've never had any issues- WRX, MR2 SC & NA, Honda Odyssey, Lexus ES300, Acura Integra GSR, Toyota Camry.
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Old 12-06-2012, 06:31 AM
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Castrol 0-w30 euro is the only thing I've run in my '03 since new. I'm at 190k this morn with no issues. I also run it in my son's '99 328is with fewer miles but same results. I reccomend it.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:22 AM
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Been using it for the past 50K miles without any issues on my ZHP. Ymmv, but from my experience the oil burn is dependent on how hard you drive the car with these E46 when using the GC aka Castrol 0W30 European blend (Made in Germany if you look at the label in the back). Blackstone lab analysis of the GC oil has shown it's as thick as some 10w30 oils such as Mobil 1 (Made in USA) brands.

On our other cars that have used GC, I've never had any issues- WRX, MR2 SC & NA, Honda Odyssey, Lexus ES300, Acura Integra GSR, Toyota Camry.

What you mean, how hard I drive ? I would think I would be at the mid-range level of hard driving, my brother on the other hand thinks its a rocket ship (22 years old,lol) so I would say he drives hard from time to time, when he gets to drive it.
Thanks guys !
A friend of mine told me to return mine, and get either 5w30 or 5w40, because the ow30 would burn to fast on a 200,000km+ car.
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:15 AM
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What you mean, how hard I drive ? I would think I would be at the mid-range level of hard driving, my brother on the other hand thinks its a rocket ship (22 years old,lol) so I would say he drives hard from time to time, when he gets to drive it.
Thanks guys !
A friend of mine told me to return mine, and get either 5w30 or 5w40, because the ow30 would burn to fast on a 200,000km+ car.
That all depends on how the car was maintained. Mobil 0-40w burns faster for me than castrol 5-30 and I'm at 132k
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:17 AM
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What you mean, how hard I drive ? I would think I would be at the mid-range level of hard driving, my brother on the other hand thinks its a rocket ship (22 years old,lol) so I would say he drives hard from time to time, when he gets to drive it.
Thanks guys !
A friend of mine told me to return mine, and get either 5w30 or 5w40, because the ow30 would burn to fast on a 200,000km+ car.
Hard accelerations every stoplight or sustained track like driving conditions- sustained WOT on every acceleration going to redline and sustaining high RPMs for the whole drive. An average daily drive doesn't sustain the RPMs for prolonged periods above 4K. During track driving, the avg RPM is sustained mostly above 4.5K+ RPMs to stay within the powerband most of the time and this is sustained for 20-30 minute sessions.
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:02 AM
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Check on the castrol site for the right oil for your engine. I have been using castrol in my E39 530i with no probs with 140 tho on the clock
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:05 AM
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I have been using Castrol Euro 0w30 for quite some time now. I live in Florida and Tennessee. We see plenty of hot weather in both places. The car does well on this oil. It is BMW certified, and as I stated, I've not had any issues with consumption or lubrication. The car does not use any oil between changes (7500 mile).
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:19 PM
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Hard accelerations every stoplight or sustained track like driving conditions- sustained WOT on every acceleration going to redline and sustaining high RPMs for the whole drive. An average daily drive doesn't sustain the RPMs for prolonged periods above 4K. During track driving, the avg RPM is sustained mostly above 4.5K+ RPMs to stay within the powerband most of the time and this is sustained for 20-30 minute sessions.
Thanks a lot guys. live and drive in a place, where over population has become a huge concern. A lot of stop and go exist everyday, in my driving. However, I do not drive it like a track car, and maybe at most high rev the engine only from time to time.
What made me buy is the LL-01 certification, and this oil being made in Germany.
So far since we owned it, we have put castrol 5w40 and 5w30.
You guys are the best !!!
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:37 AM
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Should be OK....the German formulation has more shear strength than the "regular" stuff we get down here in the Lower 48. It`s (basically) the same engine as in the E39, so if it worked there....
We get the german stuff here. All the 0w-30 bottles I've seen have said "Made in Germany" on them. I used it exclusively when I had my 330i. IMO it's a great oil

That said, the Castrol 5w-40 was recently updated to be LL-01 certified. I'd be curious to see how that compares
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Old 12-09-2012, 04:32 PM
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I have been using 0w-30 3+ yrs no probs. Did vcg recently, nice and clean.

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Old 12-09-2012, 06:25 PM
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Perhaps a tangent - but readers 'may' be interested in this bimmer oil philosophy thread:
- Religious algorithms specific to BMW motor oil selection (1)
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