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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 01-25-2013, 06:19 AM
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Hi Guys,

I live in northern Virginia, what do you think is the best engine oil for my 2000 bmw 528i with 78k miles on it, especially this time of year.
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:45 AM
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Synthetic but do a search for more info. A topic with many threads.
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:06 AM
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:17 AM
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Originally Posted by ERB528i View Post
what do you think is the best engine oil
Been asked ten thousand ... no ... wait ... twenty thousand times already.

The oil YOU choose depends on YOUR PERSONALITY (not on the vehicle or brand).

WARNING: While it may sound rude of me below, I'm really trying to help you - but you asked a question that has been beaten to death, and then some - so - you're not likely to get the answer YOU want ... or deserve because we're all jaded by this question. < / Warning >

I only know you by what you write (we are all what we write), so I'm going to assume, from the question, and the lack of search skills, that you possibly gullible and potentially illogical and maybe you have a tendency to follow the pack and don't want to think all that much on your own (else why ask?)... therefore the ONLY oil YOU should ever use are those on the BMW Long-Life 2001 list.

For 'that' current list of "BMW-approved" long-life 2001 rated motor oils, please see this thread:
- What is the definitive list of BMW-approved motor oils (1)

If you were a free spirit, throwing caution to the wind and thinking about what your engine needs, then the answer to your question lies here:
- How to choose the right motor oil for your E39 (by quality, cold-start, warm viscosity, slipperiness, and cost)

And, if you want to know more about why I say all this, see this thought-provoking thread which sums up the three types of people:
- Team discussion about the religion of BMW motor oil Petrolism (1)

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Please read the suggested threads and add value, either by pictures or by descriptions, so the next person stands on your shoulders.
See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need

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Old 01-25-2013, 09:45 AM
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Hear, hear! This nag has been flogged to death.

Ed in San Jose '97 540i 6 speed aspensilber over aubergine leather. Build date 3/97. Golden Gate Chapter BMW CCA Nr 62319.
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