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Old 10-14-2015, 06:59 PM
realtordc realtordc is offline
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Is there any difference? Black vs. Gold Jug Syntec?

Recently at Wal-Mart I went to pick up some oil, the usual Black 5 Qt jug of Castrol Syntec 5w30 full sythetic. Wal-Mart has pretty good prices on it normally about $25 sometimes as low as $23 on special.

However, this time there was a new Gold jug labeled "Advanced" Syntec sitting right beside it for about $2 or $3 more. I thought, same product, split-marketing test? How will we ever really know? Anyways, I bought the Gold jug so if its the same stuff they got me. What do you think?
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Old 10-15-2015, 07:03 AM
marcozandrini marcozandrini is offline
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Do they both have the "BMW LL-01" logo on them? Buy the one with the logo!
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Old 10-15-2015, 08:10 AM
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If you change your oil every 5000-7500 miles then ignore the LL-01 logo. Just buy a good quality oil in the right viscosity for your location/driving conditions.

LL-01 is only required for long oil change (i.e. 15,000 miles) intervals.
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