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Old 01-08-2009, 04:02 PM
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What kind of oil does BMW use?

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Old 01-08-2009, 04:07 PM
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5W-30 Mobil 1 Synthetic is what BMW puts in them.

Any 5W-30 synthetic is fine though. I recommend Castrol Syntec or Royal Purple, besides Mobil 1
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Old 01-08-2009, 04:33 PM
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The dealer suggested to change the oil once per year. How do you feel about that?
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Old 01-08-2009, 04:39 PM
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The dealer suggested to change the oil once per year. How do you feel about that?
Depend how hard you drive and how many miles you drive per year...
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Old 01-08-2009, 04:41 PM
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Old 01-08-2009, 07:37 PM
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Old 01-09-2009, 07:43 AM
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OEM oil is Castrol Syntec 5w-30
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Old 01-09-2009, 08:38 AM
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Just changed oil and per other thread, there is a Syntec that is 0w30 labeled "European Formula" that on the back is approved by BMW as LL01 (Long-Life). The standard Syntec 5W30, does not have that endorsement on the back. They are the same price and can both be found at AutoZone. I had also read somewhere that Mobil 1 can evaporate??? Don't know if true or not, but really no difference in the price and might as well buy the one that has the BMW A-OK.
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Old 01-09-2009, 12:34 PM
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I had also read somewhere that Mobil 1 can evaporate??? Don't know if true or not, .
Water evaporates, not oil. Any idea where you read it? I would like to take a look at it.
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Old 01-09-2009, 01:07 PM
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millers racing oil , 5w30 full synthetic
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The dealer suggested to change the oil once per year. How do you feel about that?
That's because BMW of NA only allows one oil change per year under the maintenance contract.

Before BMW had the maintenance contract, they recommended an oil change every 6k miles or 3 months.

That's the guideline i follow.
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Old 01-09-2009, 01:25 PM
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hey ! if your doing the miles to warrant a change that regular great !! but for myself , the 5k a year i do surely cant require more that one change a year considering the quality of the oil used !
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That's because BMW of NA only allows one oil change per year under the maintenance contract.

Before BMW had the maintenance contract, they recommended an oil change every 6k miles or 3 months.

That's the guideline i follow.
Actually, they changed the spec before they statrted the "maintenance included," when they started using synthetic oil, as in my 1999 528.
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Old 01-09-2009, 02:43 PM
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I usually change my own oil and am not comfortable waiting an entire year for BMW to do it.

So, I just ordered a couple of filters. I think the oil capacity for my 2008 is 8.5 quarts. I plan to use the German Castrol 0W30 European Formula.

Twice a year should be about right for my driving habits.
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Old 01-09-2009, 02:53 PM
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Actually, they changed the spec before they statrted the "maintenance included," when they started using synthetic oil, as in my 1999 528.
They started maintenance back in the early 90's or late 80's.
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My oil change is due in two months. I want to have a outside shop perform the job and I have a couple of questions. 1. What is the best place to get the oil from, and how much of it? Should I also get a filter? 2. Can any shop that does oil changes perform this task?
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5W-30 Mobil 1 Synthetic is what BMW puts in them.

Any 5W-30 synthetic is fine though. I recommend Castrol Syntec or Royal Purple, besides Mobil 1
is that same oil for every beemer engine?
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is that same oil for every beemer engine?
I think so.
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Old 01-12-2009, 07:29 AM
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They use castrol syntec its stamped right on the filler cap of my X5, I havent checked the 7 to see if it is stamped there as well. This is allot of talk about oil, use 5w30 and do some research on oil, I personnaly would stay away from mobil 1 but thats me. I was going to start using Royal Purple as I use it in my SRT10 ram but decided to stay with Castrol Syntec. The best oil you can get I feel is Redline or AMSOIL but they are both not sold in most places so unless you order allot you could be in a jam and end up mixing oils between changes.
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Old 01-17-2009, 12:58 AM
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Since it gets cold from time to time here in Toronto, I have used Castrol Full Synthetic 5w-40. I have no doubts 5w-30 will work fine in Florida.
I change it once a year, my yearly mileage is around 20K; I can foresee some indignant postings, but it is full Synthetic and it is what it's been designed for. Changing oil once every 3 month is valid for Mineral Oil.
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Old 01-20-2009, 05:48 PM
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Hi folks,
My knowledge and opinion have changed since my last post (above).
I have read tons of posting on this and other forums trying to determine which oil is better for my bimmers. It was not for nothing, for I have found out Castrol 5w-40 I have been using until now is not the right choice.
I trust BMW engineers and I think the attached piece of their advise may be helpful to all who are hesitant which oil to choose. I don't see why not to take it and use BMW High Performance 5w-30, which you can simply buy from the dealer and change your oil DIY.
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What beats me though: Castrol site in the US and Canada recommends bmw 5w-30 from the dealer, while European Castrol sites (I checked UK', Netherlands' and Deutschland') recommend Castrol Edge 0w-30 or as second choice Castrol Edge 0w-40.
Does it simply mean that Edge 0w-30 is a newer technology which hasn't made its way to Norht America so far?
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The last time I checked they used BMW branded Castrol Synthetic. I believe the frequency of the oil changes was extended when they went to synthetic. This was in the late 90's early 00's I believe. My 1993 740 shipped with regular oil and I requested synthetic when I hit 100k. I took delivery on my current ride in December of 2007 and I have only had one oil change at 5k miles per the idrive. I am at 18k now and it says another 6k or 6 months before they will do another. I'm not worried.
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Old 01-21-2009, 12:50 PM
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if your using full synthetic it should last plenty long enough for most usages !! i wont be changing mine till its done 10k on this change !!
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I use full synthetic and still change mine every 5k but i own my car, if i didn't once a year would be fine with me LOL
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Old 01-23-2009, 11:24 AM
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every 5k is excessive but the 7 will love you for it all the same !!!
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