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Old 02-03-2009, 06:46 PM
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X5 oil change interval and oil brands

I know this subject has probably been discussed adnausium. I did a search and I only found part of my answer on X5world.com.

The change interval is listed as 15,000 miles, Isn't anyone concerned about contaminents and decreased filter efficiency? Considering the cost of oil at around $7 a qt and a filter kit at $10. $66 for the whole job...if I DIY. Am I crazy thinking that this is cheap insurance to change my X5 3.0 oil every 7500 to 8,000 miles?

Secondly Bmw 5w-30 seems reasonably priced, how has Mobil-1 performed... Castrol has a new Synthetic, Edge, that claims to be 8 times more lubrious (how's that for a made up word) than Mobil 1.

What do you all think of using other synthetic brands and shortening the interval? (I change all my other 3 cars at 5,000 miles) I have used Mobil 1 in the past and I like it.

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Old 02-03-2009, 07:24 PM
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Here's an EXCELENT article.

http://www.x5world.com/articles/x5/m...ion-101-a.html
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Old 02-03-2009, 08:03 PM
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every 7500 miles with BMW (castrol) oil. it should run forever. locally the dealer sells oil cheaper than wally world.
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Old 02-04-2009, 06:27 PM
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I agree that it should be done every 7500 miles or so if you want to keep your car over 100k miles. I don't believe that there is any magic in the oil BMW sells. Any top-quality synthetic will do the job. When I am out of warranty, I will change oil brands and move to a heavier oil, too. Perhaps there will be some small drop in mpg, but I believe that the motor will have more protection, especially during high-temp summer tows.
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Old 02-12-2009, 07:52 PM
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Call me old school. I change my oil on all my cars every 5,000 miles. Cheap insurance, as you called it. I do not believe in the 15,000 mile interval. And neither in the Lifetime fluids for transmission and differentials. For BMW, Lifetime is equivalent to 50,000 miles (warranty period). After that, you're on your own.

I only use Mobil 1. For the X5 (2006 4.8is with 60,000 miles) I've been using 5w-30 in the summer, and 0w-40 in the winter.
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Old 02-17-2011, 05:31 PM
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Call me old school. I change my oil on all my cars every 5,000 miles. Cheap insurance, as you called it. I do not believe in the 15,000 mile interval. And neither in the Lifetime fluids for transmission and differentials. For BMW, Lifetime is equivalent to 50,000 miles (warranty period). After that, you're on your own.

I only use Mobil 1. For the X5 (2006 4.8is with 60,000 miles) I've been using 5w-30 in the summer, and 0w-40 in the winter.
so their lifetime fluid is a lie.i noticed that it is slighty harder to turn my steering however i like the feel of it.is that bad and does this come from bad power steering fluid?i was also wondering the signifcance of changing oils every summer and winter.
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i don't claim to be an oil expert but unless you live in an area of New York where the temperatures vary as much as 125F between seasons i would think you could use the same motor oil all year. change it every 7500 miles and you should be fine.

how many miles have you got on that PS fluid?
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Old 02-18-2011, 02:29 AM
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i cant say i know.ive got the car from a relative and only put 200miles or so on it ever since.i cant find any records for it either.i was thinking about changing all the fluids but i read some posts about the transmission failing shorty after you change the fluid and again i like the steering.as for the oil im going to change it most likely this weekend and run some tests to answer some of my questions too
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Old 02-18-2011, 06:33 AM
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i cant say i know.ive got the car from a relative and only put 200miles or so on it ever since.i cant find any records for it either.i was thinking about changing all the fluids but i read some posts about the transmission failing shorty after you change the fluid and again i like the steering.as for the oil im going to change it most likely this weekend and run some tests to answer some of my questions too
Oil change, no mistery, use the one in user manual for brand/weight. I stick with 6month/7500 miles and been using either Mobil-1 0-40 or BMW oil. Just replaced valve-cover gasket and oil separator, no sludge, no oil baked on film on the valve cover and cam lobes look like new etc. So it's proven

Trans fluid flush, jury is out on this so do it at your own risk if yours is > 100kmiles. BUT if you change the filter and use the correct fuild and not under fill or over fill, my logic says how can it hurt the trans. The problem on this modern trans, you need to run the engine, monitor the temp while filling the fluid so if you don;t the trans will be underfilled.

PS fluid, again there is some metal shaving(OK very super fine shaving that can speed up more wear) so again if you use the correct fluid I am not going to worry about it.

Don't assume which fluid is right for your car, call BMW dealer part dept and buy from them if you can. YOU ARE NOT RICH ENOUGH TO BUY CHEAP STUFF.
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Old 03-01-2011, 12:48 PM
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I change the oil every 5,000 - 7,000 miles and use Mobil One 5w30. I don't feel comfortable going 15K between changes since I own the car and plan on holding on to it for some time. I follow the same regiment for my Vette as well also with the same oil, as said by another poster it is cheap insurance and the best thing you can do for your engine.
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Old 03-05-2011, 10:14 PM
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So 5w40 or 5w30?
I mean people say thar five thurty is enough, but what's the sifference between thesw two grades?
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Old 11-02-2011, 09:10 PM
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Call me old school. I change my oil on all my cars every 5,000 miles. Cheap insurance, as you called it. I do not believe in the 15,000 mile interval. And neither in the Lifetime fluids for transmission and differentials. For BMW, Lifetime is equivalent to 50,000 miles (warranty period). After that, you're on your own.

I only use Mobil 1. For the X5 (2006 4.8is with 60,000 miles) I've been using 5w-30 in the summer, and 0w-40 in the winter.
I actually live in New York where the temp goes from 20 to 75 in a week. And I am wondering if I should put in the Ox-40.

What is the difference and what brand do you use?

Thanks!
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I agree with more frequent oil changes.
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The temp. where you live. affects the viscosity of the oil.
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The temp. where you live. affects the viscosity of the oil.
Not multi-grade oil, recommended since Rickover and I took the sun first critical.
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Not multi-grade oil, recommended since Rickover and I took the sun first critical.
That'd be funnier if naval reactors were fusion reactors, but they aren't.
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I just ordered the ECS kit and will be doing it every 7500 miles each time with the kit nice & simple.
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Old 09-06-2016, 03:32 AM
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In my opinion, change interval should depend not only on miles (and smiles ), but also on how many hours the engine was working. In my case, 80% I drive in the city with very overloaded traffic and for this reason, I change oil every 8,000-9,000 km. I use LIQUI MOLY 5W-40 Leichthauf high-tech and I am very happy with it.

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Old 09-07-2016, 04:19 AM
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I use fully synthetic Valvoline 5W40 for temp range lows of 35F to maximums of115F. Went a full 12 months without changing once in the past 5 years it got a bit dark and dirty, however at 162,000kms / 100,000 miles the X5 3.0i still uses little oil. I am retired and so not doing lots of miles anymore. Change it mostly around 6 - 9 months and 8-10,000kms / 5-6000 miles and it costs around $Au80 which is small change compared to the cost of fuel here over 9 months.
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