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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 12-17-2010, 11:39 AM
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Best gas for e39?

premium, plus or regular or is there a difference?
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Old 12-17-2010, 11:40 AM
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Old 12-17-2010, 11:42 AM
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Old 12-17-2010, 11:42 AM
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I always put the highest octane in...usually that means low 90s.
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Old 12-17-2010, 11:43 AM
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You must use gasoline made in Germany approved by BMW.
American gas is no good.
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Old 12-17-2010, 11:44 AM
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I have only put shell 93 since I have owned mine which isnt very long. But as you read in the other forum I am idling rough lol.
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Old 12-17-2010, 11:56 AM
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You must use gasoline made in Germany approved by BMW.
American gas is no good.

Isn't German gas the result of eating too much sauerkraut and drinking too many Heineken's?
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isn't german gas the result of eating too much sauerkraut and drinking to many heineken's?
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Old 12-17-2010, 12:06 PM
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For me, the e39 is the ... best balance of luxury ... performance ... good looks and class. Sort of the Catherine Deneuve of cars, if you get my drift.
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Old 12-17-2010, 12:27 PM
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For a 530i, I would suggest Mid or Premium grade at a minimum from any of the following retailers as regular grade will retard your timing and decrease performance.
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Old 12-17-2010, 01:44 PM
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isint 89 minimum? Thats what i've been using for months now
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Old 12-17-2010, 02:18 PM
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highest grade possible - could just be a gut feeling but I actually get better MPG's. When I've had to use low or mid, my MPG's do take a hit.
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Old 12-17-2010, 02:23 PM
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For a 530i, I would suggest Mid or Premium grade at a minimum from any of the following retailers as regular grade will retard your timing and decrease performance.
I will actually redo this nice list of yours, print it, laminate it, and keep it in the glove box. You never know where you can drive one of these days........
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Old 12-17-2010, 02:28 PM
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Do an internet search for "non-oxy premium" and see who sells it in your area.
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Old 12-17-2010, 02:29 PM
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isint 89 minimum? Thats what i've been using for months now
The inside of my fuel door says 91 minimum.
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Old 12-17-2010, 02:32 PM
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I will actually redo this nice list of yours, print it, laminate it, and keep it in the glove box. You never know where you can drive one of these days........
Yes, it appears they update it as retailers meet the requirements. Mobil was NOT on there for the longest time and only appeared in the first half of this year.
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Old 12-17-2010, 02:57 PM
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You must use gasoline made in Germany approved by BMW.
American gas is no good.
Just like the oil you must use!
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Old 12-17-2010, 03:09 PM
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Just like the oil you must use!
Actually, I think only the oil pulled from the ground IN Germany is permitted.
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Old 12-17-2010, 05:56 PM
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What kind of gas does Sam's Club sell? That is where I get mine (premium), but never considered where it came from.

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Old 12-17-2010, 06:19 PM
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im not sure but how much is gas at the sams club now?
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Old 12-17-2010, 11:21 PM
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I'm with cn90. If BMW doesn't approve it, and if it isn't shipped directly from Germany, it's not going in my BMW!

Besides, we get much better California emissions on the lower octane rated stuff anyway!
- Octane emissions smog test results

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Old 12-18-2010, 04:03 AM
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I have found Sam's gas to typically be 7-8 cents less than Shell, Mobil or the like.

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Old 12-18-2010, 05:45 AM
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I have been using premium since late may, full tank last a week dunno if there's a better grade didn't try

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Old 12-18-2010, 11:09 AM
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I have found Sam's gas to typically be 7-8 cents less than Shell, Mobil or the like.

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There's a reason for that.

It's either tier one fuel or it's watered-down junk.
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Old 12-18-2010, 02:45 PM
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I have found Sam's gas to typically be 7-8 cents less than Shell, Mobil or the like.

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My buddy works at Sam's club... you be better off with citgo's gas station
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