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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 11-13-2015, 12:12 PM
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Castrol 0w-40. Anyone use it??

So I was at Walmart a couple of nights ago picking up some oil for my car and my wife's Mercedes truck. It's oil change time on those 2 vehicles!! I put my usual 3 jugs of Mobil 1 0w-40 in the cart. Then I noticed Castrol had an oil in 0w-40 as well. So I decided to try that for the oil changes this time!!! And I'm kinda glad I did!! The 1st thing I noticed was when I spilled a little bit of oil on the funnel it didn't run down like Mobil 1. Almost watery like!! It beaded up and kinda rolled down the funnel. Kinda like the rain-x effect when water hits your windshield. So after I got done with the oil changes I started both vehicles and noticed they were quieter and smoother. I drove them around my neighborhood and each vehicle a bit better. So far I'm really liking it and if the results stay like this then goodbye Mobil 1. Still gots change the oil in my Chevy Avalanche and now I'm kinda anxious to do it. Even though it's not quite time yet. Has anyone tried this Castrol oil??? If so what are your results??
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Old 11-13-2015, 12:18 PM
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So I was at Walmart a couple of nights ago picking up some oil for my car and my wife's Mercedes truck. It's oil change time on those 2 vehicles!! I put my usual 3 jugs of Mobil 1 0w-40 in the cart. Then I noticed Castrol had an oil in 0w-40 as well. So I decided to try that for the oil changes this time!!! And I'm kinda glad I did!! The 1st thing I noticed was when I spilled a little bit of oil on the funnel it didn't run down like Mobil 1. Almost watery like!! It beaded up and kinda rolled down the funnel. Kinda like the rain-x effect when water hits your windshield. So after I got done with the oil changes I started both vehicles and noticed they were quieter and smoother. I drove them around my neighborhood and each vehicle a bit better. So far I'm really liking it and if the results stay like this then goodbye Mobil 1. Still gots change the oil in my Chevy Avalanche and now I'm kinda anxious to do it. Even though it's not quite time yet. Has anyone tried this Castrol oil??? If so what are your results??

I've used Castrol 0W-40 European formula with good results. From what I've read, the Mobil 1 0W-40 is known to shear down in viscosity earlier than it should, but people still do fine with that oil.
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Old 11-13-2015, 01:24 PM
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I'm wondering if that has anything to do with that whole "Magnatech" thing the way you observed it in the funnel. I was going to use it next time as well.
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Old 11-13-2015, 01:26 PM
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I use it too. Its BMW LL approved.

Switched from mobil1 to the Castrol Edge (made in germany) a while back.
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Old 11-13-2015, 01:36 PM
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I was going to switch both my cars to Castrol Edge on their next oil changes. To see if there is any difference.
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Old 11-13-2015, 02:57 PM
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Have had problems with Mobil 1 in the past. IMO, 0-40 Castrol is the best I have found.

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Old 11-13-2015, 03:23 PM
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I've been using Castrol Edge since last year. My supercharger loves it.
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Old 11-13-2015, 04:35 PM
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Castrol makes good stuff. Mobil 1 0W40 is garbage, made my vw and BMW engines noisy, switched to Mobil Super 5000 for the cars now though.
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Old 11-13-2015, 08:23 PM
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So i took my car for a spin today to the grocery store and it definitely sounds quieter and the engine feels smoother. i've been using mobil 1 for years in everything and i might be done with them. castrol definitely seems less watery and more like oil! my wifes truck felt like a different truck when we drove it!! lets see how it stands up over time. but so far so good!!
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Old 11-13-2015, 09:00 PM
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i might do the same.. and switch

but what is the price difference?

also I wish I haven't followed the band wagon and used moble 1 with all those threads out there, now this.
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Old 11-13-2015, 10:09 PM
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The castrol was cheaper by about $4 a jug at Walmart than Mobil 1
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Old 11-14-2015, 01:48 AM
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castrol, moble one... anything fully synthentic really
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Old 11-14-2015, 10:38 AM
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Have had problems with Mobil 1 in the past. IMO, 0-40 Castrol is the best I have found.

Jim
Can you expand on this?
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Old 08-25-2016, 05:08 AM
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I use Castrol 0-30 in my 2002 BMW 525i and the car is indeed quieter. It is amazing stuff. In my 1997 Suzuki Baleno GLX manual tranny I use 10-30 and that is also amazing stuff. I was thinking of using the same oil all around however, some mechanics swear that with an older vehicle it is preferred to use oils with a "larger molecular structure". Many of them are of the opinion that these newer synthetics bypass seals faster as opposed to the latter. Personally, I think these synthetics (especially Castrol that I have been using for all the vehicles I have owned) have performed so much better and perhaps have led to my vehicles' great performance over the years. In the Caribbean, the warm climate and heavy driving one needs all the engine protection one can get.
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Old 08-25-2016, 09:21 AM
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Can you expand on this?
Sorry for the late reply GT, didn't see the post. I had a v-max built by a race shop and they use a lot of bearing clearance in new engines. Using Mobil 1 immediately caused a rod knock. Switching to Castrol immediately took the rod knock away, never to be heard again.

I for one don't think Mobil 1 is all it's cracked up to be, too thin IMO.

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Old 08-25-2016, 11:09 AM
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This recent thread has some great read on oils.

M1 is no longer BMW certified and the list of those which are is heavily populated by Castrol variants.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=925789

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Old 08-25-2016, 11:33 AM
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...and BMW changed their oil recommendation "brand" again (I think it was back in June/2015). It used to be Mobil 1, then Castrol, now Shell/Pennzoil.

Just for grins & giggles...I looked up my two BMWs on Shell's "find the right oil" website link to see what the new BMW recommendation was: http://www.shell.com/motorist/find-the-right-oil.html



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Old 08-25-2016, 02:07 PM
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Oh man...here's the usual oil question. Anyway, I used Castrol 0-40w. I switch to..LiquiMoly 0-40w. I buy bulk of these and comes slightly cheaper than Castrol. They tend to be a neck to neck result for me. I like LiquiMoly because I use them on my Beemer bikes as well.
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The Euro Castrol 0w-40 or 0w-30 has become difficult for me to find. My local WallyWorld used to carry it but about 2-3 months ago they stopped carrying it.
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Old 08-25-2016, 06:14 PM
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Amazon has plenty and at a good price:

https://www.amazon.com/Castrol-03101...s=castor+0w-30
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Old 08-26-2016, 01:43 PM
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Castrol and Mobil 1 0w40 are both excellent oils. More then you would ever want to know.

http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums...s.php?ubb=cfrm
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Old 08-26-2016, 01:54 PM
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Naw... the best of the best is amsoil... hands down... I know people who go 50k on oil changes... with regular oil analysis

i personally think its crazy...
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is prob the best
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