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Old 10-21-2014, 08:29 PM
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2006 BMW 325i Oil / Coolant Questions

So, I clicked on the Wiki to see if this information was available to me there, but I couldn't find it. I checked the maintenance section and it just said "to be expanded." I know it's probably been answered a million times, and I've read a million responses online but I want answers from this forum. I'm going to be changing my own oil. Did it on my other car, and the other cars in my house. I want to know exactly what brand(s) I can use. I've heard Castrol LL04 or LL01... but I can't for sure say that is what to use. What about filters? Please, post links for where I can buy these for example Autozone. I'd like to get most of them at a store and not online but the coolant will have to be ordered. Not going all the way to the BMW center for that. It's like half an hour away. I can order that.

Now, for coolant I know you are to use the BMW brand. And what do you do with that? Mix it with distilled water? So half and half? Depending on how much the car needs? I've never been this involved with it before. I used to just be able to throw some 50/50 in and be fine. I want to make sure I get this absolutely right. Thank you guys!
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Old 10-22-2014, 10:44 AM
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Over 100 views and not one post? Thanks to the 106 members who decided to click on my thread and read it, but not offer any advice. Means a lot.
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Old 10-22-2014, 11:18 AM
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I guess whatever was to be written on this subject - it was... Read it and make your decisions .
Part of owning a car is an ability to make your own decisions

Use BMW approved fluids and filters only.
getbmwparts.com is your safest option for all parts and fluids

Use aftermarket but be your own judge.
I use Mobil1 0w-40 oil (buying in Walmart in 5Q jugs for about $23/jug. Sometimes I use Castrol but only European version as only this one is BMW approved.
On occasions I buy BMW oil and filter on line at above location.
Use "good quality" filters from local auto store or I buy them when I order other parts from autohousaz.com
I use only BMW coolant - mix 500/50 with distilled water and add as needed. I keep extra jug and make my own mixture ready to pour - or add both in more less the same amount directly to the coolant reservoir if I need to add a little and have no mix..
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Old 10-22-2014, 11:22 AM
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If you are asking all these questions, it would just be easier to use oem filters/fluids.
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Fyi

http://www.e90post.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=16

many DIY's at the above link and a lot of other useful info.

If you want the science on BMW maintenance and fluids .

google Mike Miller BMW and download the old school or Mike miller schedule.

Also Bob the oil guy site has some interesting observations on oil.

Mann Filters are generally preffered.

You should be sure to read the procedure on coolant replacement cause you have
to remove an engine hose to drain it . And there is a purge procedure.

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http://www.e90post.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=16

many DIY's at the above link and a lot of other useful info.

If you want the science on BMW maintenance and fluids .

google Mike Miller BMW and download the old school or Mike miller schedule.

Also Bob the oil guy site has some interesting observations on oil.

Mann Filters are generally proffered.

You should be sure to read the procedure on coolant replacement cause you have
to remove an engine hose to drain it . And there is a purge procedure.
Thank you!!! Finally. Okay, will read these. Now how about Castol Edge 0-30 for oil? I know BMW accepts that and a few threads here recommend it as well. For filters, is it Mann? Sorry to be hounding you with these questions, but you are only one to give me actual help.
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Mann is the on I remember

Mann is the one I remember
there is one other common German one I think Mike mentions it.
Its easier and cheaper to get these mail order. (Over the Internet)
Google BMW filers on the Internet for sources.
Also there are a lot of DIY's on Ytube for BMW's

Parts places
Ecstuning
pelican parts
BurgerMotorsports and
Tischer BMW
are a some of the more popular ones.

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Mann is the on I remember
there is one other common German one I think Mike mentions it.
Its easier and cheaper to get these mail order. (Over the Internet)
Google BMW filers on the Internet for sources.
Also there are a lot of DIY's on Ytube for BMW's

Parts places
Ecstuning
pelican parts
BurgerMotorsports and
Tischer BMW
are a some of the more popular ones.
Thanks for the help!
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