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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 11-06-2011, 06:53 PM
Raider Raider is offline
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Hello--What is the factory engine oil for a 2001 525I, Castrol Synthetic 5W-30?
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Old 11-06-2011, 06:58 PM
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This has been beaten to death on this forum. Do some searching.

If you want to be sure, buy it from the dealer.

Ed in San Jose '97 540i 6 speed aspensilber over aubergine leather. Build date 3/97. Golden Gate Chapter BMW CCA Nr 62319.
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Old 11-06-2011, 08:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Raider View Post
Hello--What is the factory engine oil for a 2001 525I, Castrol Synthetic 5W-30?
As Ed said, this topic has to have ten thousand threads on it.

Absolutely nothing anyone will say will add any value that you can't find in a split second simply by searching.

Having said that, I'll tell you something.

There are three kinds of people here, when it comes to oil.
1. Those who want BMW to tell them what oil to use
2. Those who want BMW to tell them what spec for what oil to use (and they'll choose the oil by spec)
3. Those who realize the BMW is just another engine and the oil that works for similar engines will work fine for them.

I've learned, after hundreds of these 'what oil' threads, that if there is someone who has to ask, then that person is in the first category, never in the second, and certainly not in the third.

Based on that logic, you are clearly in the first category, therefore, I now know EXACTLY what oil you should use.

It's this oil:
- What is the definitive list of BMW-approved motor oils (1)
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Old 11-07-2011, 12:34 AM
five40eye five40eye is offline
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Wink what works the best for me

pretty much the last 2 replies are correct. i know what you want to hear are recomendations, so here goes. i own a 540i that i put 80 miles on, on a daily basis driving down and up very steep highways. number one i always use synthetic oil, i prefer mobil one fully synthetic oil as well as mobil gas. depending on how many miles your car has, if it seems to burn 5w-30 to quickly, switch to 10w-30 fully synthetic. my car now has more than 150k miles on it and it sounds better than a brand new vehicle. you will be more than ok as long as you use fully synthetic oil and you do your oil changes on time.
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Old 11-07-2011, 02:16 AM
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German Castrol 0w-30.

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