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Old 11-28-2013, 08:36 AM
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Need Oil Help on Thanksgiving

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Oil light came on again on the 550i. No surprise. BMW is closed today. Went to pep boys and the dip sticks knew nothing and the charts didn't have my engine. What brand do I use and type ?

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Old 11-28-2013, 08:42 AM
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My last service indicated "motor oil SAE 5W-30" (2011 550i). It didn't specify if it was synthetic or not. Check the oil filler cap, it normally has information as well as the owner's manual.
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Old 11-28-2013, 08:57 AM
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Hello Gents,

Oil light came on again on the 550i. No surprise. BMW is closed today. Went to pep boys and the dip sticks knew nothing and the charts didn't have my engine. What brand do I use and type ?

thank you
It's in the owners manual. Also there's a label on the black plate at the front of the engine compartment that tells you what kind of oil to use and has the BMW part number for the oil, which you can cross reference. It's not on the oil filler cap.
Also, look here:
http://www.bmwusa.com/Standard/Conte...ngineOils.aspx
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Old 11-28-2013, 09:02 AM
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Castrol has a European formula that is design for European cars, the back should say something like meet Audi Oil Quality Standards VW 501 01, 502 00, 505 00, 505 01, and 504 00/507 00........
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Old 11-28-2013, 11:12 AM
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You can get any oil with the BMW LL-01 approval, as easy as that, instead of looking for a specific brand.
If you want brands then there are lots of them like Mobil 1 0W-40, Penzoil Ultra Euro 5W-40, Castrol EDGE SPT 5W-40 and 0W-30 and a bunch more, just look at the back of the bottle for certifications.
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