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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 10-08-2012, 11:20 AM
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Oil specs comparison

Here are a few examples of some of the car manufacturers' oil specs.
The ACEA is the Asociation of Automobile Manufacturers of Europe. I believe their specs are tougher than their USA counterpart, the API or American Petroleum Institude.
Note that these specs don't call out grades of oil nor 'winter' spec. Most of the tougher specs use the oil base A3/B4-04, which is the only 100% synthetic oil base.

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Old 10-09-2012, 11:43 AM
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Nice. I'm going to reference this over in:
- How to logically choose the right motor oil for your E39
Please read the suggested threads and add value, either by pictures or by descriptions, so the next person stands on your shoulders.
See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need
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