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Old 07-04-2016, 02:24 PM
lovinggp3 lovinggp3 is offline
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Oil change for 06 X3

What type of oil an oil brand is good for an 06 x3. I'm really tired of paying $115 for oil changes.
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Old 07-04-2016, 02:40 PM
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I've been using Mobil 1 synthetic 0W-40 every 12-15,000 miles

Now at 145000 miles, no usage or leaks
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Old 07-04-2016, 04:16 PM
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Mobil 1 here too..no issues.
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Old 07-04-2016, 04:36 PM
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BMW oil and filter. $70 shipped
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Old 07-04-2016, 04:42 PM
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Mobil 1 0w40 and Mann oil filter kit
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Old 07-04-2016, 06:33 PM
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Old 07-04-2016, 07:23 PM
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FWIW, Mobil 1 0W-40 "FS" has been reformulated and no longer carries LL01.

I now use Castrol 0W-40 from Wal-Mart and Mann filters from Autohausaz; they have the filters for $5ish each.

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Old 07-04-2016, 07:55 PM
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Exxon explains the lack of LL-01 for the 'new' 0W40 this way:

Response from ExxonMobil
ExxonMobil Team, ExxonMobil
May 16, 2016
Quality & performance of the new Mobil 1 FS 0W-40 is comparable to the outgoing Mobil 1 0W-40, carrying many of the same claims. However, Mobil 1 FS 0W-40 no longer carries BMW LL-01, due to changes in BMW's testing requirement.

No idea what that means. Why would BMW have changed their testing requirements for LL-01 after 15 years? Haven't they recently relaxed their position on 15K mile change intervals?
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Old 07-04-2016, 11:55 PM
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Most of the auto stores in my area still sell the old M1 0w40 with BMW LL01 certification. I will probably stock up during the next sale. Castrol 0w40 is either tough to find in stores for me or around $12-$14/litre here.
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Old 07-06-2016, 07:34 AM
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FWIW, Mobil 1 0W-40 "FS" has been reformulated and no longer carries LL01.

I now use Castrol 0W-40 from Wal-Mart and Mann filters from Autohausaz; they have the filters for $5ish each.

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I recently picked up 3 5-qt jugs of the Castrol at Walmart for $21 each. It was on sale. I got the Mann filter from Advance for ~$10, probably what the $5 filter would be shipped, and had a $5 coupon anyway. So oil change price for the X3 dropped to under $40.

For those who change oil at 5 k mile intervals like me, I'm not sure how important the LL certification is anyway, as long as it is a quality oil like Mobil 1 or Castrol.
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Old 07-06-2016, 08:36 AM
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With a shorter OCI, the oil probably isn't super important, as long at it is at a minimum an A3/B4 oil and comes from a reputable manufacturer.

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Old 07-20-2016, 09:32 AM
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Once you change the oil, how do you reset the "oil change required" message on the speedo display?
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Old 07-20-2016, 09:43 AM
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