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Old 03-02-2013, 05:20 PM
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Another Oil Question 335i

I tried to do a search and see these as the approved oils.

BMW Long-life rating LL-01 Approved Synthetic Oils for the US Market:
BMW High Performance SAE 5W-30 Synthetic Oil (BMW part number 07 51 0 017 866)
Castrol Syntec European Formula SAE 0W-30
Mobil 1 SAE 0W-40
Pennzoil Platinum European Formula Ultra SAE 5W-30
Valvoline SynPower SAE 5W-30

I see all the different viscosity's ie 5w-30, 0w-30, and 0w-40.

But which one should actually be used for a car in the San Francisco Bay area?
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Old 03-02-2013, 05:53 PM
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I've used only the BMW oil since my car was new.

5W-30 should be more than fine for San Francisco. You don't get cold enough to worry about a 0W, and you're fine for high temperatures with the 30W.
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Old 03-02-2013, 06:08 PM
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how much of the 07 51 0 017 866 do you need for a change 1 bottle, 2 bottles?
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:29 PM
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Old 03-03-2013, 02:40 AM
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As lqa notes, nominal sump capacity is just about 7 quarts. As some remains in the sump after draining, mine takes about 6.5 quarts to fill it to "MAX" point on the display after a change.
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Old 03-03-2013, 05:44 AM
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I tried to do a search and see these as the approved oils.

BMW Long-life rating LL-01 Approved Synthetic Oils for the US Market:
BMW High Performance SAE 5W-30 Synthetic Oil (BMW part number 07 51 0 017 866)
Castrol Syntec European Formula SAE 0W-30
Mobil 1 SAE 0W-40
Pennzoil Platinum European Formula Ultra SAE 5W-30
Valvoline SynPower SAE 5W-30

I see all the different viscosity's ie 5w-30, 0w-30, and 0w-40.

But which one should actually be used for a car in the San Francisco Bay area?

Your owner's manual has an oil weight selection page. Chart relates outside temperature ranges to oils you might see above - have a look.

To be honest, I wouldn't know which is right for us! Under warranty, when iDrive squawks, I simply drop it off at the local dealer for a day.
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Old 03-03-2013, 06:45 AM
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Your owner's manual has an oil weight selection page. Chart relates outside temperature ranges to oils you might see above - have a look.

To be honest, I wouldn't know which is right for us! Under warranty, when iDrive squawks, I simply drop it off at the local dealer for a day.
Seriously Cal??? With all the performance mod's on your car you "simply drop it off at the local dealer" and let them handle the oil change..."when iDrive squawks"? How many miles on your car? Just asking.
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Old 03-03-2013, 06:51 AM
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Seriously Cal??? With all the performance mod's on your car you "simply drop it off at the local dealer" and let them handle the oil change..."when iDrive squawks"? How many miles on your car? Just asking.

Shucks, they've been antsy and bit 'on edge' since my suspension replacement. I try to stay away from them....bunch o'little girls.

But I don't track and really, was motivated to do all the stuff I've done by the miserable excuse for performance that my stock 3 was in '09. I just want t'have a good time in my city drive and back road burn!

Got something now. Not my daily driver, will time out before miles hit the warranty limit.

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Old 03-03-2013, 07:12 AM
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Shucks, they've been antsy and bit 'on edge' since my suspension replacement. I try to stay away from them....bunch o'little girls.

But I don't track and really, was motivated to do all the stuff I've done by the miserable excuse for performance that my stock 3 was in '09. I just want t'have a good time in my city drive and back road burn!

Got something now. Not my daily driver, will time out before miles hit the warranty limit.

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I hear you about timing out. I had only 28K when the warranty went belly up. I wonder what percentage of BMWs run out of time before they run out of miles.
[When I say warranty I mean the usual glove compartment one. Not the extended warranty on the HPFP or the secret warranty extensions or the EPA or CARB mandated warranty requirements which no one seems to know exceed the factory published warranty.]
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Old 03-03-2013, 07:23 AM
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Shucks, they've been antsy and bit 'on edge' since my suspension replacement. I try to stay away from them....bunch o'little girls.

But I don't track and really, was motivated to do all the stuff I've done by the miserable excuse for performance that my stock 3 was in '09. I just want t'have a good time in my city drive and back road burn!

Got something now. Not my daily driver, will time out before miles hit the warranty limit.

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Cal, I'm confused. Aren't you the guy that is always singing the praises of the Audi? Now I discover you drive an N54!

On a separate note, what BMW dealer do you use? My impression is that BMW SF is not very good and that the best dealership in the area is BMW Concord (long drive from the city).

Lastly, do you wash your car or have it done? I'm planning on moving into a condo in San Francisco and am concerned about not being allowed to wash my car on the premises.
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Old 03-03-2013, 08:18 AM
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Cal, I'm confused. Aren't you the guy that is always singing the praises of the Audi? Now I discover you drive an N54!

On a separate note, what BMW dealer do you use? My impression is that BMW SF is not very good and that the best dealership in the area is BMW Concord (long drive from the city).

Lastly, do you wash your car or have it done? I'm planning on moving into a condo in San Francisco and am concerned about not being allowed to wash my car on the premises.

Audi is, and has been, nose heavy, requiring a torque vectoring LSD to correct. That's poor engineering IMHO.

I stay away from Audi and their horrible front end treatment. My feeling is that if one is to have a monstrous and needlessly oversized insult of a grill, one should at minimum make it smile like Mazda. At least they have LED carnival lighting to distract and blind the eye.

I am fatigued just thinking about their ghastly presence on our public roads. It is a crime against art and nature, a remembrance of Lada quality and Yugo styling, curse their vile numbers!

Oh, and I like Bill Arnold BMW in San Rafael. Not a dealer, but that's a plus. Usually, use a gas station car wash.

YO! Top down today!

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Audi is, and has been, nose heavy, requiring a torque vectoring LSD to correct. That's poor engineering IMHO.

I stay away from Audi and their horrible front end treatment. My feeling is that if one is to have a monstrous and needlessly oversized insult of a grill, one should at minimum make it smile like Mazda. At least they have LED carnival lighting to distract and blind the eye.

I am fatigued just thinking about their ghastly presence on our public roads. It is a crime against art and nature, a remembrance of Lada quality and Yugo styling, curse their vile numbers!

Oh, and I like Bill Arnold BMW in San Rafael. Not a dealer, but that's a plus. Usually, use a gas station car wash.

YO! Top down today!

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Wow Lada... That brings back memories... A Russian Fiat, which was even worse quality than the Italian version. My dad had one when I was a kid (I was born in Kiev, Ukraine). Then, back in the 80's a friend of mine, who lived in in Brooklyn, brought a Lada from Canada, which he bought brand new for about 4,500 Canadian dollars (about $3,200). The first 6" deep pothole he encountered ripped the front suspension right out of the chassis. The insurance company totaled the car. It was 3 weeks old.
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Old 03-03-2013, 06:40 PM
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Audi is, and has been, nose heavy, requiring a torque vectoring LSD to correct. That's poor engineering IMHO.

I stay away from Audi and their horrible front end treatment. My feeling is that if one is to have a monstrous and needlessly oversized insult of a grill, one should at minimum make it smile like Mazda. At least they have LED carnival lighting to distract and blind the eye.

I am fatigued just thinking about their ghastly presence on our public roads. It is a crime against art and nature, a remembrance of Lada quality and Yugo styling, curse their vile numbers!

Oh, and I like Bill Arnold BMW in San Rafael. Not a dealer, but that's a plus. Usually, use a gas station car wash.

YO! Top down today!

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Gas station car wash??? Cal, they're putting swirls in your paint! I don't even let the dealer wash my car. Unfortunately, with the cold weather here in DC the car goes dirty for long periods.
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