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Old 07-04-2013, 05:31 PM
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Exclamation Dont mean to be a pain

i do my own oil changes and work on my car alot. I got an oil change done by a midas by my house nd it was absolutely black when i changed it 1000k after i got it done. since then i dont trust any1 except my brother and I to work on my car.

Therefore im looking for THE BEST TYPE OF OIL for a 07 328xi sedan.
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Old 07-04-2013, 06:08 PM
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The oil needs to meet the BMW LL-01 specification. This narrows it down a lot. A couple of oils that meet the specification are:
BMW's own fully synthetic 5W-30 oil
Mobil 1 fully synthetic 0W-40 European Formula (not to be confused with other Mobil 1).

There are also some European market oils, such as Elf, Total, and Motul that meet the specification. These are not widely available in North America.

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Old 07-04-2013, 06:37 PM
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A couple other are:

Pennzoil Platinum European Formula Ultra SAE 5W-30
Valvoline SynPower SAE 5W-30

Those 4 are listed in your manual (maybe) and on the BMW USA website.

There are quite a few others that meet LL-01.
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Old 07-05-2013, 06:04 AM
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Re: Dont mean to be a pain

I'd change your oil and get the proper stuff in there ASAP.

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Can you check to see what oil they put in your car in the first place? I wouldn't be going to Midas for anything for my car IMO but check to see. You never know, if they might have put the right stuff in there but if your still worried, like I would be, get the oil changed with oil you know for this car.
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Old 07-05-2013, 11:12 AM
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I use Mobil1 in all my cars, and comply with the manufacturers weight recommendations in each. FWIW, I've never had an engine problem related to oils used, and I've owned and maintained cars since the '60's. I also average well over 100k miles on most, although I've gotten rid of some because they were problematic in other areas.
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First of all, you can't tell oil quality by COLOUR. Second, the best oil to use is BMW oil. (also the cheapest) Where are you located?
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First of all, you can't tell oil quality by COLOUR. Second, the best oil to use is BMW oil. (also the cheapest) Where are you located?
I'm guessing he meant that the drain oil was black, as opposed to brown-tinted clear as you might expect after 1,000 miles (?) driving.

OP: BMW OEM Synthetic 5W-30 always worked for me.


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Old 07-05-2013, 01:54 PM
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i think...

I like the Royal Purple oil. The Nascar uses that oil (That's what i heard i think
They stands a while and goes for long. I am not here to advertise it, but still i'd prefer to put Royal Purple on my car.
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In case it helps...

http://www.bmwusa.com/Standard/Conte...ngineOils.aspx
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Old 07-05-2013, 04:24 PM
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Ok i drained the oil and yes it was black instead of brown, i noticed my car was running wierd. so i took it out right away. my car is sittin in my garage atm with no oil until i find the best quality oil as in THE BEST that i can put in it.

i got the free oil change from the dealer i got it from. that midas should be burned to the ground, beleive me i thought about it
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Ok i drained the oil and yes it was black instead of brown...
The color of the oil has nothing to do with it's condition. Only a laboratory analysis can tell.
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Old 07-05-2013, 10:38 PM
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oil should look brownish honey colored, it should never look black. i dont see why one would need a lab to know black oil is no good. now could it be they p;ut good oil and something burned it in the engine. yeah thats possible. but my best guess would be they figured it was synthetic and didnt change it at all.
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Re: Dont mean to be a pain

There's an article or You Tube video out there that discusses oil properties related to coloring and IIRC, black oil is not always necessarily bad and new oil doesn't necessarily stay honey like in color very long. Lots of varying factors that only lab testing can answer. But, to the eye, can't go wrong changing it when it looks like it needs it.

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