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Which engine oil for 2013 328i?

I am thinking about doing on out of schedule oil change. What kind of engine oil is used on a 2013 328i?

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I am thinking about doing on out of schedule oil change. What kind of engine oil is used on a 2013 328i?

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BMW High Performance SAE 5W-30 or Mobil 1 0W40 Euro Formula or Castrol 0W30.

Any of these would do.
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:49 AM
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The brochure "Service and Warranty Information" that comes with the car, lists 4 recommended oils with weights, if you do not use the recommended BMW oil.
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Which specific oil does BMW use during service for oil change? Is it ok to use oils with different viscosity at different oil changes?

I see the following approved oil types in the manual:
SAE 0W-40
SAE 0W-30
SAE 5W-40
SAE 5W-30
BMW High Performance SAE 5W-30
BMW Longlife-01
BMW Longlife-01 FE

If my car currently has "BMW High Performance SAE 5W-30" (which I'm not sure of), is it ok for me to change oil to Mobil 1 0W-40 for the out of schedule oil change and then go back to 5W-30 the next scheduled oil change?
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If my car currently has "BMW High Performance SAE 5W-30" (which I'm not sure of), is it ok for me to change oil to Mobil 1 0W-40 for the out of schedule oil change and then go back to 5W-30 the next scheduled oil change?
Yes.

And there are many more LL-01 oils than what is listed in the manual and BMWNA website.
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BMW 5-30 oil is the best choice and that is what BMW dealers use.. It is no more expensive than any other synthetic oil.
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BMW 5-30 oil is the best choice and that is what BMW dealers use.. It is no more expensive than any other synthetic oil.
Thanks. I don't plan to do the out of schedule oil change at the dealership due to cost. I'm trying to buy my own oil and have it changed at a local lube. Is it possible to buy the exact same oil that BMW dealers use? If not, what would be the next best choice of oil?

Is this one ok?
http://www.amazon.com/Mobil-94001-Sy...=bmw+sae+5w-30

Also, which oil filter would you recommend?
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Thanks. I don't plan to do the out of schedule oil change at the dealership due to cost. I'm trying to buy my own oil and have it changed at a local lube. Is it possible to buy the exact same oil that BMW dealers use? If not, what would be the next best choice of oil?

Is this one ok?
http://www.amazon.com/Mobil-94001-Sy...=bmw+sae+5w-30

Also, which oil filter would you recommend?
If you planning on using Mobil 1, the one you need is 0W40 which I get at autozone. I change my own oil and that's what I've been using with no issues.

Now if you really need BMW oil go to the dealer and buy it there. But I will tell you there is no proof that this is the best one to use. Actually BMW does not make oil, and the oil packaged as BMW is probably nothing more than Castrol.
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BMW 5-30 oil is the best choice and that is what BMW dealers use.. It is no more expensive than any other synthetic oil.
Lol, it's just a rebranded Castrol Oil with Jacked up price :lol:


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Re: Which engine oil for 2013 328i?

Thanks. Any good recommendation for oil filter?

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Thanks. I don't plan to do the out of schedule oil change at the dealership due to cost. I'm trying to buy my own oil and have it changed at a local lube. Is it possible to buy the exact same oil that BMW dealers use? If not, what would be the next best choice of oil?

Is this one ok?
http://www.amazon.com/Mobil-94001-Sy...=bmw+sae+5w-30

Also, which oil filter would you recommend?
You're going to change the oil at the local Pep Boys in order to save $25 in labor on your $50,000 BMW?

Take a second to think here - let's say you bring them the oil and filter. What if they cross-thread the oil drain bolt? What if the high-schooler doing the work thinks replacing the crush washer is too much hassle? What if they over-torque the filter nut? At least take your car to a local independent that specializes in German cars and knows what they're doing.
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Thanks. I don't plan to do the out of schedule oil change at the dealership due to cost. I'm trying to buy my own oil and have it changed at a local lube. Is it possible to buy the exact same oil that BMW dealers use? If not, what would be the next best choice of oil?

Is this one ok?
http://www.amazon.com/Mobil-94001-Sy...=bmw+sae+5w-30

Also, which oil filter would you recommend?
You can buy BMW oil from the dealership parts department or online for no more than any other fully synthetic oil at a parts store. Mann is a good filter brand. A BMW filter from the parts department might be slightly more expensive than at the parts store, but it's not enough to worry about. www.getbmwparts.com and other online sites sell oil change kits.

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True that.
Not true that. BMW oil is manufactured by Castrol, but is a specific proprietary formulation just for BMW that has higher resistance to shear than other formulations. BMW oil pricing is virtually identical to other fully synthetic oils found at auto parts stores.
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Not true that. BMW oil is manufactured by Castrol, but is a specific proprietary formulation just for BMW that has higher resistance to shear than other formulations. BMW oil pricing is virtually identical to other fully synthetic oils found at auto parts stores.
This is true - BMW's retail price on oil is surprisingly reasonable. Enough so that if the dealer is closer than the auto parts store, you might as well just buy from the dealer. Join the BMW CCA to save another 10% if your dealer offers that discount.
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You're going to change the oil at the local Pep Boys in order to save $25 in labor on your $50,000 BMW?

Take a second to think here - let's say you bring them the oil and filter. What if they cross-thread the oil drain bolt? What if the high-schooler doing the work thinks replacing the crush washer is too much hassle? What if they over-torque the filter nut? At least take your car to a local independent that specializes in German cars and knows what they're doing.
Thanks for the warning. The BMW dealerships closest to where I live are known to be absolutely terrible. I also had bad experience there with their sales department and ended up ordering from an out of state bimmerfest sponsor dealer.

Cost is actually a secondary reason. Primary reason is that I don't trust this dealership. There's a local lube that I've been going to with my old car and they let me stand right next to them and watch them do the oil change and let me check the oil level in the end to make sure its right.

I don't know much about cars but is BMW oil much more complicated to change than other cars? If not, then I think I should be fine with this local lube as long as I bring my own oil and filter.

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You can buy BMW oil from the dealership parts department or online for no more than any other fully synthetic oil at a parts store. Mann is a good filter brand. A BMW filter from the parts department might be slightly more expensive than at the parts store, but it's not enough to worry about. www.getbmwparts.com and other online sites sell oil change kits.

Not true that. BMW oil is manufactured by Castrol, but is a specific proprietary formulation just for BMW that has higher resistance to shear than other formulations. BMW oil pricing is virtually identical to other fully synthetic oils found at auto parts stores.
Thanks a lot for the website. I'll probably get the oil change kit from them.
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Thanks for the warning. The BMW dealerships closest to where I live are known to be absolutely terrible. I also had bad experience there with their sales department and ended up ordering from an out of state bimmerfest sponsor dealer.

Cost is actually a secondary reason. Primary reason is that I don't trust this dealership. There's a local lube that I've been going to with my old car and they let me stand right next to them and watch them do the oil change and let me check the oil level in the end to make sure its right.

I don't know much about cars but is BMW oil much more complicated to change than other cars? If not, then I think I should be fine with this local lube as long as I bring my own oil and filter.



Thanks a lot for the website. I'll probably get the oil change kit from them.
Just curious...Texas is one BIG place. Where are those dealers you speak of located?

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Just curious...Texas is one BIG place. Where are those dealers you speak of located?

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They are in Houston. Far away from Arlington fortunately for you
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In addition to its own rebranded oil, BMW approves:

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

For the 335, 6.5 liters or 7 quarts (6.87 quarts exactly).

Changing the oil on these cars is ridiculously easy with a pair of Rhino ramps or similar. It is literally a ten minute process.
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Doublecheck the tightening torque on the drain plug

I would agree that an oil change is very easy, especially with the drain plug flap, but be aware that the tightening torque is quite different for the rear-wheel drive and the all-wheel drive as the all-wheel drive has a metal oil pan and the rear-wheel drive is plastic. If I recall correctly per BMWCCA the torque for the rear-wheel drive drain plug is 5 (that's 5) foot pounds.
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IIRC, the 328 is plastic; the, 335 metal.
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In addition to its own rebranded oil, BMW approves:

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

For the 335, 6.5 liters or 7 quarts (6.87 quarts exactly).

Changing the oil on these cars is ridiculously easy with a pair of Rhino ramps or similar. It is literally a ten minute process.
This

The 328 takes 5 quarts. I can find the 5-quart jug of Mobil1 at Walmart for around $25.
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I would agree that an oil change is very easy, especially with the drain plug flap, but be aware that the tightening torque is quite different for the rear-wheel drive and the all-wheel drive as the all-wheel drive has a metal oil pan and the rear-wheel drive is plastic. If I recall correctly per BMWCCA the torque for the rear-wheel drive drain plug is 5 (that's 5) foot pounds.
The oil drain plug is now disposable and the OEM filter comes with a replacement oil drain plug. It's actually very trick. BMW reinvented the oil drain plug and I'm actually surprised at how simple yet no-brainer it is. Of course, the Teutonic nature of the redesign is inherit in the service procedure. If you are used to working on American Iron, best you take it to the local dealership because any more than delicate and precise movements will end up costing you dearly.
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Take it to a dealer only if you are a ham-fisted gorilla who cannot make toast without breaking something. BMW oil change techs are hardly highly trained, sensitive new-age guys with magic fingers sprinkled with unicorn glitter.

It is an oil change, not realigning an electron microscope.
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