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Because not using the search button is not an option. I took time out this afternoon after work to make this video:

Points Covered-

1. How to check your E46 oil level
2. How to top off (aka add more) oil to your E46 engine
3. How to quickly diagnose the 3 most typical E46 oil leaks
4. Power Steering-ATF Fluid leaking vs. Oil leaking


Required maintenance work or services should be performed for your vehicle by your authorized BMW center.

BMW High Performance Synthetic Oil
is recommended for scheduled engine oil changes.

BMW High Performance SAE 5W-30 Synthetic Oil* (BMW part number 07 51 0 017 866)

* Does not apply to M vehicles - see below

BMW recommends that you check your engine oil level whenever you add fuel to your vehicle.

If you need to add oil between oil changes and BMW High Performance Synthetic Oil is unavailable, you may top up the oil level with one of the following approved synthetic oils. For information on checking your engine oil level refer to your vehicle's Owner's Manual.

The oils listed below meet BMW's Long-life rating and are acceptable for use in BMW Passenger vehicles and SAVs in the US market with gasoline engines.

BMW Long-life rating LL-01 Approved Synthetic Oils for the US Market:

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

Use only oils with an API rating of SM or higher.

The choice of the right SAE grade is based on the climatic conditions in the region in which you normally drive your BMW.

To best determine which SAE grade is best suited for your vehicle, contact an authorized BMW center.

The following is the only recommended and approved synthetic oil for BMW M (Motorsport) vehicles in the US market with gasoline engines, at the present time.

BMW Long-life rating LL-01 Synthetic Oils for BMW M vehicles equipped with S54, S62, S65 or S85 engines:


Castrol TWS Motorsport SAE 10W-60 Synthetic Engine Oil

Castrol Formula RS SAE 10W-60 Synthetic Engine Oil (BMW part number 07 51 0 009 420)

If Castrol High Performance Synthetic Oil is not available and you need to add oil between oil changes, only use synthetic oils with the following specifications for M vehicles:

Viscosity - preferred SAE 10W-60

Alternative - SAE 10W-40, SAE 5W-50 or SAE 10W-50


Use only oils with an API rating of SJ/CF, SK/CF or higher.


The following is a listing of synthetic oils recommended and approved for use in the BMW B7 ALPINA in 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 Synthetic Oil
 

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Mobil One 0W-40 no longer claims to meet LL-01. When I called their info line, they claimed it was because it had been reformulated.
However, Castrol Edge 0W40 claims to meet LL-01, so I have switched to that. Living in the frozen Northland (Minnesota), the 0W part is helpful at low temps. Despite global warming (AARGH) we still get a few below zero days.

Looking on the horizon for a full-hybrid or long-range electric BMW to help reduce my carbon footprint. Meanwhile, my '04 325cic handles so sweetly that I'm doing the maintenance and hanging on to it.
 

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Mobil One 0W-40 no longer claims to meet LL-01. When I called their info line, they claimed it was because it had been reformulated.
However, Castrol Edge 0W40 claims to meet LL-01, so I have switched to that. Living in the frozen Northland (Minnesota), the 0W part is helpful at low temps. Despite global warming (AARGH) we still get a few below zero days.

Looking on the horizon for a full-hybrid or long-range electric BMW to help reduce my carbon footprint. Meanwhile, my '04 325cic handles so sweetly that I'm doing the maintenance and hanging on to it.
Please don't start that carbon footprint stuff around here, it will go poorly quickly and everyone loses. You are correct about the Mobil 1, it was never great oil anyways for hard drivers, it had bad shear properties.
 
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