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Just changed oil and per other thread, there is a Syntec that is 0w30 labeled "European Formula" that on the back is approved by BMW as LL01 (Long-Life). The standard Syntec 5W30, does not have that endorsement on the back. They are the same price and can both be found at AutoZone. I had also read somewhere that Mobil 1 can evaporate??? Don't know if true or not, but really no difference in the price and might as well buy the one that has the BMW A-OK.
 

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That's because BMW of NA only allows one oil change per year under the maintenance contract.

Before BMW had the maintenance contract, they recommended an oil change every 6k miles or 3 months.

That's the guideline i follow. :dunno:
Actually, they changed the spec before they statrted the "maintenance included," when they started using synthetic oil, as in my 1999 528.
 

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I usually change my own oil and am not comfortable waiting an entire year for BMW to do it.

So, I just ordered a couple of filters. I think the oil capacity for my 2008 is 8.5 quarts. I plan to use the German Castrol 0W30 European Formula.

Twice a year should be about right for my driving habits.:)
 

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My oil change is due in two months. I want to have a outside shop perform the job and I have a couple of questions. 1. What is the best place to get the oil from, and how much of it? Should I also get a filter? 2. Can any shop that does oil changes perform this task?
 

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5W-30 Mobil 1 Synthetic is what BMW puts in them.

Any 5W-30 synthetic is fine though. I recommend Castrol Syntec or Royal Purple, besides Mobil 1
is that same oil for every beemer engine?
 

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They use castrol syntec its stamped right on the filler cap of my X5, I havent checked the 7 to see if it is stamped there as well. This is allot of talk about oil, use 5w30 and do some research on oil, I personnaly would stay away from mobil 1 but thats me. I was going to start using Royal Purple as I use it in my SRT10 ram but decided to stay with Castrol Syntec. The best oil you can get I feel is Redline or AMSOIL but they are both not sold in most places so unless you order allot you could be in a jam and end up mixing oils between changes.
 

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Since it gets cold from time to time here in Toronto, I have used Castrol Full Synthetic 5w-40. I have no doubts 5w-30 will work fine in Florida.
I change it once a year, my yearly mileage is around 20K; I can foresee some indignant postings, but it is full Synthetic and it is what it's been designed for. Changing oil once every 3 month is valid for Mineral Oil.
 
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