Originally Posted by Killerx
Wow thanks for the feedback here guys. Honestly I gotta admit I was wrong here. I was leaning on the change it until i read some of these posts. I still think if it was my car I probably woulda freaked out and changed it. I have only used bmw oil in my veh so I wouldn't know any different.
After reading some of the posts, I guess I'll tell him he's safe for 10000 kms (this is what I do my oil changes at and I told him to do the same...a i know im anal lol )
Now just to clean this up the guys that are saying they put castrol syntechre using the black bottle oil that says full synthetic and is no long life approved correct?
Again, you must cut through the BS and there is plenty of it here...
At the normal auto parts stores, Castrol 0w-30 is the on Castrol Syntec (Edge)product that meets BMW LL-01. Castrol syntec(Edge) 5w-30 does not. Read the back of the bottle. BMW 5w-30 is made by Castrol, but is rebranded European spec oil and is not the same as normal Castrol Syntec 5w-30, does not meet HT/HS >3.5 for instance.
Mobil 1 0w-40 also meets BMW LL-01.
Of the readily available, easy to find over the counter products choices are
BMW 5w-30 (Dealer)
Castrol 0w-30 (Autozone/Pepboys only) Edited to 0w-30 sorry typo error!
Mobil 1 0w-40
I choose Mobil 1 0w-40 because it is easiest to locate, Probably the best most up to date oil anyway and can find it for around $6.50/Qt on sale or at Wally world.
There are other choices but much harder to find, Motul, Elf, Lubromoly,PU etc.
That's the down and dirty, careful with all of the "advice" and good luck.