Originally Posted by bimmertt
You are not reading your own reference correctly. If you read it carefully, it mentions "...specific brand or trade name of product or service..." and also "...buy an item or service from a particular company..."
TrackRat is 100% correct.
BMW North America lists the 3 LL01 oils you must use on its website: Mobil 1 0W40, Castrol 0W30, and one other piece of S**t. Err, so yes that's forcing people to buy a specific brand.