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      07-19-2015, 11:50 PM   #221
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I was only buying BMW oil from the dealer. It was $6.88/qt. Last week I went to buy some and it had a new bottle and was $7.88/qt. WTF! Then I learned that the new bottle is because they did a deal with Shell and moved away from Castrol. After learning that I determined that if BMW wasn't loyal to their oil then I didn't need to be either. So I took back their oil and went to Walmart and bought Mobil 1 0W40 Euro for $26/ 5 qts. F* you BMW.
I was gonna ask about Mobil 1 0w40 for the very same reason....5 qts for 23.88, so buy 2 and have 2 left, vs. $8/qt for BMW 5w30. I looked at the jug and it clearly stated BMW LL-01.....thoughts?
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Was at the dealer today buying coolant. $80 for 4.5 litres.

I was curious about how much they charge for oil. Told me $20 per litre so $130 to get required 6.5 litres. This is in NZ btw. You guys in the US are so lucky
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I recently purchased my bmws 328i, previous owner always used castrol oil recommend by bmws my question is if i where to switch brands will it have a negative affect on my engine? i have always used mobile 1 so that will be the company i switch to unless their is a better option. thanks
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most dealer charge $79+ tax for an oil change if you have a time price is fair. In walmart mobil 1 0W40 jugs are $23.xx I use K&N oil filter which is $14 so if you are handy 2 oil changes will cost you little less then $80.. I am an oil freak and change it every 3400-3500 miles..
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Just bought 3 cases of BMW's new Shell-sourced oil for $6.30 per Liter. Funny thing was the first case I opened had an already-opened bottle that was leaking. This from a brand new BMW case of oil in the box that had not been previously opened. Quite strange.... The mysterious opened Liter is destined for the lawn mower - LOL.
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Just bought 3 cases of BMW's new Shell-sourced oil for $6.30 per Liter. Funny thing was the first case I opened had an already-opened bottle that was leaking. This from a brand new BMW case of oil in the box that had not been previously opened. Quite strange.... The mysterious opened Liter is destined for the lawn mower - LOL.
Where did you get it so cheap? The stealership and Turner motorsport definitely don't have it that cheap.
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Where did you get it so cheap? The stealership and Turner motorsport definitely don't have it that cheap.
I have a dealership near my work that uses the TradeMotion BMW parts source and I have no shipping costs, just sales tax. It is BMW of Sterling (Virginia)
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Does anyone know if using Mobil 1 0w40 in Southern California (or any hot climate) is ok to use? I plan to have the oil changed at around 3-5k miles from now if I move forward with this today.

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I finally caved in....$5.28/qt. is better than $8/qt. I guess.....

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Just bought 3 cases of BMW's new Shell-sourced oil for $6.30 per Liter. Funny thing was the first case I opened had an already-opened bottle that was leaking. This from a brand new BMW case of oil in the box that had not been previously opened. Quite strange.... The mysterious opened Liter is destined for the lawn mower - LOL.
oh man.....last year Shell was offering a $20 rebate on Pennzoil Platinum. I use this for my wife's car. So with the oil being $25.xx at Walmart for 5 qts., it was such a no brainer, $5.xx for 5 qts.? I took 9 of them suckas.

The thing is, human nature. You need a rebate code to get your $20. Guess what? 4 had codes that were previously entered, 2 had dirty oil inside!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That's why I'm glad the M1 has foil seals. Human nature is pretty clever, huh?
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Does anyone know if using Mobil 1 0w40 in Southern California (or any hot climate) is ok to use? I plan to have the oil changed at around 3-5k miles from now if I move forward with this today.

Thanks
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Does anyone know if using Mobil 1 0w40 in Southern California (or any hot climate) is ok to use? I plan to have the oil changed at around 3-5k miles from now if I move forward with this today.

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It's perfectly fine.
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Does anyone know if using Mobil 1 0w40 in Southern California (or any hot climate) is ok to use? I plan to have the oil changed at around 3-5k miles from now if I move forward with this today.
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Yes, it is very well suited for hot climates. No worries at all.
The 40 in the 0W40 number means that at high temps the oil's viscosity "behaves" like a 40 wt oil.
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It's perfectly fine.
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Yes, it is very well suited for hot climates. No worries at all.
The 40 in the 0W40 number means that at high temps the oil's viscosity "behaves" like a 40 wt oil.
So what is the significance of it behaving like a 40wt oil? Thanks.
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Hi. Which one oil to m47n2 without DPF from 2005 yr?
I think about Liqui Moly Top Tec 4100 5w40 or Motul X-Clean 8100 5w40.
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I have a basic question. My oil change light came up recently. I only put 3,000 miles upon purchasing the car. Is it okay to change the oil at the mileage point and Not the time? I have an N55. Any opinion helps
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I have a basic question. My oil change light came up recently. I only put 3,000 miles upon purchasing the car. Is it okay to change the oil at the mileage point and Not the time? I have an N55. Any opinion helps
You can change your oil as often as you want to. The only barrier is convenience and price. Some new cars recommend an oil change at 3,000 miles when new to clean up "metal shavings" which are created by the manufacturing process and the engine "grinding off" all the loose bits.

I have done this on new cars in the past. No harm at all.
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Anybody ever run liquimoly? I've been eyeing it for some time. I've never heard of it, but my local NAPA told me it's used everywhere in Europe
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Anybody ever run liquimoly? I've been eyeing it for some time. I've never heard of it, but my local NAPA told me it's used everywhere in Europe
Yes, their models are quite sxy.
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Hey guys... went out looking for oil to do an oil change... was going to grab some Mobile 1 but noted that it is no longer LL-1...

Went to the Mobile 1 site to check and got this:

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"Based on what you've told us, your vehicle manufacturer recommends 7 quarts of a 5W-30 or 5W-40 viscosity and oil that meets BMW Longlife LL-01. We currently do not offer any motor oils in the United States that meet these specifications."
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Anybody ever run liquimoly? I've been eyeing it for some time. I've never heard of it, but my local NAPA told me it's used everywhere in Europe
I've ran Liqui-Moly Leichtlauf 5W-40 for the past couple years and used it previously on my A4, which is much more finicky than my E90 for using a high quality oil. It's a little pricey up here but the car runs beautifully with it. I'm sure in a blind test I wouldn't be able to tell the difference between my car and the same one running OEM oil, but I feel good about it and have never had any problems. I've also gone longer intervals (nearly 20,000 km) with no problems. It meets the LL-01 spec so I don't feel the need to experiment with other oils a la Castrol/Mobil 1 which are not true full synthetics anyways.

I recently took off my valve cover and cleaned it out, if it's any indication it was pretty damn spotless after 160,000 km. Not sure if that can be attributed purely to the oil I use, but I was surprised as to how free of gunk and build up the valve cover was having never been removed. I also don't lose oil over time, it always stays at the same level.

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