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      08-20-2006, 09:26 PM   #1
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Is 0w 30 Good
The Bmw Dealership In Germany Told Me To Use It Over 5w 30
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      08-20-2006, 09:37 PM   #2
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Then maybe you should do as they say?
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The manufacturer recommends 5w 30. I think I would trust the engine designers over the dealership.
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Use 5w-30 Synthetic Oil. Mobil makes it. Its the best quality. I only trust mobil as its in my C6 Supercharged vette and runs great and my 330.
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Is 0w 30 Good
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The manufacturerís approval is far more important then the viscosity numbers, which are rather crude and donít tell you much about the oil. Look for BMW LL-01 or LL-04 in fine print on the bottle. Being in Germany you ought to be able to find LL-04, which is the newer spec.

If the question is driven by Castrol, I believe that you will find that their 0W-30 meets BMW specs while the 5W-30 does not.
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      08-21-2006, 10:20 PM   #6
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yea, look at the label on the back of the bottle. i would use something that is at least bmw LL-01 approved. i don't know about germany, but in the US this includes mobil 1 0w-40 and castrol 0w-30.
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where can i find the recommanded oil type in the manual? Some people say 0w30, others say 5w30..
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where can i find the recommanded oil type in the manual? Some people say 0w30, others say 5w30..
Its 5w-30. Im POSITIVE. Call the dealer if you want to hear it from them.
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Yes, get Castrol SLX LL04.
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You can use 5W-40 or 5W-30 depending on where you live. Page 121 in the manual. It also mentions to use only oils with API SH specifications or higher. The BMW website mentions "With this state-of-the-art technology, the maintenance interval may be lengthened for a vehicle thatís driven less frequently. This can result in savings for owners. Minimal use drivers (less than 6,000 miles per year) should change the oil at least every two years." You take it for what its worth but I'm not following the service indicator. I plan on changing it about every 6k miles or every 6 months whichever comes first and then let them change it when the indicator says so.
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ah ha! found it 5w-40 or 5w-30 like you said. Going to pickup some at BJ's. Too bad they sell them in cases of 6 for $31 rather than 7 or 8. Now I may have to buy two cases or a single bottle from somewhere else.

Well, I only want to do the oil change after the first 2k. Then I may leave BMW to do their scheduled oil change. Other than the oil filter, what else do I need? Must I get the filter from my dealer?

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You can use 5W-40 or 5W-30 depending on where you live. Page 121 in the manual. It also mentions to use only oils with API SH specifications or higher. The BMW website mentions "With this state-of-the-art technology, the maintenance interval may be lengthened for a vehicle thatís driven less frequently. This can result in savings for owners. Minimal use drivers (less than 6,000 miles per year) should change the oil at least every two years." You take it for what its worth but I'm not following the service indicator. I plan on changing it about every 6k miles or every 6 months whichever comes first and then let them change it when the indicator says so.
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