E90Post
 


MINHS Auto Care Center
 
BMW 3-Series (E90 E92) Forum > E90 / E92 / E93 3-series Technical Forums > Mechanical Maintenance: Break-in / Oil & Fluids / Servicing / Warranty > What Type Of Engine Oil Is Everyone Using?



Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      10-05-2006, 02:25 PM   #1
katsbimmer
Captain
22

 
Drives: 2010 e90 328i Msport
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Pt. St. Lucie,fl.


Posts: 850
iTrader: (5)

Garage List
2010 328i LCI E90  [5.00]
2006 325i  [0.00]
What Type Of Engine Oil Is Everyone Using?

Getting ready for the first oil change...What should i go with....dealer will be doing the service... ..Mobil1 or BMW oil??
__________________
AW 2010 E90 LCI
Appreciate 0
      10-05-2006, 02:27 PM   #2
HRC
MAUI BUILT
United_States
136

 
HRC's Avatar
 
Drives: 2006 330i MT
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: NORCAL


Posts: 7,779
iTrader: (10)

Garage List
2006 330i  [0.00]
Send a message via AIM to HRC
I have been using BMW oil since day 1. I used to use Redline/Mobil 1 in my other cars but I decided to stick with factory stuff this time around. I buy it by the case at the dealer.

Danny
__________________
Arctic/Blk Leather/Alum.Trim/MT/ZSP/Sunshades/Blk Lines/M3 Illuminated Knob/Alcantara Performance Wheel/M-E-Brake Handle/Euro Fog Switch/Koni Yellows/H&R Sport Springs/19" VMR V718's w/PS2 Tires/M-Tech Body Kit/Carbon Fiber Spoiler/Bimmian Interior Bulbs/OEM Eye Glass Tray/SSK/Alcantara Boot/Split Armrest/OEM Dual Rear Power Outlets/Rear Ashtray Delete/OEM Alum. Pedals/Osram 6000K/Brex Rings/LED Side Markers/BMS Power Box
Appreciate 0
      10-05-2006, 02:29 PM   #3
Leonardo629
Major
United_States
13

 
Drives: 2013 M3 Coupe
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Walnut, CA


Posts: 1,206
iTrader: (9)

Castrol 0W30 made in germany "euro" formual..meets BMW long life requirement, proven stuff according to Bobistheoilguy gurus....
Appreciate 0
      10-05-2006, 02:29 PM   #4
nhhiep
Captain
15

 
Drives: bmw
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Arizona


Posts: 739
iTrader: (0)

yeah, I , too, stick with BMW oil just to be safe, it's not that expensive compare to Mobil 1
Appreciate 0
      10-05-2006, 02:37 PM   #5
qroc
Private
United_States
0

 
Drives: 2007 335i
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Bristow, VA


Posts: 71
iTrader: (0)

Send a message via AIM to qroc
I'm getting an early oil change; I was thinking about what oil to get.

The thing I don't like about "BMW Approved Oils" is I can't determine how much is marketing and how much is engineering. The former may be castrol or Mobil paying BMW a certain amount to be an approved oil maker. The latter, I don't know anything about. Obviously the car won't blow up with these oils.

My feeling is that a 5w30 oil doesn't to have the viscosity you'd want at the superhigh temps inside a smallish turbocharger, but clearly I'm no auto engineer. We've also read how hot the car runs at. I'm confident the cars can run hot but no so confident some of these 5w30 oils can do in sustained hot turbos.

I was considering a Castrol syntec 5w50, not for the brand but for the particular viscosity of oil. Royal Purple would be my first choice in terms of brand. It gets hot where I live. But, I decided to stick with BMW oil until I do more research.
__________________
2007 335i Coupe Jet Black/Black, Premium, Sport, Satellite, Brushed Aluminum
Appreciate 0
      10-05-2006, 02:47 PM   #6
Mr. BMW
Captain
18

 
Mr. BMW's Avatar
 
Drives: 2006 330i
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: MA


Posts: 916
iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2006 330i  [0.00]
2003 Pathfinder  [0.00]
Buy it at the dealer and if you have the BMW CCA membership you save 20%.
__________________
06 330i Monaco Blue/Black
11 Land Rover LR2(Winter Beater)
02 X5 3.0 Topaz Blue/Black (retired)
01 330ci Orient Blue/Black (retired)
96 328is Montreal Blue/Gray (retired)
Appreciate 0
      10-05-2006, 02:56 PM   #7
E90Fleet
Major General
South Africa
155

 
Drives: BMW
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: South Africa


Posts: 8,082
iTrader: (0)

Remember there are approved and non approved Mobil1 oils

The approved mobil 1 one in the USA is the 0W-40 one

Best one to get is the BMW one, then you know its the proper one
__________________
Nominated: Member of the Year, Most Contributing Member


BMW if you are reading, I need a job
Appreciate 0
      10-05-2006, 02:56 PM   #8
katsbimmer
Captain
22

 
Drives: 2010 e90 328i Msport
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Pt. St. Lucie,fl.


Posts: 850
iTrader: (5)

Garage List
2010 328i LCI E90  [5.00]
2006 325i  [0.00]
Thanx guys...it looks like BMW oil to be safe...
__________________
AW 2010 E90 LCI
Appreciate 0
      10-05-2006, 03:02 PM   #9
nyc3r
Colonel
United_States
33

 
nyc3r's Avatar
 
Drives: E90
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: USA


Posts: 2,589
iTrader: (24)

Mobile 1 5w30
Appreciate 0
      10-05-2006, 03:17 PM   #10
E90Fleet
Major General
South Africa
155

 
Drives: BMW
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: South Africa


Posts: 8,082
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by nyc3r
Mobile 1 5w30
Not approved by BMW

The only approved USA Mobil1 is the 0W-40 one


http://www.mobil1.com/USA-English/Mo...l_1_0W-40.aspx
__________________
Nominated: Member of the Year, Most Contributing Member


BMW if you are reading, I need a job
Appreciate 0
      10-05-2006, 03:20 PM   #11
Brunotheboxer
Brigadier General
United_States
75

 
Brunotheboxer's Avatar
 
Drives: 2014 Shelby GT500.
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Boston/Cape Cod


Posts: 3,003
iTrader: (0)

i've heard that redline motor oil is very good. http://www.redlineoil.com/
__________________


"...I maybe drunk, but you're ugly, and I can sober up..."
Appreciate 0
      10-05-2006, 03:21 PM   #12
ShinBalNom
Captain
United_States
10

 
ShinBalNom's Avatar
 
Drives: AW 330i
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: So. CAL


Posts: 669
iTrader: (1)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr. BMW
Buy it at the dealer and if you have the BMW CCA membership you save 20%.
How do you join this BMW CCA membership?
Appreciate 0
      10-05-2006, 03:25 PM   #13
katsbimmer
Captain
22

 
Drives: 2010 e90 328i Msport
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Pt. St. Lucie,fl.


Posts: 850
iTrader: (5)

Garage List
2010 328i LCI E90  [5.00]
2006 325i  [0.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by E90Fleet
Not approved by BMW

The only approved USA Mobil1 is the 0W-40 one


http://www.mobil1.com/USA-English/Mo...l_1_0W-40.aspx
WOW!!! ..nice link... maybe i'll try this one...i run EP Mobil 1..w/ the gold cap in my Honda CBR 1000RR and thats a high reving motor...
__________________
AW 2010 E90 LCI
Appreciate 0
      10-05-2006, 03:26 PM   #14
shimshimhada
Brigadier General
United_States
78

 
shimshimhada's Avatar
 
Drives: Portal
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Portal


Posts: 4,839
iTrader: (2)

BMW Oil, you can get 7 quarts and a filter for under $40 with the CCA membership.
Appreciate 0
      10-05-2006, 03:33 PM   #15
Mr. BMW
Captain
18

 
Mr. BMW's Avatar
 
Drives: 2006 330i
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: MA


Posts: 916
iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2006 330i  [0.00]
2003 Pathfinder  [0.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by ShinBalNom
How do you join this BMW CCA membership?
Checkout this link:
http://www.bmwcca.org/Join_And_Renew
__________________
06 330i Monaco Blue/Black
11 Land Rover LR2(Winter Beater)
02 X5 3.0 Topaz Blue/Black (retired)
01 330ci Orient Blue/Black (retired)
96 328is Montreal Blue/Gray (retired)
Appreciate 0
      10-05-2006, 03:34 PM   #16
e90fanatic
Absolute0
No_Country
71

 
e90fanatic's Avatar
 
Drives: Has a Roundel
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: TO/HK/NJ


Posts: 5,018
iTrader: (6)

Garage List
2006 330i  [0.00]
Send a message via AIM to e90fanatic
my dealer sells it cheaper than i can get mobil 1 for...so i bought bmw oil
__________________
To procede or not to procede......
Appreciate 0
      10-05-2006, 03:36 PM   #17
Mr. BMW
Captain
18

 
Mr. BMW's Avatar
 
Drives: 2006 330i
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: MA


Posts: 916
iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2006 330i  [0.00]
2003 Pathfinder  [0.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by E90Fleet
Not approved by BMW

The only approved USA Mobil1 is the 0W-40 one


http://www.mobil1.com/USA-English/Mo...l_1_0W-40.aspx
0W-40? Why is it that the dealer gives you 5W-30?
__________________
06 330i Monaco Blue/Black
11 Land Rover LR2(Winter Beater)
02 X5 3.0 Topaz Blue/Black (retired)
01 330ci Orient Blue/Black (retired)
96 328is Montreal Blue/Gray (retired)
Appreciate 0
      10-05-2006, 03:40 PM   #18
gos
Captain
11

 
Drives: E90 330xi
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Colorado


Posts: 960
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr. BMW
0W-40? Why is it that the dealer gives you 5W-30?
The Castrol Full Synthetic 5W-30 is approved, the Mobil One 5W-30 is *NOT*. Note that, as others have said, the Mobil One 0W-40 is an approved oil.

Not all 5W-30 oil is created equal.

I got billed $6.24/qt for the 5W-30 castrol at the dealership when getting my oil changed early, which is within $0.20/qt of what the local autozone charges for it.
__________________
--
330xi SG/Terra/Burl -- ZPP, ZSP, ZCW, CA, Sirius, PDC
Appreciate 0
      10-05-2006, 03:45 PM   #19
katsbimmer
Captain
22

 
Drives: 2010 e90 328i Msport
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Pt. St. Lucie,fl.


Posts: 850
iTrader: (5)

Garage List
2010 328i LCI E90  [5.00]
2006 325i  [0.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr. BMW
Nice... I just joined the club :rocks:
__________________
AW 2010 E90 LCI
Appreciate 0
      10-05-2006, 04:01 PM   #20
Ghunger
Major
United_States
11

 
Ghunger's Avatar
 
Drives: 330i
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Seattle, WA


Posts: 1,025
iTrader: (0)

I had my break in oil change done at an independent shop and they used the BMW Syn 5w-30.
__________________

330i Monaco Blue, Terra /w aluminum trim, SP, PP, CA, PDC, Nav, Folding Seats, Sat Prep
European Delivery Blog
Picture Gallery
Appreciate 0
      10-05-2006, 04:43 PM   #21
shragon
Moderator
No_Country
319

 
shragon's Avatar
 
Drives: 2006 325i SG Sedan
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Bay Area, CA


Posts: 27,450
iTrader: (7)

i've use mobil 1 5w30 in the past (also in my last bmw). i'm not too concerned about it not being bmw long-life approved since i don't follow bmw's oil change interval, which in my opinion is too long.

however, i may just switch to bmw synthetic 5w30 in the future as it seems to be actually a tad bit cheaper than mobil 1.

other weird thing is bmw approves mobil 1 5w30 to be used if your oil is low and you need to top it off.
__________________
Appreciate 0
      10-05-2006, 06:13 PM   #22
nhhiep
Captain
15

 
Drives: bmw
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Arizona


Posts: 739
iTrader: (0)

If you can buy BMW oil, do it. it's safer this way. why do you have to mess with other brands for? BMW oil is not much more expensive, in fact, it's the same or could be less.
Appreciate 0
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:57 AM.




e90post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST