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      08-12-2005, 03:27 PM   #1
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Question Actual Brand of Oil the Dealers use?

I know our E90 BMW's include oil changes but just would like to know the Brand of oil used? Castrol? Mobil1? I've asked the dealer and all he could tell me was it has the BMW emblem on the container! Thanks!!
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Castrol TXT 5W-30

BMW uses Castrol exclusivley due to their sponsorship with Formula 1
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Is 10w-30 ok to use?
There are no approved 10W-30 oils listed
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Only mobil 1's listed are

Mobil 1 0W-40 for the older LL-01 spec and
Mobil 1 ESP 5W-30 for the new LL-04 spec
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      08-13-2005, 11:27 AM   #5
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My dealer who is racing driver say`s use only Castrol.
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      08-13-2005, 01:22 PM   #6
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some more info at this forum thread...

LL04 oil - time to switch away from Mobil 1?
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      08-13-2005, 01:46 PM   #7
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some more info at this forum thread...

LL04 oil - time to switch away from Mobil 1?
Just to add to that :


The new Mobil 1 ESP 5W-30 is LL-04 approved

But ony the new diesels need LL-04, the N52 can use LL-01 approved oils
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      08-13-2005, 03:59 PM   #8
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My dealer says I would be wasting money by changing the oil after 1000 miles...

What do you guys think?
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      08-13-2005, 04:07 PM   #9
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That's a different topic altogether.

Do a search.

The consensus is to wait till at least 5000 miles before the first change, possibly because BMW uses a special oil initially for break-in purposes. Can anyont confirm that?
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      08-19-2005, 07:11 PM   #10
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I am almost a hundred percent certain that BMW does use a special break in oil, and with that being said it probably is a good idea to wait...
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