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      01-08-2011, 04:22 PM   #1
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non BMW oil just as good?

i have to do an oil change on my my car and i dont want to pay for the over priced oil at the dealership. does any body know what the non bmw equivalent is? what non bmw oil do you use? i have the 335 with with 50K on it. which one should i use? thanks.
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search for there oil change kits not every dealership gouges for everything.
Also Turner motorsports and some of the other aftermarket .coms sell BMW Oil at no more than what you would pay for mobil 1.
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How much is your dealer selling it for? I work for a BMW dealer and its less than I would pay at Autozone or someplace for a full synthetic.
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search for there oil change kits not every dealership gouges for everything.
Also Turner motorsports and some of the other aftermarket .coms sell BMW Oil at no more than what you would pay for mobil 1.
i wanna do it today since i have time so i dont wanna have to wait to have it shipped.
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How much is your dealer selling it for? I work for a BMW dealer and its less than I would pay at Autozone or someplace for a full synthetic.
its 8 something a quart.
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I would probably go with what the oil cap says, "BMW recommends Castrol" pick up some Castrol Syntec 5W30 and your good to go. Its not cheap but neither is a BMW so there ya go.
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already found the answer i was looking for. thanks guys. (except express705 =P)
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its 8 something a quart.
Holy Crap! We are less than $7.
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i buy in bulk.. last time i bought, i paid 130 for 14 quarts and 2 filters. do the math
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In order to do the math I need to know how many quarts you use in the oil change. /s
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remember the $130 includes tax (6%) and the 2 oil filters, and 14 quarts.
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i pay 6.40 a quart for oil at bmw

and seriousely if buying oil is a problem get a honda $20 oil changes
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Castrol but Euro Castrol

Not that I think it will cause catastrophe to use something else.


SAE 0W–30:
Castrol SYNTEC 0W-30 European Formula is engineered to meet the Mercedes Benz 229.5 specification*. The 0W-30 viscosity grade is ideal for winter conditions where low temperature pumpability is required. A unique, low-temperature formulation provides exceptional pumpability in cold weather and allows for unaided engine starts down to -40F. Exceeds all car and light truck manufacturer’s warranty requirements for the protection of gasoline, diesel and turbocharged engines where API SL, SJ, SH, CF or CD is recommended. Exceeds European ACEA: A3, B3, B4; VW 502 00, 505 00; MB 229.1, 229.3, 229.5; BMW LL-01; GM-LLA-025, GM-LL-B-025 and the engine protection requirements of ILSAC GF-3 for API Certified Gasoline Engine Oils.

I saw it on the shelf at pep boys it was the same price as regular syntec . 8 bucks now
mobil one cost the same

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I chanced onto the "bob is the oil guy" forums. Holy crap. There seems to be no less than freaking petroleum engineers, chemists, and race mechanics over there. There were technical discussions of base stocks and which were better for turbo, diesel, NA, race applications. There were discussions on the meaning of all those parameters you get back from those blackstone oil reports. There were discussions of boutique oils (I didn't even know there were such things). Motul was mentioned a lot. There was even discussion about some apparently way cool and desirable properties of some vegetable-derived oils (a new class of synthetic oil, I guess).

Based on their discussions, I ended up getting a case of Mobil 1 0w40.
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I was wondering what the deal is with the $17 5-qt Wal Mart fully synthetic. Even Wal Mart sells full dino that cost more than $17 for a 5-qt jug. My wife's uncle says even though it's fully synthetic, it's somehow different than Mobil 1.
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I chanced onto the "bob is the oil guy" forums. Holy crap. There seems to be no less than freaking petroleum engineers, chemists, and race mechanics over there. There were technical discussions of base stocks and which were better for turbo, diesel, NA, race applications. There were discussions on the meaning of all those parameters you get back from those blackstone oil reports. There were discussions of boutique oils (I didn't even know there were such things). Motul was mentioned a lot. There was even discussion about some apparently way cool and desirable properties of some vegetable-derived oils (a new class of synthetic oil, I guess).

Based on their discussions, I ended up getting a case of Mobil 1 0w40.
I once joined (not kidding) a snowblower forum, and those boys were so into it that it wasn't even funny. What they knew blew my mind. I asked a question about the particular Tecumseh 9HP motor that I had and some guys knew all about it.
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