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      11-22-2011, 08:58 PM   #45
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I have been using crisco and the car runs great, Used to use extra virgin olive oil and that was great as well :-)
0w-30 Olive oil all the way!

I also spray pledge furniture oil on the oil filter before installation.

Love how the car smells after a long drive, except for the black smoke billowing out from under the hood the car is holding out really well.
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I also spray pledge furniture oil on the oil filter before installation. ove how the car smells after a long drive, except for the black smoke billowing out from under the hood the car is holding out really well.
Glim, have you tried putting used varsol in the gas tank? Saves money, so you can buy more extra virgin olive oil and then you can change more frequently.
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0w-30 Olive oil all the way!

I also spray pledge furniture oil on the oil filter before installation.

Love how the car smells after a long drive, except for the black smoke billowing out from under the hood the car is holding out really well.
This may damage the VANOS solenoids, bad idea!
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0w-30 Olive oil all the way!

I also spray pledge furniture oil on the oil filter before installation.

Love how the car smells after a long drive, except for the black smoke billowing out from under the hood the car is holding out really well.
This may damage the VANOS solenoids, bad idea!
Got that part covered, literally, I dipped the solenoids in plasti dip and painted them with glidden fence stain.
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One day they will run on oil from algae fished out from the pond in the backyard
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Got that part covered, literally, I dipped the solenoids in plasti dip and painted them with glidden fence stain.
What color? It's very important that you used the correct color, or else the oil color monitor will malfunction and throw a shadow code in the ECU. This code can only be cleared by BMW's CEO, Dr. Norbert Reithofer, using his personal version of the GT1. It's a VERY expensive process; your car has to be shipped to the BMW Welt to have Dr. Reithofer clear the code. I've recently read that Bavarian Tech is working on a software update to have the code owner-clearable (but it will only be in the professional version of the BT Scan tool).

Oh, and did you perform the extra curing process for the plasti-dip? It's 2 hours in the kitchen oven at a temp of 173.3 degrees F.
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color doesn't mean anything...... and m1 5w30 is kinda wrong oil since its not really synthetic, not because its not stamped by BMW

I change oil when ever I feel like it and have free time.....every 5-8k I guess
Agreed. With synthetics, oil color is not an clear sign of wear.
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What your motor looks like when you change it at bmw specs
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What your motor looks like when you change it at bmw specs
This picture is sooooo old and has been debunked soooo many times.
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If you change your oil based upon oil color then you should change it with every fill-up.

You guys are the darlings of the oil industry and the reason why places like Iffy lube stay in business.

You bitch and moan about putting 91/93 octane in your cars yet waste much more money with completely unnecessary oil changes.

Ignorance is bliss.
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This is crazy. The colour is how you judge the viscosity of oil? LOL. Hey change your oil when you want....it is simply varying degrees of wasted money. For me, I feel better changing it every 12000kms or approx 6 months. Given there is literally no proof of BMW engines crapping out on the schedule they provide what the hell are we arguing about here? I do a change half way in between the recommended change out of shear fear, uncertainty and doubt......and yes I can afford an extra $140 a year.
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This is crazy. The colour is how you judge the viscosity of oil? LOL. Hey change your oil when you want....it is simply varying degrees of wasted money. For me, I feel better changing it every 12000kms or approx 6 months. Given there is literally no proof of BMW engines crapping out on the schedule they provide what the hell are we arguing about here? I do a change half way in between the recommended change out of shear fear, uncertainty and doubt......and yes I can afford an extra $140 a year.
This is precisely the issue. Facts vs. fear and uncertainty. The facts are BMW engines run perfectly fine with CBS 15K OCIs, don't wear out at 100K miles and that Blackstone Labs UOA on BMW 15K mile OCIs show the oil to be fine for additional service. None of this should be a surprise. BMW isn't in the warranty replacement engine business.
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Does anybody know for sure if the BMW dealerships themselves use their own BMW Synthetic 5W-30?
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Does anybody know for sure if the BMW dealerships themselves use their own BMW Synthetic 5W-30?
If they sell it to the public, why wouldn't they use it too?
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Does anybody know for sure if the BMW dealerships themselves use their own BMW Synthetic 5W-30?
Dealerships are independently owed like most if not all other brands. So, like other brands, there is always a chance that a dealership could use another oil. Since most oil changes performed by the dealers are under free maintenance there may be some sort of inventory system setup between BMW and the dealership. Who knows or cares imo.
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Like others said, color is not an indicator you need to test viscosity of it. Unless you beat on the car, BMW engineers would know better when you should change oil (or when it's needed to be changed). Don't run cheap oil and you will have no problems.

If you want to be scientific instead of playing who has a bigger penis, send oil to a lab at 5K change and then send it to a lab at 15K change. Other then that all of you are full of shit without hard data to back your claims up.

I simply change at more frequent intervals for my own piece of mind. it is truly a personal preference until you research and have hard data to support your claim. However - If you buy a 50k car - don't skimp on the details!


I change oil after 3-4k but I have a different engine and probably working on my car anyways. But with that said, if your oil degrades after 5K you are running a shitty oil. Newer oil should not have 'less' debris. The filter is there for a reason.

I can't, but I assume you are changing your transmission and diff fluid along with coolant and power steering every 5K too?
Engine oil filter will not catch all debris and over time even the best oils breakdown. You are correct though - I change all fluids at a greater interval than factory recommendations. When was the last time a dealership gave you advise that was actually in your best interest?
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The debris it does not catch will not damage your engine, again did you run tests on oil filters BMW uses? Please provide scientific data of what it does not filter. Or are you talking out of your ass?

The maintenance is not passed from the dealer, it's passed from engineers. If it was dealership's call you would be back in for fluid changes every month.

Please continue on talking out of your ass.
please keep on changing your oil every 15k...I prefer my rotation of 5k. How is that talking out my ass?

My car - My $$, absolutely nothing wrong with more frequent fluid changes than what is recommended from the engineers that are paying for my car and any related engine issues. :roll eyes:
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That makes a lot of sense, go change it at 5K no body is stopping you but refrain from giving your 'advice'; if I was looking for that type of advice I would visit a local AutoZone.
ok - where did I tell people to change oil at 5k or suffer the wrath of the oil sludge gods? you're the one asking for laboratory proof - where is your lab tested "proof"?

my opinion is just that - mine. you obviously feel passionately about the 15k rule - so be it.

I shower every day, is that a waste of water too..? Idiot...
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and the thread is still going..


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and the thread is still going..


This getting almost as bad as me and Clifton...
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Every oil thread has to end with name calling, we need a new section just for oil.

It can start with a disclaimer covering allowed names and acceptable profanity, all with an under 18 clause.

Can have its own emoticons too, I suggest: bathing in oil, cooking in oil, throwing oil at each other and one confused happy face taking his oil in for analysis.
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Every oil thread has to end with name calling, we need a new section just for oil.

It can start with a disclaimer covering allowed names and acceptable profanity, all with an under 18 clause.

Can have its own emoticons too, I suggest: bathing in oil, cooking in oil, throwing oil at each other and one confused happy face taking his oil in for analysis.
Maybe we could start with an intense (and reasoned) discussion of how many angels can dance in a drop of oil??

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