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      12-04-2012, 08:51 AM   #1
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N54 engine oil

I need to put some oil in the car and I've been told that the halfords oil is actually from shell. The 5w30 oil that I've been recommended is half the price of the equivalent mobile1 stuff. Will this be okay?
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is it LL04 spec?
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      12-04-2012, 09:03 AM   #3
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is it LL04 spec?
Yes it says:

Acea a3 b4 c3
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Meets requirements of BMW ll-04
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Why not use Castrol?
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      12-04-2012, 12:26 PM   #5
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Why not use Castrol?
I dunno you tell me. Should I use castrol? I'm not fussed I'd just rather spend £30 rather than £50 as anyone would unless its justified. Is the castrol the best or is the halfords shell stuff just the same?
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Doubt it's exactly the same. May be made to the same standard etc but one may meet the standard and one may exceed it etc.

I'd only run my engine with the best oil.

Go to Eurocarparts and use a discount code to get a good price on the premium stuff
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agree with above castrol from ecp ll04 5w30 fully syn 26 or so for 4 litres using discount code
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Doubt it's exactly the same. May be made to the same standard etc but one may meet the standard and one may exceed it etc.

I'd only run my engine with the best oil.

Go to Eurocarparts and use a discount code to get a good price on the premium stuff
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Don't forget Mobil 1 too, I find it better than Castrol Edge personally.

Not to say Edge is a terrible oil but experience has shown my car to be a bit happier on Mobil 1
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Don't forget Mobil 1 too, I find it better than Castrol Edge personally.

Not to say Edge is a terrible oil but experience has shown my car to be a bit happier on Mobil 1
"Better"? How can you tell?!?
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"Better"? How can you tell?!?
It pulled a lot better after the service I put Mobil in.

Previous service I put in Edge which replaced Edge, didn't see such a improvement.
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"Better"? How can you tell?!?
It pulled a lot better after the service I put Mobil in.

Previous service I put in Edge which replaced Edge, didn't see such a improvement.
I find this so amusing, to think that different engine oils can make the engine noticeably stronger.
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I find that my car goes faster, smoother and quieter after I have cleaned and polished it. No kidding. LOL.
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It pulled a lot better after the service I put Mobil in.

Previous service I put in Edge which replaced Edge, didn't see such a improvement.
Ummm, OK. Never experienced it myself - not even subjectively after the car has had a service thinking it's got clean oil, filter, new plugs, etc. No difference at all!
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Don't forget Mobil 1 too, I find it better than Castrol Edge personally.

Not to say Edge is a terrible oil but experience has shown my car to be a bit happier on Mobil 1
All in your head mate.

My engine has a Castrol especially designed for it. So that's what goes in!
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All in your head mate.

My engine has a Castrol especially designed for it. So that's what goes in!
Which Castrol is that? When I had my M3s, they used to use Mobil 1 - that was BMW's flavour of the month then before they "recommended Castrol"...
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Which Castrol is that? When I had my M3s, they used to use Mobil 1 - that was BMW's flavour of the month then before they "recommended Castrol"...
Agreed. Call me a cynic but I suspect that BMW "recommend Castrol" because they get paid to say so. Alledgedly. What matters, I'd have thought, is the specification? Surely if an oil meets/exceeds the spec then you're fine.
I use Titan Race Pro S 5W-40 purchased from Opie Oils on special offer.
As for "it makes my car run better.......", never noticed this at all, sorry.

It doesn't state that it's long life, but I would NEVER change the oil and filter as infrequently as the BMW iDrive suggests. 15,000 miles in the N54 engine? I don't think so.

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Which Castrol is that? When I had my M3s, they used to use Mobil 1 - that was BMW's flavour of the month then before they "recommended Castrol"...
Mine is an E46, and they had engine bearing issues. BMW asked Castrol to do some Investigation.

Anyhow, Castrol developed another 10w60 but this time with a higher shear strength which was able to cope with the tight tolerences ad 8k limit of the highly strung S54.

So they have two 10W60 oils, one especially formulated for the S54.
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Agreed. Call me a cynic but I suspect that BMW "recommend Castrol" because they get paid to say so. Alledgedly. What matters, I'd have thought, is the specification? Surely if an oil meets/exceeds the spec then you're fine.
I use Titan Race Pro S 5W-40 purchased from Opie Oils on special offer.
As for "it makes my car run better.......", never noticed this at all, sorry.
Exactly, it's all marketing BS. (maybe in dxbs S54 situation it seems a specific product is involved, but thats not the N54 situation)

LL04 is not a 'high' spec, it is BMWs own spec for longlife oil, for which oil manufacturers have to pay BMW to obtain so they can put it on their bottles.

In fact car manufacturers oil specs are often compromises between oil manufacturers and car manufacturers to produce a cheaper LOWER spec oil, but which is approved by the car manufcturer, so all seems OK.


The Fuchs (nee Silkolene) Titan Race pro S 5W-40 is a full ester (not blended nor a mineral based synthetic) synthetic which blows all these regular castrol / mobil products away.

Its just with it being a low volume product, Fuchs don't want to pay BMW to get the LL04 'approval' label for their bottle.
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Yes it says:

Acea a3 b4 c3
5w30
Fully synthetic
Meets requirements of BMW ll-04
ACEA A3 is the important one for the N54, that is for high performance petrol engines on long service intervals and it exceeds BMW LL04.

The Fuchs Titan Pro is ACEA A3.

But most castrol edge oils are only ACEA Bx or Cx rated which is for diesels.
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The Fuchs (nee Silkolene) Titan Race pro S 5W-40 is a full ester (not blended nor a mineral based synthetic) synthetic which blows all these regular castrol / mobil products away.
Good info Doughboy, but Mobil 1 0W-40 is made from synthetic basestocks with zero mineral content, unlike, as far as I know, all Castrol 'synthetics' other than the German-made 0W-30
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