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      06-12-2013, 05:27 AM   #1
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Oil...

Hi gents,

Now i know its covered and i know what grade etc etc is needed, but what do you guys use? and what do you recommend to use?

I just want to see what the mass' run in their cars oil wise, this is for a 320d engine?

Fire away with your recomendations of brand and quality

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      06-12-2013, 05:54 AM   #2
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im running 5w40 Gulf Competition Ester-Synthetic.

i sacked off the long-life shite as soon as i got the car. (after doing 2 flush cycles ~400miles each with 10w40 semi-synth)
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      06-12-2013, 06:17 AM   #3
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im running 5w40 Gulf Competition Ester-Synthetic.

i sacked off the long-life shite as soon as i got the car. (after doing 2 flush cycles ~400miles each with 10w40 semi-synth)
You changing that every 10k?
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      06-12-2013, 06:21 AM   #4
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every 7k for me
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      06-12-2013, 04:39 PM   #5
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I do mine every 3-5k but my oil is free so don't matter how much I do it.
Main reason I change early is due to my remap, don't fancy too much fuel in my oil!
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      06-13-2013, 03:37 AM   #6
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7k for me and only use castrol 0w30. Will however use mobil 1 but i always seem to find the castrol for cheaper
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      06-13-2013, 05:36 AM   #7
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So basically any good quality fully synth at the correct grades.

Just increase the frequency of change.

So now what grades? 0w30? or 5w40?

Isnt a 0w30 abit thin?
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thin oil is long life spec (so after 30k miles when normal oil would have congealed into a blob, the thin dishwater is starting to thicken up) i wouldn't be using 0w30
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Ok brilliant!

So a 5w40 fully synth (esther based ideally)

Thanks you
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When I purchased some oil for top up at main dealer it was edge 0w-30

they also gave me some free BMW screen wash
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0w30 Mobil one.
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Liqui moly should be available. It's LL04 and BMW approved. It's all we use at my shop
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My bmw dealer recommends 5w 30 castrol edge 320d 177lci?
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0w30 Magnatec, usually stock up when ECP have it on offer.
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LL04 0w30 is what is recommended by bmw. Castrol edge all day long!
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Don't forget it's not just the viscosity, if you have a DPF the oil needs to be a low ash or the DPF will die.
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Here you go, still sunny and still great visibility:



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I didn't want a n47 engined e90 so no dpf for me.

I'm going with a 5w40 Esther based oil.

Angel eyes look great on a pre lci.
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8 Litres of shell helix ultra extra 5w40 ordered for the old girl.

Along with new air filter, fuel filter, crankcase breath, oil filter..

Thanks for the advice guys
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Ooops, wrong thread, I wondered where ^^ that ^^ post ended up
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Don't forget it's not just the viscosity, if you have a DPF the oil needs to be a low ash or the DPF will die.
regarding the ash, from official tech specs i found that mobil 1 0w-30 & 5w-30 have 0.6 wt% , castrol edge 0w-30 & 5w-30 about 0.64-0.7 while castrol magnatec 5w-30 has 1.1 wt%
not sure what wt% is but you can see a comparison in values (from these, only magnatec seems to present a higher amount of ash)
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regarding the ash, from official tech specs i found that mobil 1 0w-30 & 5w-30 have 0.6 wt% , castrol edge 0w-30 & 5w-30 about 0.64-0.7 while castrol magnatec 5w-30 has 1.1 wt%
not sure what wt% is but you can see a comparison in values (from these, only magnatec seems to present a higher amount of ash)
wt% = mass fraction percentage by weight, or the amount that ends up as ash when heated to the test temperature for whatever the test duration may be.

Seems like Mobil 1 out performs C Edge in terms of ash production, or lack thereof.
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