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Old 10-07-2012, 06:19 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by MJLavelle View Post
Let's face it, it is not common knowledge to people who do not use the forum that the e46 requires a specific spec oil, and even if they did read the owners manual, it is not entirely clear on the subject.
If he was a relatively new owner, or not a very active member, then he probably just did not know. On my first oil change, I used Royal Purple, and then I drained all $60 worth of it out a few days later, after reading a bit more.
I think this page from the BimmerWiki should be a sticky on the General Forum. Go to the "Oil Service" section. It lists a ton of options that meet the LL-01 spec, and lists some brands I have never heard of:
Many cars require specific oil. Apart from the missing critical info in the U.S owners manual there is a general lack of knowledge about oil. Thinking 10W30 is thicker than 5W30 for instance when it can be thicker or thinner at operating temperature.
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