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Old 01-17-2013, 01:32 PM   #7
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BMW LL-01 approved oils(will say on the back of the bottle) if you want to run the full BMW service intervals as counted down on your instrument cluster; roughly 15,000 miles.

Any old 5W-30 will work fine if you want to do 3000 mile oil change intervals, though that costs quite a bit more in parts, time, and labor than using the BMW approved stuff.

Or you could do like what a lot of people do on this forum and use BMW approved oil for shorter than standard intervals.

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