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Old 01-12-2013, 01:21 AM   #1
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BMW oil vs other oils

Okay, I've read many forums about which oil I should use or which one are the best for my car(2000 323ci), but I've never gotten a straight answer from any of them. So, my question is: Which oil would be best for my car, it's says: use BMW 5w30 high performance Oil only on my engine. But I've read people using mobil 1 ow40? Or castrol edge 5w30? Which oil and oil weight would be the best for my car beside the BMW oil? Or is that the best oil to use on my car?
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Old 01-12-2013, 04:11 PM   #2
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In before everybody rips you a new one your welcome And just so u know it doesn't really matter which oil you use as long as its BMW ll-01 approved personally I use Mobil 1 synthetic 5-30 and I've stuck with that with no problems it's not ll-01 approved one (0-40) but its more readily available in my area and cheaper and I've had no problems so take what you will from that
And link for your convenience http://www.bmwusa.com/Standard/Conte...ngineOils.aspx

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Old 01-12-2013, 04:41 PM   #3
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As 325isk pointed out, any of the LL01 BMW-approved oils on their web site will work. I use BMW approved Mobil 1 0-40w, because I like 0 weight in the winter and 40 weight in the summer, and I don't like to change oil seasonally (versus by mileage).

As an aside (and not to razz on you), I see many posts on different forums like this .... "I've read everything there is to read, but none answer my unique question, which is (something basic)."
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:55 AM   #4
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how have you never gotten a straight answer? use your brain a little more and read. Jesus.

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I see many posts on different forums like this .... "I've read everything there is to read, but none answer my unique question, which is (something basic)."
All that says is: "I didn't actually read the threads, just glanced and wasn't able to dissect the information that I didn't fully understand anyways so all of you can do the work."


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"Your engine was designed to operate with oil in a certain viscosity range, which is a kV100 of roughly between 11.3 cSt and 14.5 cSt and an HTHS of at least 3.5 mPas @ 150C. If you deviate too much from that range, your engine will wear prematurely, especially if you drive it hard.

The kV100 range for an SAE 30 oil is 9.3 to <12.5 cSt and for an SAE 40 range it's 12.5 to <16.3 range. The minimum HTHS requirement for both ranges is 2.9.

So it should be obvious that merely buying a 5W-30 or 5W-40 oil does not guarantee your oil will be within the correct viscosity range for your car. Furthermore, merely buying an API SJ, SL, or SM oil does not guarantee your oil will be in the correct viscosity range. If you buy an ACEA A3 oil, you can at least be sure you'll have the correct HTHS, but that's about it.

So what's the easiest way to make sure you've got the correct oil for your car. Use a BMW LL-01, LL-04, or even LL-98 if you've got a M52TU.

As for the proposition "I'm also going to choose an oil based on current (2008) oil specs and capabilities rather than relying on that old partially complete list BMW put together in 2001 (LL-01)", that's just pure inanity from a well known ignoramus.

If you actually want to learn something about the appropriate oil for your car, follow the "Oil" link below in the sig. If all you want to do blather on about how you've seen through the conspiracy the BMW/neocon/freemason cabal has foisted upon the sheeple, by all means carry on."



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Old 01-16-2013, 01:25 PM   #5
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Just buy the BMW oil, I can get 7qts and a filter for about $75, and I don't have to give it a second thought.
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:22 PM   #6
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In before everybody rips you a new one your welcome And just so u know it doesn't really matter which oil you use as long as its BMW ll-01 approved personally I use Mobil 1 synthetic 5-30 and I've stuck with that with no problems it's not ll-01 approved one (0-40) but its more readily available in my area and cheaper and I've had no problems so take what you will from that
And link for your convenience http://www.bmwusa.com/Standard/Conte...ngineOils.aspx
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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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