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Old 08-29-2012, 06:31 PM   #1
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i have a 320ci and ive been using castrol 0w-40 untill now. i was wondering if
LIQUI MOLY 5W-40 would be any better?
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Old 08-29-2012, 06:40 PM   #2
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Old 08-29-2012, 08:14 PM   #3
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Depending on your location and your driving style the oil used will vary.

Your absolute best bet would be to go to an Authorized BMW Dealer in your village and ask this very same question one of the Approved BMW Certified mechanics .

If you ask this forum , you will be led in circles with no subjective answer

Go to the dealer, you cant go wrong. They'll answer any of your questions, you get to sit in new cars and on the way out you get a free lunch .
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Old 08-30-2012, 03:51 AM   #4
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hi

i have a 320ci and ive been using castrol 0w-40 untill now. i was wondering if
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If it meets LL01 yes, if it's LL04 no
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Old 08-30-2012, 08:54 AM   #5
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Old 08-30-2012, 09:05 AM   #6
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Old 08-30-2012, 09:22 AM   #7
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Is the syntec 0w40 LL01? I thought it was only the 0w30...

Sorry if this post doesn't make sense. I am writing on a cell phone.
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Old 08-30-2012, 09:46 AM   #8
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Why is this so hard for people. BMW has its own brand of oil. Use that and it's impossible to go wrong. You will not find anything cheaper or better.
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:09 AM   #10
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I don't think we have Castrol 0w40 here in the US, but Mobil1 0w40 is approved for European Vehicles and is what I use sometimes. I have used moly oil on occasion when I feel like ordering online and it's also fine for our vehicles. I don't think BMW oil is that much more costly, but I don't buy it because the local parts store is closer to me :-)
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Why is this so hard for people. BMW has its own brand of oil. Use that and it's impossible to go wrong. You will not find anything cheaper or better.

IT DOESN't exist in most countries as they use LL01/LL04 spec XW40
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IT DOESN't exist in most countries as they use LL01/LL04 spec XW40
If that's the case, then you read BMW's approved oil list for your region, put it on the wall, and throw a dart. Whichever it lands on is the oil you use. It's utterly pointless to ask which one to use on this forum. It's cluttering it up. There are probably a hundred threads on this very subject, and they all lead to the same conclusion: read BMW's oil list, choose one. Your manual states which weight to use given different climates.

It's all going to work the same way, with the same engine cleaning properties.
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Here is Oz, Mobil 1 5W30 comes in two version, normal 5W30 which is LL01 and ESP Formula 5W30 which is LL04. Anyone know which is better out of these two?
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Yes, excellent to condition your leather seats.
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Why is this so hard for people. BMW has its own brand of oil. Use that and it's impossible to go wrong. You will not find anything cheaper or better.
Bollox!

A). It doesn't exist in most countries

B). Far better LL01 oils are available
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Here is Oz, Mobil 1 5W30 comes in two version, normal 5W30 which is LL01 and ESP Formula 5W30 which is LL04. Anyone know which is better out of these two?
LL04 NOT to be used in Oz (or U.S)
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Why is this so hard for people. BMW has its own brand of oil. Use that and it's impossible to go wrong. You will not find anything cheaper or better.
lol, noob. BMW synthetic isn't sold in all countries, and a few offerings by Total and Liqui Moly are cheaper and debatably better.
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lol, noob. BMW synthetic isn't sold in all countries, and a few offerings by Total and Liqui Moly are cheaper and debatably better.
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Bollox!

A). It doesn't exist in most countries

B). Far better LL01 oils are available
1. See post #12

2. Prove to me that they're better somehow. It's such a stupid topic, change your oil every 7500-10k with some LL-01 and it's fine.

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BMW Long-life rating LL-01 Approved Synthetic Oils for the US Market:

Castrol Syntec European Formula SAE 0W-30

Mobil 1 SAE 0W-40

Pennzoil Platinum European Formula Ultra SAE 5W-30

Valvoline SynPower SAE 5W-30
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If you live in Europe, get any LL-04 oil.

Or even better, go to the dealership and say "Hey, what oil do you guys use when people get oil changes here?" It's so ****ing simple, there's no point in cluttering this forum with the same dumb question.

If you want to argue the pointless argument of "Which LL-01 oil is better," go to Bob's The Oil Guy, where absolutely no conclusion is ever made.

Just. Choose. One.
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1. See post #12

2. Prove to me that they're better somehow. It's such a stupid topic, change your oil every 7500-10k with some LL-01 and it's fine.



OR

If you live in Europe, get any LL-04 oil.

Or even better, go to the dealership and say "Hey, what oil do you guys use when people get oil changes here?" It's so ****ing simple, there's no point in cluttering this forum with the same dumb question.

If you want to argue the pointless argument of "Which LL-01 oil is better," go to Bob's The Oil Guy, where absolutely no conclusion is ever made.

Just. Choose. One.
You can start by proving why BMW synthetic is better since you made the first claim of "better", and you can also explain why you made it a point to say it was better if you "change your oil every 7500-10k with some LL-01 and it's fine."

or you can just be more humble and stop posting when you make bold statements that end up being wrong in most situations.
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