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Old 10-18-2009, 12:09 PM   #1
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what is the correct oil to use

I have a 2003 325i and was wondering what weight and type of Castrol engine oil to use when I change it and the filter...and can I get the filter some place beside the the local BMW dealer.
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Old 10-18-2009, 12:36 PM   #2
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I have a 2003 325i and was wondering what weight and type of Castrol engine oil to use when I change it and the filter...and can I get the filter some place beside the the local BMW dealer.
There are lots of places u can get the oil filter. You can try googling or u can try pelicanparts.com, there might also be a DIY there too. You can find 1 on this forum of course. As for oil, u can use any reputable oil at the 5w-40 grade. If u insist on castrol use a german made 0w-30 or go to your dealership for 5w-30. There are lots of oil thread on this forum, so dont be surprised if no 1 else answer to this thread.

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Old 10-18-2009, 12:47 PM   #3
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There are lots of places u can get the oil filter. You can try googling or u can try pelicanparts.com, there might also be a DIY there too. You can find 1 on this forum of course. As for oil, u can use any reputable oil at the 5w-40 grade. If u insist on castrol use a german made 0w-30 or go to your dealership for 5w-30. There are lots of oil thread on this forum, so dont be surprised if no 1 else answer to this thread.

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true, use the search bar first. and then if you can't find something after a 1/2 hr, then post. always state that you searched first, otherwise we'll say "".
on my last oil change i got 10w-60. i know it's high (and expensive), but it can be used even in vt winters. my indy mech had some extra left over from an ///m that was in earlier in the week. it's been running very smooth so far (may take a little longer to warm up though, but smooth).

*consider lubermoly (spelling?) since bmw considers it a little better than oem and i think its a little cheaper, too.
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Oh god... another oil thread?
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why are there oil threads? do people not have owner manuals? its written in your owners manual quit being so ****ing lazy, and how dumb are you that you can't figure this out on your own, the filter question is fine though, you can order 10 packs from tischer for $80, thats probably your best bet for oem filters
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Good thing bumping a two day old oil thread
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I have a 2003 325i and was wondering what weight and type of Castrol engine oil to use when I change it and the filter...and can I get the filter some place beside the the local BMW dealer.
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Old 10-20-2009, 03:12 PM   #9
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Yay for oil threads.

Although I don't have any sort of analysis, I switched to RP 10W40 this past oil change. My oil consumption hasn't gone down (but I've been driving the car really hard lately). I HAVE noticed the the car runs smoother and is quieter at idle. That's my .02. Coming from running M1 0W40.
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