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Old 08-16-2012, 06:06 PM   #41
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I run cold pressed virgin coconut oil.
Cold pressed virgins are more fun if you warm them up first.
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Old 08-16-2012, 06:59 PM   #42
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With just over 100k miles, I burn a quart every 2500 miles or so. No leaks. VCG, OFHG and CCV all replaced around 90k miles.
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Old 08-16-2012, 07:05 PM   #43
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Old 08-16-2012, 08:34 PM   #44
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Old 08-16-2012, 08:45 PM   #45
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So the question is why do some of our cars burn while others don't
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Old 08-16-2012, 09:05 PM   #46
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So the question is why do some of our cars burn while others don't

Some of them leak oil, others burn oil, others do both, and others don't do either.
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Old 08-16-2012, 09:54 PM   #47
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I use Castrol Full Synthetic 5w-30
Unless you mean the OEM BMW 5W30 made by Castrol then the one you're using doesn't meet spec (too thin, HTHS to low).
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Old 08-16-2012, 10:18 PM   #48
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Old 08-16-2012, 11:02 PM   #49
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Unless you mean the OEM BMW 5W30 made by Castrol then the one you're using doesn't meet spec (too thin, HTHS to low).
I switched from 10w30.. Get better performance from the 5.
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Old 08-17-2012, 01:21 AM   #50
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150k and doesn't burn a drop
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Old 08-17-2012, 03:51 AM   #51
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No oil burning here !
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Old 08-17-2012, 04:22 AM   #52
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I switched from 10w30.. Get better performance from the 5.
Neither meet spec. Why do people do this?
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Old 08-17-2012, 04:40 AM   #53
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Neither meet spec. Why do people do this?
The m54 engine is not all that different from the e36 six beaters that took anywhere from 5w30 to 20w50 without any trouble and most of them are still on the road.

Most of the work BMW has done with oil recently has been to stretch the amount of time between oil changes.

In reality if you use a semi synthetic 5w30 and changed it ever 4k miles or so you probably wouldn't be hurting much. The genius of the BMW Long Life stuff is that you can go 15k between oil changes without issue.

Im not saying I would do it, but it probably isn't going to kill your car.
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Old 08-17-2012, 05:15 AM   #54
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Mine burns oil when I drive it hard and I run very lightweight oil
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Old 08-17-2012, 05:15 AM   #55
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That might be the reason too
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Old 08-17-2012, 05:38 AM   #56
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I drive my car pretty hard so it burns about a quart every 6k or so
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Old 08-17-2012, 08:37 AM   #57
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The m54 engine is not all that different from the e36 six beaters that took anywhere from 5w30 to 20w50 without any trouble and most of them are still on the road.

Most of the work BMW has done with oil recently has been to stretch the amount of time between oil changes.

In reality if you use a semi synthetic 5w30 and changed it ever 4k miles or so you probably wouldn't be hurting much. The genius of the BMW Long Life stuff is that you can go 15k between oil changes without issue.

Im not saying I would do it, but it probably isn't going to kill your car.
Totally incorrect. The spec means it's a 30W that's closer to a 40W in viscosity when most are at the low end of the SAE scale and closer to a 20W. It also means HTHS meets or exceeds 3.5 when the majority of XW30's are below 3.0, and so on. Typical comment from somebody who doesn't understand oil!
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:29 AM   #58
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Totally incorrect. The spec means it's a 30W that's closer to a 40W in viscosity when most are at the low end of the SAE scale and closer to a 20W. It also means HTHS meets or exceeds 3.5 when the majority of XW30's are below 3.0, and so on. Typical comment from somebody who doesn't understand oil!
would have been nice if your rebuttal was understandable
then we'd all understand oil
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Old 08-17-2012, 12:04 PM   #59
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Neither meet spec. Why do people do this?
I switched to 5w30 for engine noise issues, it flows better then what the previous owners used.

And I originally bought my oil from the dealer, until I figured out what the rebranded 5w30 was.
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Old 08-17-2012, 03:29 PM   #60
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My car has 272k miles and burns 1qt every 500 miles. No leaks. OFHG, VCG and oil pan gasket replaced at 220k. CCV replaced at 225k miles and made no improvement. My car has always used oil but it got a lot worse after 150k miles.
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