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Old 01-02-2013, 01:33 AM   #21
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check for the local deals in auto zone/advanced auto/oriely's/pepboys.....
You will usually get 5 quarts for around $30 on either of the following with a filter. Not all of them carry filter for our cars though, so I just get filter for my other car or for someone I know.

I was using mobil1 0w40.
Then switched to castrol edge 0w30.
Castrol edge 5w40 is also LL01 approved.

Do not use the oil that is not LL01 spec.

PS: Local Autozone had 5 qt castrol edge 0w30 for $30 a couple of weeks ago when I bought it and pep boys had it for $27 for 5 qts 2 months ago.

You just need to search for a deal, you will get it cheaper than walmart.
On the Castrol Edge 5w40 will I be looking for the "euro formula" on the bottle or just "made in Germany"
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On the Castrol Edge 5w40 will I be looking for the "euro formula" on the bottle or just "made in Germany"
LL01 or ACEA A3, B3.
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Old 01-02-2013, 06:39 AM   #23
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On the Castrol Edge 5w40 will I be looking for the "euro formula" on the bottle or just "made in Germany"
"BMW LL01(Longlife)" on the back label.
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Decided i'm going to do my own oil change, and want to stick to Castrol, or maybe Mobile1.

What i'm reading is an oil that is "spec" would be castrol 0w30 Euro formula?
and that something like this
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Castrol-Ed...-5-qt/17253569
wouldn't be ideal?

I'm learning here so...
Find a manual for your particular model and refer to the oil specs therein. Go with that. Whathave you got? Year and model.
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Old 01-02-2013, 02:05 PM   #25
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Find a manual for your particular model and refer to the oil specs therein. Go with that. Whathave you got? Year and model.
02 325i
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Any LL01 oil. If it doesn't meet LL01 then it needs to meet ACEA A3, B3 minimum. It's so very simple.

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Old 01-05-2013, 08:11 PM   #27
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Just an update.

LAdy at autozone price matched walmarts M1 0w40 for me. Walmart didn't have it. So picked up 8Q for 60$
Did the oil change today, was really easy.

When I originally bought the car a few months ago, I was having all the leaks fixed and had non synth valvoline put in. idk what weight.
Car feels much smoother after the change.

So quick question. I put in 7Q and checked the dip stick, it was at the "low" mark. So I ran the engine, checked it, and let it cool then checked it again, was still low. I ended up putting 7.6Q in to get it to the "full" mark.
Seems odd?
I let the car drain for a while, and leveled it after it stopped dripping to get some more out.

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Old 01-05-2013, 09:45 PM   #28
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Where's goingnuts, he used to be all over these oil threads
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Where's goingnuts, he used to be all over these oil threads
Okay fine I'll do it, someone has to.

Ahem:

You are using the wrong oil. Only BMW oil is to be used for oil changes. BMW LL-01 oil is only for topping up only, BMW does not recommend using them for a full oil change. You should only use Castrol for topping up, because BMW recommends Castrol.

Mobil 1 0w40 has smaller molecules than Castrol and it leaks through gaskets. I've verified this because I had leaks when I topped up using Mobil 1. You should only use Castrol for topping off.*











*These are things GoingNuts has actually said
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Where's goingnuts, he used to be all over these oil threads
His last post was in Nov 2011. He's either sold his E46 and moved on, or changed his user name.
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He's on bf.c these days... and spouting out more or less the same nonsense.

Though he does seem to have a stronger fixation on Hondas than before
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He's on bf.c these days... and spouting out more or less the same nonsense.

Though he does seem to have a stronger fixation on Hondas than before
****. HOW COULD I HAVE FORGOTTEN?!

Buy a Honda.
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Well alrighty then.
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I buy the dealer oil. I run it about 8K miles and its not near as nasty as mobile one at 8K miles.

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I just got myself 10L of Quaker State Ultimate Durability Full Synthetic 5w-30 motor oil for dirt cheap



I am gonna use that for the next 7-8k miles and see if my engine blows up.

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I just got myself 10L of Quaker State Ultimate Durability Full Synthetic motor oil for dirt cheap



I am gonna use that for the next 7-8k miles and see if my engine blows up.
It won't. What spec is the oil anyway?
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I have used castrol gtx full synthetic 5w30 for as long as I have had the car and so did the previous owner (all the service records were kept in the glove box) and I am yet to have a malfunction oil related. I also own a shop and we use that for all cars requiring synthetic

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It won't. What spec is the oil anyway?
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The breakdown-resistant formula of Quaker State® Ultimate Durability***8482; Q Horsepower® 5W30 Synthetic Motor Oil delivers consistent lubrication for enhanced protection from friction-related engine wear.

Product Features:
Enhanced resistance to engine stress at high rpms and under heavy loads
Formulated to resist thermal and viscosity breakdown
Consistent lubrication at both high and low temperatures
Meets the performance specifications of API SM, ILSAC GF-4, ACEA A5-02, Chrysler MS-6395Q, Ford WSS-M2C929A, GM 6094M and GM 4718M
Made in the USA

Not BMW LL-01 but who cares. Local mechanics have been putting the same spec Castrol Edge in all BMW cars. Just don't change them at 15k BMW dealer intervals

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I have used castrol gtx full synthetic 5w30 for as long as I have had the car and so did the previous owner (all the service records were kept in the glove box) and I am yet to have a malfunction oil related. I also own a shop and we use that for all cars requiring synthetic

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I use Shell Rotella T6 5w40 Synthetic. All of my friends use this oil as well in their BMW's. Shell Rotella is a great oil and can be picked up for half the price of other synthetic oil when purchased at menards or walmart

In addition to me, here is a bimmerforums review thread for T6
http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1488700
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