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Old 07-24-2013, 08:23 PM   #21
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Old 07-24-2013, 10:19 PM   #22
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It does not need to be "just right." There is an upper mark and a lower mark on the dipstick. The oil ONLY needs to be between the two marks, it does not have to be precisely at the top. When the oil level reaches the bottom mark, add a full quart, or liter depending on your market.

Yes, 10w30 is okay.
Nope, 0W or 5W only
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Old 07-24-2013, 10:33 PM   #23
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In before . Any oil is better than NO oil. Beyond that, use LL-01.
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Old 07-24-2013, 11:19 PM   #24
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It's right across the road from Strongbow.

But, those who haven't been shopping for oil recently may not have seen the recent "rollback" prices. If I didn't already have enough oil for all of our vehicles for the next 2 years, I'd have stocked up on it.
Yeah, although my WM was having the Mobil 1 at $26-ish before this rollback so still a pretty good price. The Costco has M1 specials too but I'm not sure they have 0w-40, and given that you pay tax on the pre-coupon price, I think it comes out the same as Walmart on a unit basis.

I wanted to get like 5 bottles, but then I stopped myself because our BMW only gets driven like 3500 miles a year, so I don't need to be inventorying years and years of oil just because it is "cheap" by a couple extra bucks
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Old 07-25-2013, 05:41 AM   #25
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It's right across the road from Strongbow.

But, those who haven't been shopping for oil recently may not have seen the recent "rollback" prices. If I didn't already have enough oil for all of our vehicles for the next 2 years, I'd have stocked up on it.
where do you live man? Lol

Is it currently on rollback? I'll go get some for sure.
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Old 07-25-2013, 06:42 AM   #26
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Re: Oil question ...

Ill be changing my oil soon. I have only put 7000 miles on it and bmw says its good for 15000. If anyone wants to save some cash ill rebottle it and sell it for just 4 bucks a quart.

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Old 07-25-2013, 06:43 AM   #27
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Advance Auto has a 5 qt Castrol oil change special at the moment $29.99 with a K&N oil filter. Not sure you will be able to get a K&N oil filter for the E46, but get one for one of your other cars or a buddies non BMW and sell or trade. But even walking away from the oil filter at $6 per qt my not be a bad price?

My store keeps running out of the 5w40 Edge.
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Old 07-25-2013, 06:49 AM   #28
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Nope, 0W or 5W only
Actually Mobil One 0W-40 works very well. BMW publishes a list of approved oils, it's a very short list

http://cache.bmwusa.com/Pdf_2861cf6b...5-bf45db277fe8
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Old 07-25-2013, 06:52 AM   #29
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Ill be changing my oil soon. I have only put 7000 miles on it and bmw says its good for 15000. If anyone wants to save some cash ill rebottle it and sell it for just 4 bucks a quart.

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I know you're making fun of those howling that changing oil at 5-7k is "too often" and a waste, so bring it down to $1.50
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Actually Mobil One 0W-40 works very well. BMW publishes a list of approved oils, it's a very short list

http://cache.bmwusa.com/Pdf_2861cf6b...5-bf45db277fe8
That's what I said. Its also in the owners manual.
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Old 07-25-2013, 08:14 AM   #31
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Actually Mobil One 0W-40 works very well. BMW publishes a list of approved oils, it's a very short list

http://cache.bmwusa.com/Pdf_2861cf6b...5-bf45db277fe8
That list is from 2008, just slightly dated!

I know it is what is currently available on the BMW USA website, but they should update it as I believe it is not a complete as it should be.
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Old 07-25-2013, 12:10 PM   #32
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where do you live man? Lol

Is it currently on rollback? I'll go get some for sure.
Went to school at VU. Even though it is an hour away, Strongbow is one of our favorite restaurants. In fact, since our daughter was old enough to choose, we've had her birthday dinner at "the turkey place."

The oil was still on rollback last weekend...
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Old 07-25-2013, 12:17 PM   #33
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If it says ACEA A3/B3 and/or LL-01, you may use it. Period. To simplify things for newbies, just use Genuine BMW 5W-30.

Please nobody question anything Shanneba or Sprintman says regarding oil. They are the grand oil superpatriots.
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If it says ACEA A3/B3 and/or LL-01, you may use it. Period. To simplify things for newbies, just use Genuine BMW 5W-30.

Please nobody question anything Shanneba or Sprintman says regarding oil. They are the grand oil superpatriots.
Fine, except BMW 5W30 doesn't exist in most countries.
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If it says ACEA A3/B3 and/or LL-01, you may use it. Period. To simplify things for newbies, just use Genuine BMW 5W-30.

Please nobody question anything Shanneba or Sprintman says regarding oil. They are the grand oil superpatriots.
Actually I'd think newbs would also be interested to know that MOBIL 1 0w-40 is perfectly acceptable and for many that will be easier than getting over to a dealer and getting BMW oil. They just need to make sure they're getting 0w-40 (it says European Formula right on it as you know)

When I found this out, it made me happy as I could get it cheap at Walmart
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Fine, except BMW 5W30 doesn't exist in most countries.
That's why I said and/or. Also 98% of forum users are from the United States. The rest can figure it out.

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Actually I'd think newbs would also be interested to know that MOBIL 1 0w-40 is perfectly acceptable and for many that will be easier than getting over to a dealer and getting BMW oil. They just need to make sure they're getting 0w-40 (it says European Formula right on it as you know)

When I found this out, it made me happy as I could get it cheap at Walmart
This is all in my maintenance threads including Mobil 1 which as I stated in my post is ACEA A3/B3/LL-01 and on the BMW website, again, which is in my maintenance links.

Not sure why you guys are telling me stuff I already know.
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Just make a thread titled "Mobil 1 0W-40 is BMW Factory Approved" then add a link to the Walmart page, lock it and sticky.

Might reduce the volume of duplicate oil threads...or not.
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Not sure why you guys are telling me stuff I already know.
Umm not telling YOU since I know you already know. Just trying to get it on the record for others who may be reading through, and putting much stock in your recommendation as a seasoned member. If it came down from the mount that Mango says to only use BMW oil, many might just stop there. That's all. Not trying to make waves, sir!
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While M1 is fine, I think a lot of people are unnecessarily fixated on it just cause it has the word "Mobil" in the name. It's kinda silly if you ask me. It gets way too much hype/attention for what it is. Theres a super duper long list of BMW-approved oils and they all more or less perform relatively the same. Get what's convenient and/or cheap unless you have a specific need then go into the actual specific HTHS/tested-viscosity ratings published in tech sheets and select from there.
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While M1 is fine, I think a lot of people are unnecessarily fixated on it just cause it has the word "Mobil" in the name. It's kinda silly if you ask me. It gets way too much hype/attention for what it is. Theres a super duper long list of BMW-approved oils and they all more or less perform relatively the same. Get what's convenient and/or cheap unless you have a specific need then go into the actual specific HTHS/tested-viscosity ratings published in tech sheets and select from there.
I'm fixated on it because I can get it for $22.47 for a 5qt jug.

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