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Old 03-12-2011, 10:52 PM   #16
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Old 03-26-2011, 10:07 AM   #17
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I'm just about ready to begin doing my own oil changes. I bought a Mityvac 7201, and have a few filters en route from the US (with a few other items). Just trying to track down a 36mm in 3/8 socket (if you know who sells them nationally, please let me know - I'm in NB).

I'm looking at oils there is for our E39 (mine is an 03 530 M pkg). I see Crappy Tire has a Mobile 1, with BMW LL-01 approval. I also get my bike oil from Amsoil, where they have a BMW LL-04 approved product, 5w-40. An Esso distributor has Mob 1 0w40 as well a bit cheaper than Amsoil.
For all you do it yourselfers, what are you using for oil??
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Just a heads up, do not use the LL-04 oils in your gas cars, there is a service bullitein that says LL-04 is now available outside of Europe but only for Diesel engines and not to be used in gasoline engines outside of Europe. Stick with the LL-01!
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Old 04-24-2011, 06:34 PM   #18
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I'm torn: I have an 03 530i Sport and am going to do my own changes. Do I go with German Castrol 0W-30 or Mob 1 0-40 ??
Advice ?? Pros/cons of each ??

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Old 04-24-2011, 06:48 PM   #19
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U should Never consider a zero weight oil. I Would minimum 5-40 in any on my v8's.
0-anything is only intended for extremely cold temps. If you want to damage your motor, use a zero weight.
My e30 has over 400,000 on it. Runs like a top. 5-40 for winter 10-60 for summer .

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Old 04-28-2011, 01:22 AM   #20
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U should Never consider a zero weight oil. I Would minimum 5-40 in any on my v8's.
0-anything is only intended for extremely cold temps. If you want to damage your motor, use a zero weight.
My e30 has over 400,000 on it. Runs like a top. 5-40 for winter 10-60 for summer .
Mobil1 0w40 is BMW LL-01 certified. It's perfectly safe.
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Old 04-28-2011, 03:06 AM   #21
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Mobil1 0w40 is BMW LL-01 certified. It's perfectly safe.
I agree. It's fine for WINTER. great start up viscosity.
For summer I would be more aggressive, considering how hot bmws operate.
Minimum 5-40,until you feel like an engine teardown after 3 years.
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I agree. It's fine for WINTER. great start up viscosity.
For summer I would be more aggressive, considering how hot bmws operate.
Minimum 5-40,until you feel like an engine teardown after 3 years.
Of course, what do BMW engineers know about anything right?

Using an oil recommended by BMW themselves would be silly!
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I should also say that I've always used it because thats what BMW recommends. This is for most the I6s.

I'm not sure if LL-01 is meant for 8 cylinders or not.
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Old 04-28-2011, 04:03 AM   #24
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Ok, here's one for you..
If BMW engineers are go great, why don't you go 25,000 km on your oil change, with the garbage oil they use at the dealer???
If you actually go the full 25k, (which I highly doubt you do) well, it's your car. Do what you please.
Next thing you will tell me is that castrol Tws is actually a GOOD oil.
Regardless of our opinions, the op will choose the oil that is best suited for his needs.
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