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Old 11-30-2014, 08:09 AM   #1
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'03 540i Engine Oil

Ok before everyone gangs up on me , I tried the search button and Google . My car didn't come with an owners manual .
I need to know how much oil to put in and what kinds of oil you guys recommend . So far its between Castrol Edge 5w30 or Mobil 0w40 .
I change my oil every 10-12,000 km's
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Old 11-30-2014, 08:31 AM   #2
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It's around 8.5L, should be in the owner's manual. I personally use Edge 5w40 in my 540, but every person on this planet has a different opinion. I try to stay consistent with what the car ran before--either one you mentioned will work, but once you choose one, stick to it!
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Old 11-30-2014, 10:46 PM   #3
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Ya just bought 2 jugs 5 litres of 5w-40 at crappy tire for 50 bucks for the new 540.
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Old 12-01-2014, 05:04 AM   #4
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Ya just bought 2 jugs 5 litres of 5w-40 at crappy tire for 50 bucks for the new 540.

I'm assuming that was regular oil ? Not Synthetic?
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I'm assuming that was regular oil ? Not Synthetic?
Syntec is 50% off this week

Edit: in my first post, i said to check the manual, without having read that you didn't have it. Mea culpa. It is 8l, 8.5 with filter.

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Old 12-01-2014, 05:33 PM   #6
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Syntec is 50% off this week

Edit: in my first post, i said to check the manual, without having read that you didn't have it. Mea culpa. It is 8l, 8.5 with filter.
Remember guys, check the grade certification of the oil. BMW's want LL-98 or LL-01. For example, if I get 0W40 Castrol Syntec but the grade that says "for European cars" on the front, check the specs for LL-01 or LL-98 certified. Run away from Mobil 1 it doesn't meet these grades.

My favourite these days is Liquimoly (from Precision Tuning on Keele), 0W40 and from one of our sponsors. On 9000Km road trip out west car didn't need any topups.

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Old 12-03-2014, 01:06 PM   #7
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From what I remember castrol 5W40 does have LL designation.
I used to use it in my 530.
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