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#3287172 - 02/19/14 11:59 AM Expration Date,Fuchs?
JimFitzpatrick Offline

Registered: 08/28/08
Posts: 71
Loc: New Hampshire
A few years ago I bought some Mobil 1 5W-30 ESP for my previous "d".On the bottles was an expiration date which,IIRC,was about four years after I bought them.Do high quality synthetic oils like Mobil 1 and Fuchs actually have a limited "shelf life"? I ask because I've got about 12 litres of Fuchs (LL-04/229.51) oil that I've had for 2-3 years and I hope to be able to use at least some of it over the next couple of years in my new "d".TIA to anyone who replies!
Currently: 2014 BMW 328d (factory oil)
Previously: 2011 MB E350 Bluetec (Mobil 1 ESP Formula M 5w-40)
Previously: 2009 BMW 335d (Mobil 1 ESP 5w-30)

#3287175 - 02/19/14 12:01 PM Re: Expration Date,Fuchs? [Re: JimFitzpatrick]
dparm Offline

Registered: 04/19/10
Posts: 12625
Loc: Chicago, IL
Not really. The shelf life is easily 10 years or more. Many blenders don't even give an expiration date.
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#3287180 - 02/19/14 12:03 PM Re: Expration Date,Fuchs? [Re: JimFitzpatrick]
Lead Shoes Offline

Registered: 03/03/10
Posts: 2433
Loc: Mn
The shelf life id bet is usually based on the bottles resistance to breakdown from the oil.
1992 BMW 325i 173k
Castrol 0w40/Mahle

#3287199 - 02/19/14 12:22 PM Re: Expration Date,Fuchs? [Re: JimFitzpatrick]
eddy21 Offline

Registered: 01/11/08
Posts: 143
Loc: FL
I bought some MOTUL oil from EBay . It was no where near 10 yrs old. Came out of the bottle as watery the a gelatinous glop.
12 Focus 55,000

#3287216 - 02/19/14 12:42 PM Re: Expration Date,Fuchs? [Re: JimFitzpatrick]
Kuato Offline

Registered: 10/23/05
Posts: 4189
Loc: 100km south of the border
Use it.
Amsoil user.

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Stop nit picking for crying out loud.

#3287265 - 02/19/14 01:34 PM Re: Expration Date,Fuchs? [Re: JimFitzpatrick]
ARCOgraphite Offline

Registered: 05/17/09
Posts: 9557
Loc: N.H, U.S.A.
Motor oil is inherently stable and non reactive at room temp. I would only just start thinking and considering usefulness on a old, open, near empty,steel drum of Jobbers grade lube.

Edited by ARCOgraphite (02/19/14 01:35 PM)
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