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#1472864 - 05/21/09 10:35 PM Re: Best OIL for a 2009 BMW 328i in Florida ??? [Re: Burpelson]
bretfraz Offline


Registered: 06/21/02
Posts: 2756
Loc: CarMax
 Originally Posted By: Burpelson
The OCI is 15000 miles with the BMW maintenance plan I do have.
I will change in between at 7-7500k.

My main concern with using another oil besides the BMW branded 5w30 is mixing oils. I would use a mail order oil if there was a good oil that had the correct spec.

I am not opposed to spending a few bucks more for my ride. But I wonder about having the residual oil from the BMW 5w30 stealership fill every 15k.


What kind of problems do you this will cause? Lots of people here switch brands and grades every OCI. No one seems to have experienced a problem.

If its a major concern, you can mail order oil change kits from online suppliers, complete with the BMW 5W-30 and a filter. I think the BMW oil is made by Castrol so no compatibility issues.

http://www.trademotion.com/partlocator/i...&catalogid=6218
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#1472865 - 05/21/09 10:35 PM Re: Best OIL for a 2009 BMW 328i in Florida ??? [Re: MBCLK]
Trajan Offline


Registered: 07/16/05
Posts: 3314
Loc: SE PA
I think it is relabled Castrol. At least the oil cap says use Castrol....mine does anyway.

The M1 0w-40 ia a good choice. 7500 OCI is what I do. The dealer changes the oil, the OCI shows 14,000+, but I'm not comfortable going that long. IIRC, it's based on your driving style.
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#1472870 - 05/21/09 10:42 PM Re: Best OIL for a 2009 BMW 328i in Florida ??? [Re: Mark888]
Trajan Offline


Registered: 07/16/05
Posts: 3314
Loc: SE PA
 Originally Posted By: Mark888
BMW is advertising that they pay for free maintenance (including oil changes) for the first 48K miles or 4 years. Don't you have that deal?


But they charge you if you want the oil changed sooner.
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#1473014 - 05/22/09 01:30 AM Re: Best OIL for a 2009 BMW 328i in Florida ??? [Re: Trajan]
MBCLK Offline


Registered: 05/08/09
Posts: 151
Loc: Los Angeles, CA
 Originally Posted By: Trajan
I think it is relabled Castrol. At least the oil cap says use Castrol....mine does anyway.

The M1 0w-40 ia a good choice. 7500 OCI is what I do. The dealer changes the oil, the OCI shows 14,000+, but I'm not comfortable going that long. IIRC, it's based on your driving style.


Mercedes FSS is around 10,000+ also. im in the same boat as you.
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#1473034 - 05/22/09 02:52 AM Re: Best OIL for a 2009 BMW 328i in Florida ??? [Re: MBCLK]
MBCLK Offline


Registered: 05/08/09
Posts: 151
Loc: Los Angeles, CA
FYI, Straight from Mobil.

Can Mobil 1 0W-40 be Used Year-Round in BMWs and also in a SAAB?
Hello. I have three questions, actually. I have a 2004 BMW 745li, a 2006 BMW 330ci, and a 1992 Saab Turbo Convertible. BMW recommends their own oil or Castrol. You recommend Mobil 1 0W-40. Is it OK to use this oil in both BMWs year-round? Also, I have purchased your recommended oil, and I find you recommend a different Mobil 1 product for my Saab. Can I use the 0W-40 in the Saab as well? Many thanks for your advice.

Answer:
You can use Mobil 1 0W-40 in all three vehicles. The 0W-40 is the best viscosity for the BMWs but you could also use Mobil 1 0W-30 Advanced Fuel Economy or Mobil 1 5W-30 in the SAAB and possibly gain a bit of fuel economy. The use of the 0W-40 in the SAAB turbo is an excellent choice as well and because of its age we would recommend that you stay with the 0W-40.

http://www.mobiloil.com/USA-English/MotorOil/Car_Care/AskMobil/Year_Round_Use_Mobil_1_0W40.aspx
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#1473090 - 05/22/09 07:00 AM Re: Best OIL for a 2009 BMW 328i in Florida ??? [Re: Trajan]
Hounds Offline


Registered: 03/19/09
Posts: 417
Loc: Hither & Yon
 Originally Posted By: Trajan
 Originally Posted By: Mark888
BMW is advertising that they pay for free maintenance (including oil changes) for the first 48K miles or 4 years. Don't you have that deal?


But they charge you if you want the oil changed sooner.

Were it my car, I'd go with GC. It's an exceptional product; virtually the same as that used by the Bimmer guys during your "free" maintenance OCs.

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#1473185 - 05/22/09 08:52 AM Re: Best OIL for a 2009 BMW 328i in Florida ??? [Re: MBCLK]
Mark888 Offline


Registered: 03/02/09
Posts: 1084
Loc: Florida, USA
If you are going to use BMW free maintenance service for 15K OCI, but want to do your own oil change at 7500 Miles (good idea), then I would use the exact same oil as the dealer. It is generally OK to mix oils, or to change from one brand or another, but constantly going back and forth between two brands may not be best.

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#1473193 - 05/22/09 08:56 AM Re: Best OIL for a 2009 BMW 328i in Florida ??? [Re: Burpelson]
lexus114 Offline


Registered: 05/12/08
Posts: 6012
Loc: Easton, PA
 Originally Posted By: Burpelson
The OCI is 15000 miles with the BMW maintenance plan I do have.
I will change in between at 7-7500k.

My main concern with using another oil besides the BMW branded 5w30 is mixing oils. I would use a mail order oil if there was a good oil that had the correct spec.

I am not opposed to spending a few bucks more for my ride. But I wonder about having the residual oil from the BMW 5w30 stealership fill every 15k.


i`m sorry,but 15,000 miles is just too long.i think you have the right idea dropping to 7,500.


Edited by lexus114 (05/22/09 08:57 AM)
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#1473283 - 05/22/09 10:05 AM Re: Best OIL for a 2009 BMW 328i in Florida ??? [Re: lexus114]
PT1 Offline


Registered: 02/06/07
Posts: 5746
Loc: near the mistake
M-1 0w40 would be my first choice, GC 0w30 my second.
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#1473294 - 05/22/09 10:13 AM Re: Best OIL for a 2009 BMW 328i in Florida ??? [Re: PT1]
Quattro Pete Offline


Registered: 10/30/02
Posts: 25716
Loc: Michigan
Either GC or M1 0w-40 will work in your case. If you're worried about mixing brands/grades, then just get the BMW 5w-30 oil from the dealer and use that for in-between changes. It's not a bad oil either.
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#1473863 - 05/22/09 07:58 PM Re: Best OIL for a 2009 BMW 328i in Florida ??? [Re: Burpelson]
ravenchris Offline


Registered: 06/19/07
Posts: 351
Loc: tampa fl
Ask the maintenance manager if he will change the oil/filter free every 7,500 miles if you provide the BMW approved oil.

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#1474213 - 05/23/09 04:31 AM Re: Best OIL for a 2009 BMW 328i in Florida ??? [Re: Hounds]
Burpelson Offline


Registered: 05/20/09
Posts: 10
Loc: Jannesville
What is the BMW branded 5w30 that the stealership uses anyway? Is it GC? Group III? I can't find any info on it.

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#1474252 - 05/23/09 06:32 AM Re: Best OIL for a 2009 BMW 328i in Florida ??? [Re: Burpelson]
sprintman Offline


Registered: 05/27/02
Posts: 11006
Loc: Canberra ACT Australia
The Castrol OEM BMW 5W30 supposedly meets the required spec ACEA A3,B3 and LL01 (12.0 cSt @ 100C, min HTHS 3.5). BMW Australia has just changed from M1 0W40 to Castrol Edge 0W40 for all petrol/gasoline engined cars. Only U.S uses 5W30 in BMW engines (CAFE rearing it's ugly head again).

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#1474440 - 05/23/09 11:11 AM Re: Best OIL for a 2009 BMW 328i in Florida ??? [Re: sprintman]
Burpelson Offline


Registered: 05/20/09
Posts: 10
Loc: Jannesville
Is the BMW branded Castrol German Castrol as well? Is it related to 0w30 GC?
I emailed BMW but never received a response

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#1474445 - 05/23/09 11:19 AM Re: Best OIL for a 2009 BMW 328i in Florida ??? [Re: Burpelson]
Quattro Pete Offline


Registered: 10/30/02
Posts: 25716
Loc: Michigan
From what I've read, the BMW-branded 5w-30 performance oil is the same as Castrol TXT in Europe. It is not related to GC. It is thought to be a group III oil - not that it really matters - it seems to do very well in UOAs.
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