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How cheap can I do a Euro oil change? #4552614
10/24/17 06:37 AM
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camrydriver111 Offline OP
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One BITOGer in the main forum was saying I can spend $20/year on oil changes and my car will be fine. I am a bit skeptical as an oil filter alone costs $10. Then I will have to buy 6.5L (one oil change) of synthetic oil for $10?

I am a bit too scared to put mineral oil in a BMW. I'm not sure how the VANOS and CCV systems would like it.

I need to do 2 oil changes a year. So two oil filters will be $20. I haven't seen Euro oil cheaper than $26 for 5 L from CT. So $20 (2 filters) + $78 (15L of oil) = $98 + tax = ~$115

Is there a cheaper oil change option I am missing?



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Re: How cheap can I do a Euro oil change? [Re: camrydriver111] #4552628
10/24/17 06:54 AM
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Your numbers sounds about right, unless you wait for oil to go on mega sale and stock up as some here do.


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Re: How cheap can I do a Euro oil change? [Re: camrydriver111] #4552630
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You can use a house brand full synthetic 5/30 for a reasonable interval, Napa, CarQuest AutoZone etc for about 6-7k max. That will probably be a pretty cheap option. Napa on sale here is 3$ each, so thats 21$ and a 10$ filter would make it 31$ per.
I had my house oil, Cam 2 semi syn analyzed after 7200 miles on a friends E90 325xi and it worked out well, I think Blackstone said it could go a little longer.

Last edited by Audios; 10/24/17 07:00 AM.

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2007 Mercedes GL320 CDI Fuchs 5/40 GT Pro XTL
2005 BMW M3 BMW Twin Power 10/60
2003 BMW M5-Fuchs 5/40
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Re: How cheap can I do a Euro oil change? [Re: camrydriver111] #4552631
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2004 Corolla 124642
Out: VML 5w-30 TG4967 OCI 5007 Miles
In: EDGE EP 5W-30 Bosch 3311 122537 7-18-18
2006 Duramax 74277
Out: T6 5W-40 M1-303
In: T6 5W-40 XG9100 74705 4-22-18
Re: How cheap can I do a Euro oil change? [Re: JohnnyJohnson] #4552633
10/24/17 07:03 AM
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Originally Posted By: JohnnyJohnson


1. OP does not live in the US.
2. That is likely not a correct oil for his car, unless he has a diesel engine.


'02 530i (Edge 0W-40)
'15 Q5 3.0T (Edge 5W-40)
'18 Charger SRT (FF)
Re: How cheap can I do a Euro oil change? [Re: JohnnyJohnson] #4552634
10/24/17 07:03 AM
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Kira Offline
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Mobil1 0W-40 European Formula at Walmart is about as cheap as it gets.

See if there's a case of your filter on sale from one of the foreign car parts places.

Re: How cheap can I do a Euro oil change? [Re: camrydriver111] #4552639
10/24/17 07:11 AM
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Is this a "what if" exercise or are you really trying to run a BMW on the super cheap?


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14 RAV4 2.5 5W-20 PP
16 Silverado 1500 4.3, DI, AFM 5W-30 PP

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Re: How cheap can I do a Euro oil change? [Re: camrydriver111] #4552642
10/24/17 07:18 AM
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You drive a BMW and think $115/year on oil changes is too much?

Maybe you should trade it in for a Corolla?


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Re: How cheap can I do a Euro oil change? [Re: camrydriver111] #4552650
10/24/17 07:22 AM
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Annnnd there's the condescending b.s.

Didn't take long.


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Re: How cheap can I do a Euro oil change? [Re: camrydriver111] #4552655
10/24/17 07:25 AM
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I did a an oil change in my 17 Jetta for $20.
Pennzoil 0w-40 after Walmart rebate and Pennzoil rebate-$10
VW OEM filter-$10
And 45 minutes of my time.


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15 Honda CRV 2.4
12 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0
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Re: How cheap can I do a Euro oil change? [Re: rooflessVW] #4552661
10/24/17 07:28 AM
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Originally Posted By: rooflessVW
Annnnd there's the condescending b.s.

Didn't take long.


It is not condescending at all, it is a fact. These cars are expensive to maintain. $115/yr, or $10/month really is nearly nothing.


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Re: How cheap can I do a Euro oil change? [Re: Quattro Pete] #4552714
10/24/17 08:16 AM
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Originally Posted By: Quattro Pete
Originally Posted By: JohnnyJohnson


1. OP does not live in the US.
2. That is likely not a correct oil for his car, unless he has a diesel engine.


+1 isn't that oil the LL-04 spec for the diesels?

I would try to find the Castrol Edge 0w40, seems to be pretty common at WalMart and other parts stores, and not that expensive. This oil meets the LL-01 spec for BMW gasoline engines.


2000 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L (180k) - Pennzoil 10w30, Napa Gold 1516, Magnefine trans filter
2009 BMW 328i (33k) - Castrol Edge Euro 0w40, MANN HU816X
Re: How cheap can I do a Euro oil change? [Re: jeepman3071] #4552762
10/24/17 08:53 AM
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Originally Posted By: jeepman3071

+1 isn't that oil the LL-04 spec for the diesels?


Yes, "L" for Low Saps.


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Re: How cheap can I do a Euro oil change? [Re: camrydriver111] #4552773
10/24/17 09:06 AM
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A Euro oil change? well, about 1 Euro, it's not rocket science.


1975 Ford Capri II Ghia 3000 V6, - Shell Helix HX3 20W-50 w/ 20% Rimula R4X 15W-40 HDEO.

1988 Ford Escort Mk4 Xr3i Cabrio, - Shell Rimula R4X 15W-40, w/ 30% Helix 3 20W-50.
Re: How cheap can I do a Euro oil change? [Re: camrydriver111] #4552778
10/24/17 09:08 AM
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Edit: I didnít realize you were in Canada.

AAP has a BMW certified Euro 5w-40 Carquest oil at about $6/quart. I think it even qualifies for their oil and filter special. If not, you can order online and get 20% off.

Last edited by Crispysea; 10/24/17 09:11 AM.
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