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2019 Mini JCW 3553 miles, factory fill, likely 0W20 #5418304 05/01/20 01:51 PM
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I bought the Mini in March this year with 2500 miles on it and put on another 1000 miles before the lockdown. I would not normally change the oil so soon, but the lockdown provided an opportunity to do an early change to Shell Helix Ultra 0W30 ECT C3 (LL-04) for which I have commissioned and posted a VOA - see it here

The oil looks to me like a 0W20 with high VI as noted in the UOA comments. There is one measurement which gives serious concern and perhaps this early oil change is fortunate - it won't take you long to spot it. Imagine running this for the full OEM / car computed OCI which would likely have been another 4000+ miles. It is like this is some special thin run-in fluid with minimum additive pack without the OEM requirement for an early oil change. Anyone else come across this before?

The oil is high in Molybdenum and zero Boron so this does not look like Shell to me - the VOA and UOA I've seen for most Shell GTL oils are low in moly and at least 50ppm boron.

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'15 Merc C300 diesel hybrid, Shell Helix Ultra 0W30 ECT C3
'13 Ford Fiesta 1.25, Shell Helix Ultra 5W30AG
'17 Audi R8 V10, Motul 8100 X-Clean+ 5W30
'19 Mini JCW, Shell Helix Ultra 0W30 ECT C3
Re: 2019 Mini JCW 3553 miles, factory fill, likely 0W20 [Re: NuttCase] #5420560 05/04/20 08:16 AM
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Has anyone seen such a low TBN on such low miles before?


'15 Merc C300 diesel hybrid, Shell Helix Ultra 0W30 ECT C3
'13 Ford Fiesta 1.25, Shell Helix Ultra 5W30AG
'17 Audi R8 V10, Motul 8100 X-Clean+ 5W30
'19 Mini JCW, Shell Helix Ultra 0W30 ECT C3
Re: 2019 Mini JCW 3553 miles, factory fill, likely 0W20 [Re: NuttCase] #5420677 05/04/20 10:44 AM
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Your PDF is not displaying for me?


2004 Corolla 140080
Out: Havoline Pro DS 10w-30 Purolator PureOne 10-29-19 136457
In: Pennzoil Platinum HM 5W-20 ST 4386
2006 Duramax 77077
Out: T6 5W-40 XG9100 73909
In: Rotella Dino PH9100 11-3-19
Re: 2019 Mini JCW 3553 miles, factory fill, likely 0W20 [Re: JohnnyJohnson] #5420846 05/04/20 02:19 PM
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0.6 on his tbm

Re: 2019 Mini JCW 3553 miles, factory fill, likely 0W20 [Re: JohnnyJohnson] #5420882 05/04/20 03:12 PM
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Originally Posted by JohnnyJohnson
Your PDF is not displaying for me?

Thanks for noting this. Attached screenshots.

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'15 Merc C300 diesel hybrid, Shell Helix Ultra 0W30 ECT C3
'13 Ford Fiesta 1.25, Shell Helix Ultra 5W30AG
'17 Audi R8 V10, Motul 8100 X-Clean+ 5W30
'19 Mini JCW, Shell Helix Ultra 0W30 ECT C3
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