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    List of BMW approved motor oils

    I've heard of "The List" but I've never actually seen it. I've searched this and other forums' archives and seen a lot of very plausible recommendations....but no list. I've searched BMW USA's website.....no list. I've heard I'm supposed to use ACEA A3/B3 rated oil but I would like to see the official source from BMW that tells us which brands and viscosities are given the ok for use in my '01 330ci. Please no anecdotes or recommendations......just.....THE LIST!! (if it really exists)


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    Re: List of BMW approved motor oils

    use BMW Synthetic 5W-30 oil

    or

    Mobil 1 Synthetic 0w-40 oil

    those ARE the two available oils that
    wont screw your motor if changed every
    6,000 mile, 6-months, or sooner intervals
    depending on your climate, and driving
    conditions.

    ACEA A3/B3 & BMW LONGLIFE OIL 01 & API SJ, SL, SM
    with a BMW oil filter

    Read your BMW Owner's Manual that came w/the car.

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    BMW approved motor oil & lubricants

    ....AND ask your BMW dealer service advisor to
    print-out a copy of BMW Operating Fluids Feb. 2007
    Groupe 11 "Engine"

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    So only the "Dealer" has "The List"?


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    If you're looking for BMW to care about you,

    you'll have a long wait. My owner's manual says to use BMW oil or check the website for other approved oils. So far, to the best of my knowledge, they've never lived up to that promise. They really don't want you to go anywhere but using their own oil, and somehow they did say Mobil 1 0W-40 is OK too.
    After hours of knowledge and discussion on this and other boards, we've deduced what you've already discovered; the European rating ACEA A3/B3 is what you're looking for to make sure you're meeting the requirement. Keep in mind the extra quality you get by seeking this is mostly providing for the extra-long change intervals. If you change at half-intervals like most here, you're probably overkill, but that's OK by us here.

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    Re: List of BMW approved motor oils

    Well how come the BMW Long Life oil is actually Castrol? I belive 0-30 The european forumla is the one.

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    Right!! All they care about is that you buy new

    as soon as the warranty expires! I think most of us on this board are the exception in that we intend to keep our cars for a long time and get max miles out of them. I haven't seen BMW recommend Mobil One but the Mobil website lists their oil as "recommended for BMW" among other brands such as Mercedes and Porsche. I called BMW USA today and inquired about "The List". I was told there isn't one and that I should use (and I quote) "5W30 full synthetic Castrol, Mobil One or Valvoline for your 330 coupe." Go figure..........

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    relax and take a breath.

    your main concern is to prevent carbon, water,
    sludge, oil flow at cold start-up temps, high
    temp shear protection. Your vanos system, and your
    crankcase ventilation system need to be squeaky
    clean. A3/B3 specs are your guide. Change it often
    for long life and Fault Code free service.
    Have Fun

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    relax and read this...... . . . . .


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    Re: relax and read this...... . . . . .

    Thanks for the info. According to the SB you have posted the ONLY oil BMW recommends specifically for the e46 non M car is BMW 5W30 made by Castrol.

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    BMW 5w-30 High Performance Synthetic .. . . . . .

    that's right.

    Use it, trust it, and know your putting the
    oil with the additive package intended to
    work with your VANOS, cold start flow, hot
    viscosity protection, cleaning your oil passages
    and crankcase vent system. What's wrong with that ?
    Join the BMWCCA, visit your dealer, ask for a quantity
    parts/oil/filters discount. Your motor will feel better.

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    I agree 100%

    If they said that is the right oil for BMWs, and the price is good (with discount, the BMW motor oil is < than similar synth. oils at Autozone) what is the problem? The only problem I see is when you live too far from a dealer, that caould be a pain.
    I think that the main reason for them not to have a 'list of approved oils' is mostly because they didn't want to spend the engineering time to test all kinds of other brands.

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    I agree 100%

    there are TEN's of on-line BMW oil/filter sellers,
    no need to leave yer yard.
    just one of MANY places to order Quality(-=HERE=-)

    and when was the last time you changed your gas filter ?


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    The only reason I ever want info to stray is

    over the years I've tagged onto various rebate offers where I have received from 5 to 7 quarts of oil for free, or close to it. I've always made sure I got oil spec'ed at ACEA A3 from my knowledge and reading on this board. When I knew exactly what standard I was looking for, I was glad to have the freedom to use the free oil.
    So far with BMW's free oil service, and my own half-interval changes, I've yet to actually pay for oil.

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    Can you share with me the phone number for BMW USA. I cannot find it on their site.
    Thank You
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    800-831-1117


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    off-the-NAPA-shelf USA Castrol Syntec is NOT

    the same formula/additive package as

    BMW 5W-30 High Performance Oil

    That's the whole point.

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    One moore question; I've been wondering. I recently changed to using 10W-40 synthetic to cut oil consumption due to the recommended weight having to be topped off too often. What are the pros and cons in reference to the the 10W-40 change?

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