The "service and warranty information" booklet that came with my 2001 530i lists the following as approved synthetic oil:

0. BMW High Performance SAE 5W-30 Synthetic Oil* (07510017866)
1. BMW 5w30
2. Mobil 1 5w30
3. Mobil 1 5w40

When I searched, the following is listed as approved oil(in addition to BMW 5w30):

* Castrol Syntec European Formula SAE 0W-30
* Mobil 1 SAE 0W-40
* Pennzoil Platinum European Formula Ultra SAE 5W-30
* Valvoline SynPower SAE 5W-30

Does this list apply only to newer BMW cars? Can I still safely use Mobil 1 5w30 as listed on my maintenance manual? I don't feel like mixing Mobil 1 0w40 with BMW 5w30. Any thoughts?