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    Acceptable Synthetic Oils?

    I need to change my Oil soon on my 2006 330ci. Besides BMW Oil and Castrol, is Mobil 1 ok to use? Mobil 1 seems easier to find & more readily available at local stores. thanks'02 325ci 5-speed
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    use Mobil1 0-W40...it meets spec


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    Re: use Mobil1 0-W40...it meets spec

    thx... but my manuul states to use 5W-30 Oil'02 325ci 5-speed
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    OK...if you don't want to take my word for it...

    then click the link and you can take BMWs word for it. I think there are many others that will get the job done, but I stick with what I know works well and is readily available.
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    Wow, 10-W60 for M cars.


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    Yah. Tough to find AND expensive!

    But not for the new 1M ;)

    That just has a tweaked "regular" BMW motor ;)

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    Re: Wow, 10-W60 for M cars.

    A great alternative to this oil is Elf/Total Quartz Racing 10W50.

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    5w-30 is fine, so you're Ok. Even the link

    he provided lists Pennzoil and Valvoline 5w-30 as having an LL-01 rating, so it's just as within spec as the Mobil 0w-40.

    There are others available these days that qualify as well, but I can't find the link I'd seen from another board. If I find it, I'll share it.

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    Mobil 1 5W-30 is NOT recommended by BMW or


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    Who said anything about Mobil 1 5w-30?


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    I have been happy with Lubro Moly

    that I get at BavAuto.

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    What are the numbers?


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    Re: Acceptable Synthetic Oils?

    There are probably more postings on the RF forums on this subject than any other; It's like politics or religion: everyone has an opinion. If you want some science (besides just following BMW's recommendations) you might check bobistheoilguy website, or go to the E39 RF board and look up some postings from "Craig in Canada."
    E.g. Craig in Canada example on oil'03 525i Sapphire Blu/Grey, SP, Nav
    '02 325it Orient Blu./Grey, SP, Nav
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    Re: Acceptable Synthetic Oils?

    I asked this same question in December when I purchased Mobil 1 0W-30 instead of my normal Mobil 1 0W-40. All the feedback was excellent, but the bottom line is that even though I was able to get Mobil 1 at a discount for 0W-30, I returned it to Walmart.. It is not the same specs as Mobil 1 0W-40. I concluded based on the feedback that it probably would have no effect on my engine because I change oil every 4K, but why not just get the right oil.
    PS --AutoZone has a great sale NOW (as of last week) on Mobil 1 0W-40 on the 5 qt size, and you must buy a Mobil 1 oil filter. Since my store does not carry the Mobil 1 oil filter I just discarded the filter they gave me for another car, and still much cheaper with the deal. Check it out.

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    E46 motor oil

    BMW states the oil spec for your motor is
    A3B3 - which is for ALL seasons, long term(1year)and
    high(12,000 mile) oil change intervals

    BMW Castrol 5w/30
    MOBIL 1 0W/40
    meet that requirement

    want a cleaner motor?, and prevent the dreaded
    frozen crankcase vent system freeze-up? and
    engine damage resulting from that? - then
    change the oil and filter at least every 6-months,
    or a max of 5,000 miles - if you plan
    on keeping your car running


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    Re: E46 motor oil

    Could you explain why the filter alone can help resolve this issue?

    Thanks

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    please expand yer question

    there are right , and wrong filters

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    Filter

    No, the filter can not correct the use of a poor oil choice. Regardless of which filter you use, it will not change the proporties of the oil. Use the correct oil.
    BUT--also use a good filter to keep the oil clean.

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    Let me re-phrase the question

    Given use of proper oil (LL01) and a good filter (Mann/Mahle). How would more frequent filter changes help with the condensation related sludge buildup in the crank case ventilation system? I guess what I am getting at is that sludge is condensation related and not because of debris in the oil ... or is it?




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    Re: Let me re-phrase the question

    I have learned much form the other guys on this board. But I will buy only ACEA A3 oil for my E46 (ie Mobil 1 0w-40). In regard to the properties and disintegration of the oil, I do not think the filter will make any difference stopping the oil from turning to sludge over time. But others are better qualified than me to confirm this. Cheap filter will mean problems, but you need the right oil, and all oils filters will collect inpurties to various degrees.

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