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View Poll Results: Which oil do you use for your N54/N55 engine?
Castrol Syntec 20 32.79%
Mobil 1 25 40.98%
Pennzoil 2 3.28%
Valvoline SynPower 2 3.28%
Other 12 19.67%
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      09-18-2012, 12:35 PM   #1
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What oil do you use?

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Here is the poll. If you pick other please say the name and XXw - XX you use in your car with the brand (full synthetic)

Example: Mobil-1 5w - 30

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P.S. If there is a poll like this already please let me know, sorry for double posting.
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      09-18-2012, 01:51 PM   #2
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Can't answer what I "do" use, but I have used Mobil 1 0W-40 in my old 330ci and now that maintenance is up, will probably use it in my 135i as well.
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It will be either 0W-40 Mobil One or 5W-30 Castrol Syntec (German, not US)- have not decided, just bought my first BMW ever 2 weeks ago. From what I read they are nearly the same viscosity. And this is tricky as after reading many posts on oil, there are only 3 types of oil allowed that are readily available in the US. (All full synthetic):

5W-30 Castrol Syntec- (German, not US)- which is BMW oil. (Order on line or buy at BMW dealer only- not available in parts stores)
0W-40 Mobil One (Commonly available)
5W-30 Valvoline SynPower (Not sure if this is US brand or German). US brand is commonly available.

I am curious as to what people who do their own work use. From reading other posts I see that 0W-40 Mobil One is most common.
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      09-18-2012, 02:02 PM   #5
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I now use German Castrol Edge FST, 0w40.
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I use to use German Castrol RS Edge 0w40, but the FST has replaced this oil.
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      09-18-2012, 02:06 PM   #6
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Forgot to add Amsoil to the damn list above? Can anyone testify to is this is a good option as well?

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      09-18-2012, 02:08 PM   #7
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I now use German Castrol Edge FST, 0w40.
Attachment 752511


I use to use German Castrol RS Edge 0w40, but the FST has replaced this oil.
Attachment 752512
How many of those containers does the 135i take.

Also how many quarts..6?
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      09-18-2012, 02:15 PM   #8
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How many of those containers does the 135i take.

Also how many quarts..6?
Oil change with filter... (N54/N55)

6.9 quarts or 6.5 liters.
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Lubro-Moly...get it from BavAuto. Had an oil analysis done by Blackstone at my 75K mark and it came back saying that the engine looks better than average for an N54 of my mileage and that I could go as far as 6000 miles between oil changes. I still do 5000 though. I'm happy with it. It's not on the LL-1 list but it's on the LL-4 list...not that it makes it ok...just a point.
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I have the N51/N52 engine... And I just put in Mobil 1, 0W-40.
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I use Q8 Formula F1 10W-50.
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      09-18-2012, 08:11 PM   #13
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Castrol 0W-30 (German Stuff) change every 7000km.
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I now use German Castrol Edge FST, 0w40.
Attachment 752511


I use to use German Castrol RS Edge 0w40, but the FST has replaced this oil.
Attachment 752512
My been using bmw castrol 5w-30 forever. Can i switch to this right away? Heard many benefits running 0w-40
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Mobil-1 0W40...top of the "other approved oil list" by BMW. Have used it in all of my cars, past, current, and future.
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My been using bmw castrol 5w-30 forever. Can i switch to this right away? Heard many benefits running 0w-40
Sure, why couldn't you switch oils right a way?

BMW says you can use ANY oil in the 5w30, 5w40, 0w30, 0w40 grades that carry a "BMW Long Life 1 (LL1)" rating on them. And the oil has to be of API SM or better.


Many of us noticed cooler oil temps when we switched to German Castrol(G.C.) 0w40 oil. I used to run Mobil-1 European blend 0w40 LL1 oil, but then I switched to German Castrol in 0w40. I noticed right a way that the engine sounded less metallic on cold starts and seemed to run smoother. Also the oil temps went down almost two needle widths! I was sold on G.C.
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Whatever the dealer installs. I probably will never change my own oil on this car. The dealer only charges $88 AND gives me a free rental, which is usually something cool.

On my old F150 I just use whatever is on sale!
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Whatever the dealer installs. I probably will never change my own oil on this car. The dealer only charges $88 AND gives me a free rental, which is usually something cool.
$88 and a rental. Awesome!
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Sure, why couldn't you switch oils right a way?

BMW says you can use ANY oil in the 5w30, 5w40, 0w30, 0w40 grades that carry a "BMW Long Life 1 (LL1)" rating on them. And the oil has to be of API SM or better.


Many of us noticed cooler oil temps when we switched to German Castrol(G.C.) 0w40 oil. I used to run Mobil-1 European blend 0w40 LL1 oil, but then I switched to German Castrol in 0w40. I noticed right a way that the engine sounded less metallic on cold starts and seemed to run smoother. Also the oil temps went down almost two needle widths! I was sold on G.C.
yay switching to 0w40 for my next oil change! thanks!

btw where can i get German Castrol Edge FST, 0w40 in USA locally? would one jug be enough?
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Pennzoil Ultra Euro spec 0w40
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I have a friend that uses Amsoil 5w - 30 and he says he runs colder than using mobil-1? Can anyone testify to this?

Is amsoil worth the pretty penny?
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