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      01-07-2012, 06:02 AM   #1
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E87 118i Engine Oil grade

Hi there,

Wonder if you assist. My 2008 E87 118i FL had an oil change done. The oil used was Castrol Magnetec 10W40. The problem I am having is that at 4000km, there seems to less oil in the engine and I need to top up.

I think this oil is too thin, therefore suspect that the oil is being burnt. The car has 42000km now.

Please advise if 5W40 Castrol Edge would be a better grade of oil.
I do not know what BMW recommends.

any info will be apprecisted.
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      01-07-2012, 01:29 PM   #2
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Hi there,

Wonder if you assist. My 2008 E87 118i FL had an oil change done. The oil used was Castrol Magnetec 10W40. The problem I am having is that at 4000km, there seems to less oil in the engine and I need to top up.

I think this oil is too thin, therefore suspect that the oil is being burnt. The car has 42000km now.

Please advise if 5W40 Castrol Edge would be a better grade of oil.
I do not know what BMW recommends.

any info will be apprecisted.

perhaps your engine is just using a little bit of oil. Nothing bad in that. Its normal.

10w40 oil is thicker than 5w40. So no that would not help. Perhaps the oil that is in your engine does not meet BMW specs? It must say: BMW Long Life 1 or LL-1 (for high sulfur fuels) or BMW Long Life 4 or LL-4 (for low sulfur fuels)

and have: API SM and ACEA C2, C3

BMW says you can use any oil that meets the above specs and in these viscosities... 0w40, 5w40, 5w30



http://www.bmwusa.com/Standard/Conte...ngineOils.aspx


Here is a german website that sells the BMW oil very cheap... 6 euros per liter. Normally most dealers will charge 20 to 30 euros per liter!

http://www.oeldepot24.de/catalog/ind...e8a66a81b63e51


PS: I use German Castrol RS Edge 0w40 full synthetic LL-4 oil in my car. You have to be carefull with oils because there are many simular sounding names that ARE different oils. Read the label and make sure it is suited for your car.
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      01-08-2012, 08:50 AM   #3
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Hi Dackelone,

Thank you for the information.I purchased Castrol Edge 5W40. Will srvice and monitor.

Thank you.

BTW, would you know what the spark plug gap should be on the 118i?

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      01-08-2012, 11:49 AM   #4
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Hi Dackelone,

Thank you for the information.I purchased Castrol Edge 5W40. Will srvice and monitor.

Thank you.

BTW, would you know what the spark plug gap should be on the 118i?

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I posted the (gap)answer in your "other" thread. Didn't you see that???

Spark Plug gap
http://www.1addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=632599


PS: Make sure your Castrol oil meets BMW specs. Castrol has MANY oils with simular sounding names.
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I know this is a old thread but worth the shot...My BMW 118i is currently using 5w30 oil and seems to be burning it quite alot. I was wondering, will changing to 10w40 oil solve my problem? It has 100.000km on it and is 2006 model.
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      04-25-2017, 09:48 PM   #6
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Stepping up to a 10w40 in this scenario doesn't sound like a bad choice. Depending on what the climate is like when you are should have an impact for your oil choice too.
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