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Old 03-24-2005, 12:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What type/brand oil does everyone use? in a 2005 M3 brochure, i noticed that on the bottom of the back page it said, "BMW recommends Castrol". However I ussually use Mobil 1 5w-30. Bavauto likes lubromoly, never really heard of it since i bought the catologue. Whats everyone use?
Also, which oil filter does everone use? ive heard MANN is good, but mines due in a week or so and i want to know what to get.
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I think most will recommend Mobil 1........................Which is what I use. So it must be good :P
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I use Castrol GTX but that is because my car has 160k miles and I don't feel like dealing with oil leaks. If your car is not currently using synthetic then use Catrol GTX if you have high mileage, but if you have low mileage then Mobile 1 is a great way to go.
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thekid is right on the spot. I don't mind the oil leaks -- which according to my dealership, I have none, in spite of switching to Mobil1 after 170k.

I use MANN filters.

LubroMolly is very good if you have the $$$ I don't know that I would say that it is much better than Mobil1, though.
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mobil 1 is probablly one of the best oils you can buy that isn't an all out race oil. although it does great in racing applications too. but racing oil is just too expencive to run on the street plusit is just kinda over kill. but i would recomend mobil 1. i use syhtetic mobil one in all my engines that are high horsepower. but castrol will also do fine. if you don't use mobil 1 i'd use castrol just becasue the engineers that design the BMW engines recomend it anyway.
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Mobil 1 for win. Actually, any full synthetic oil is the way to go. They're all about the same. Just find one with the weight you want and get it.

Of course I can't talk because right now my car is sporting the Super Tech, Walmart brand $1 a quart oil.
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