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Old 03-26-2005, 07:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My car has Synthetic Castrol Motor oil in it and I believe its pretty much what was used at every oil change. I want to get my oil changd at Valvoline and they only have their Synthetic oil, would it be a big deal if I changed brands and just kept getting it done at Valvoline>?
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My car has Synthetic Castrol Motor oil in it and I believe its pretty much what was used at every oil change. I want to get my oil changd at Valvoline and they only have their Synthetic oil, would it be a big deal if I changed brands and just kept getting it done at Valvoline>?
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Hi ! There is nothing wrong with a Valvoline as long as it is SynPower 5w/40, which is also recomended beside Mobil 1 0w/40 by BMW Company. Do not put under any circumstances Valvoline 5w/30 (low friction , energy conserving oil) not suitable for BMWengines.5w/30 synthetics or mineral oils are only recomended for American and Japanese cars(I wrote about it before!!!) and for some BMW engines with VALVETRONIC SYSTEM on them.The followin BMW engines can use 5w/30 oils- N42 , N62 , and W10. Best regards- Zibby.
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Originally posted by zibby+Mar 26 2005, 10:37 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(zibby @ Mar 26 2005, 10:37 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-2000BMW323i@Mar 26 2005, 08:55 PM
My car has Synthetic Castrol Motor oil in it and I believe its pretty much what was used at every oil change.* I want to get my oil changd at Valvoline and they only have their Synthetic oil,* would it be a big deal if I changed brands and just kept getting it done at Valvoline>?
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Hi ! There is nothing wrong with a Valvoline as long as it is SynPower 5w/40, which is also recomended beside Mobil 1 0w/40 by BMW Company. Do not put under any circumstances Valvoline 5w/30 (low friction , energy conserving oil) not suitable for BMWengines.5w/30 synthetics or mineral oils are only recomended for American and Japanese cars(I wrote about it before!!!) and for some BMW engines with VALVETRONIC SYSTEM on them.The followin BMW engines can use 5w/30 oils- N42 , N62 , and W10. Best regards- Zibby.
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How about Valvoline SynPower 10W-30? I just bought a 2000 328i and oil changes were done with this oil (probably multiple times)...
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My car has Synthetic Castrol Motor oil in it and I believe its pretty much what was used at every oil change.* I want to get my oil changd at Valvoline and they only have their Synthetic oil,* would it be a big deal if I changed brands and just kept getting it done at Valvoline>?
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Hi ! There is nothing wrong with a Valvoline as long as it is SynPower 5w/40, which is also recomended beside Mobil 1 0w/40 by BMW Company. Do not put under any circumstances Valvoline 5w/30 (low friction , energy conserving oil) not suitable for BMWengines.5w/30 synthetics or mineral oils are only recomended for American and Japanese cars(I wrote about it before!!!) and for some BMW engines with VALVETRONIC SYSTEM on them.The followin BMW engines can use 5w/30 oils- N42 , N62 , and W10. Best regards- Zibby.
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How about Valvoline SynPower 10W-30? I just bought a 2000 328i and oil changes were done with this oil (probably multiple times)...
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Hi ! I personaly would not stick to any oil in grade 10w/30 avilable in US or Canada to fill a Bimmer engine, reason for that - this oils do not meet ACEA A3 specification for BMW power plants-period !!!
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I agree with zibby. I would only use what is recommended for your BMW engine, which is Castrol's synthetic blend made for BMW.
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I really can't see anything wrong with Mobil 5w30 full synthetic.
If changed every 5K miles...I think the 0w-40 may be a ploy to only go to the dealer to do oil changes.
What do you all think...I know Zibby feels that you can do engine damage.
However I feel the BMW engine is far superior to American and most Japanese engines and most of them run on Dino oil.
I can see if you are changing your oil at 15K miles, you may need an extended synthetic...however for those that change the oil regularly.
Full synthetic every 5K miles cannot harm your engine...I can't see it!
Am I wrong?
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I really can't see anything wrong with Mobil 5w30 full synthetic.
If changed every 5K miles...I think the 0w-40 may be a ploy to only go to the dealer to do oil changes.
What do you all think...I know Zibby feels that you can do engine damage.
However I feel the BMW engine is far superior to American and most Japanese engines and most of them run on Dino oil.
I can see if you are changing your oil at 15K miles, you may need an extended synthetic...however for those that change the oil regularly.
Full synthetic every 5K miles cannot harm your engine...I can't see it!
Am I wrong?
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Hi Rob ! There is nothing wrong with a Mobil 1 5w/30 , actualy it is good oil as well as other Mobil products. The thing is a 5w/30 is to thin for newer technicaly advanced Bimmer engines, for instance 5w/30 viscosity index is 167 . for 0w/40 is 187. Higher viscosity index ,better( that what makes an engine bearings happy). Kinetic viscosity for 5w/30 cSt@ 100* C is 10 and @ 40* C is 56. For 0w/40 kinetic viscosity @ 100 is 14.3 and @40* C is 80. So now you can see the diff. in numbers- higher , better ! Do not worry about cold winter or hot summer , both 5w/30 and 0w/40 pour well below minus 45 and flash point for them is far above 200* C(400* F). 5w/30 will not damage your engine instantly, but internal parts will wear out much faster ,than with 0w/40 or 15w/50-choice is yours. Take care!
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HELP with E36 oil change over to syn.

What is recommended for a:

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driven 100 miles daily at 70 mph
always used 15W40 fossil per BMW manual
changed every 3K
temp in VA is LOW 15 HIGH 100 (F)

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HELP with E36 oil change over to syn.

What is recommended for a:

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driven 100 miles daily at 70 mph
always used 15W40 fossil per BMW manual
changed every 3K
temp in VA is LOW 15 HIGH 100 (F)

What you say?

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Hi Larry ! Stick to that ! Do not change to any synthetic under any circumstances ! Your car has 130000 miles .so I would recomend using 15w/40 fossil oil it is good. Idon`t know which brand you are using, but the best chiice would be a Penzoil 15w/40 Long life an excellent mineral motor oil for Bimmer made before 1999. Take care ! Zibby.
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Originally posted by zibby+Mar 27 2005, 12:37 AM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(zibby @ Mar 27 2005, 12:37 AM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-2000BMW323i@Mar 26 2005, 08:55 PM
My car has Synthetic Castrol Motor oil in it and I believe its pretty much what was used at every oil change.* I want to get my oil changd at Valvoline and they only have their Synthetic oil,* would it be a big deal if I changed brands and just kept getting it done at Valvoline>?
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Hi ! There is nothing wrong with a Valvoline as long as it is SynPower 5w/40, which is also recomended beside Mobil 1 0w/40 by BMW Company. Do not put under any circumstances Valvoline 5w/30 (low friction , energy conserving oil) not suitable for BMWengines.5w/30 synthetics or mineral oils are only recomended for American and Japanese cars(I wrote about it before!!!) and for some BMW engines with VALVETRONIC SYSTEM on them.The followin BMW engines can use 5w/30 oils- N42 , N62 , and W10. Best regards- Zibby.
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i took my car to the dealer last week to do maintenance, they changed the oil and put in 5W30... my car is a 330ci... so should i be concerned?
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My car has Synthetic Castrol Motor oil in it and I believe its pretty much what was used at every oil change.* I want to get my oil changd at Valvoline and they only have their Synthetic oil,* would it be a big deal if I changed brands and just kept getting it done at Valvoline>?
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Hi ! There is nothing wrong with a Valvoline as long as it is SynPower 5w/40, which is also recomended beside Mobil 1 0w/40 by BMW Company. Do not put under any circumstances Valvoline 5w/30 (low friction , energy conserving oil) not suitable for BMWengines.5w/30 synthetics or mineral oils are only recomended for American and Japanese cars(I wrote about it before!!!) and for some BMW engines with VALVETRONIC SYSTEM on them.The followin BMW engines can use 5w/30 oils- N42 , N62 , and W10. Best regards- Zibby.
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i took my car to the dealer last week to do maintenance, they changed the oil and put in 5W30... my car is a 330ci... so should i be concerned?
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No! The BMW dealer uses 5w/30 engine oil made by Castrol Germany ( in Europe called Castrol Softec ) which has higher viscosity index compare to American and Canadian 5w/30`s motor oils, as long as you use oil from BMW dealership ( 5w/30 BMW High Perfotrmance ) you are OK and fully protected. Best regards !
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