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Old 06-29-2004, 10:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 1999 bmw 323i it has roughly 73500 miles on it. I need to change my oil and plan on doing it myself. I need to know exactly how and what type of oil to use. I have heard alot of different things. Can someone please help me?
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Old 06-30-2004, 01:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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5w-30 or 0w-30 Synthetic BMW Approved oil. For example, i think Mobil 1 is what most people on the board use. The most important part is that you use synthetic.
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buy some AMSOIL 10w-30....its the only real synthetic oil on the market. it costs anywhere from $5-$9 per quart(depending on which kind), but, you only have change oil 15k-25k miles. Comes with a full guarantee and if it ruins your motor they replace it free of charge.
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Old 06-30-2004, 07:39 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Is it or is it not true that BMW started selling synthetic oil in their engines only a few years ago? I do not know for sure myself, but did 99's even come with synthetic?

There's nothing wrong with standard motor oils in a motor. however, they do need to be changed every 2-3000 miles, making the synthetic have a real advantage in longevity.

Regarding instructions? The oil filer is located in a canister at the front of the engine, top side. You unscrew either a metal screw or larger plastic screw to change the oil. I think I actually have one of the large sockets I may never need again if anyone wants to buy it. I know 97 came tht way.

You will also want to purchase your oil filters from a BMW dealer.

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Old 06-30-2004, 11:07 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I would recommend Mobil 1, thats what I run in my Yukon and if/when I have a BMW thats what I will use.

I've heard good things about Amsoil, but the availability of Mobil 1 in any auto parts store in the US wins out for me.

I run conventional motorcycle oil in my bike, since I worry about the synthetic oil causing clutch slippage (not an issue on cars which have a dry clutch on manual transmissions).
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ugh, i do not remember of your car requires synthetic. if sdo, it will be written in the engine compartment (a warning sticker). i sense that your car does need synth.

if so bmw apporved synths are mobil1 (i use cos it has NO ash), and castrol. i think 5w30 works best unless you are in alaska.
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I just re-read your post and since your rig has 73K miles on it there is a chance of synthetic oil causing oil leaks on older /higher mileage engines.
This is because of the excellent lubricating qualities of synthetics.
I would still go with a Mobil 1 or other synthetic, but you need to be aware of this.
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bmw's come with castrol synthetic 5w-30. I just switch to 0W-40 from Mobil 1. Per other replies, just make sure you use any synthetic oil and you'll be fine. Just make sure you don't mix synthetic oils. If you have castrol synthetic in there then don't add Mobil 1 synthetic in between changes since other synthetics don't bond with other synthetics.
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