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Old 11-12-2004, 01:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys....

I need to change my oil. I don't really want to go to the dealer because its pretty far out there for me, and I have MobilOne place right next door. They said if I buy a filter they would change the oil for me. (The know me since they always changed my oil in my old car). I guess the question I have is this:
1. Would it be OK for me to put in Mobil1 Synthetic Oil?
2. What weight should I have them put in?
3. Wouold it be better for me to use recommended Castrol Oil? (I use MobilOne on my motorcycle since its been tested to be the bet oil)


I reset my own oil light by pressing the trip button and turning the key. Car is 01 525i

Thanks!

I am really tempted to just go to go to MobilOne place and have them change it
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Old 11-12-2004, 01:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i just changed my oil myself this past weekend, i used 15w-50 but i shouldve gone with a lower first number like 0w, 5w, or 10w since its cold outside now

apparently once you switch to synthetic oil you cant go back, which really isnt a big deal, since synthetic is better

dont have the dealer change your oil, either goto mobile1 or do it yourself
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Going to Mobile should be fine, use 5w-30 for most any 5 series. I would use the castrol...or get most anything synthetic.
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spend 45 mins and do it yourself.. I think there is a write up on how to do it all somewhere in the faq
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Is it possible to buy the dealers synthetic oil by the case $3 and some? then do it yourself.
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My problem with changing my own oil is that I had to buy EIGHT Frickin' QUARTS of $4.50 (at K-Mart) Castrol Syntec 5W-50! After a $10.50 oil filter from the dealer my oil change cost me $47 (all my own labor!)

That said, I also have Mobil-1 0W-40 all set for my next change. If you can do 5W-40 or 0W-40, that's better than 5W-30, but even that would still be OK - Mobil-1 is awesome oil.

Other than the weirdness (8 qts, flap to access oil drain, topside oil filter in a case), it was a pretty simple job, so if you trust your Mobil guys, I'd say go for lettin' them do it, with the viscosity as advised above.

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Mobile 1 is another good option too. thanks Eric
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