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I think bimmers started using synthetic across the range of all vehicles in about 1998. In any case, the problem is that the smaller molecules of the synthetic oil will trash your seals if they've been broken in with dinosaur oil. If you're not sure, just get really good dinosaur oil and it'll be just as good as the synth for your car.
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1999 E39 540i/6-VF Stage 1 S/C, Dinan exhaust, Dinan strut+shock braces, Dinan ltwt flywheel + clutch, Dinan Brembo BBK, Dinan monoball, H&R Springs, Koni Yellows, M5 sways, Dinan forged 18" wheels, &c.
1995 E38 740i. Highly modded. Faster than you.
Sold 2-28-07: 1997 E36 M3/4, 8-30-05 RIP 1997 528i
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