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Old 05-10-2012, 06:31 PM   #1
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Hey guys I was going to change my oil for a 2004 525i I just bought. This is my first BMW, so I was wondering what is a good brand oil to use and what weight/number? What kind of oil filter should I use also. I bought Mobil 1 5w-30 and a K&N Filter. Should I be using another oil/filter? Suggestions? Sorry for the beginner question.
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Here's a picture of what I have.
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mobil 1 0w-40 is the recommended mobil oil. it has some different additives.

here is a list of bmw approved oils.

http://www.bmwusa.com/standard/conte...ngineoils.aspx

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Castrol Syntec European Formula SAE 0W-30

Mobil 1 SAE 0W-40

Pennzoil Platinum European Formula Ultra SAE 5W-30

Valvoline SynPower SAE 5W-30
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mobil 1 0w-40 is the recommended mobil oil. it has some different additives.

here is a list of bmw approved oils.

http://www.bmwusa.com/standard/conte...ngineoils.aspx
Thanks for your response. So I purchased the wrong oil? Is my oil filter fine or would you recommend something else? Thank you
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Thanks for your response. So I purchased the wrong oil? Is my oil filter fine or would you recommend something else? Thank you
your car wont blow up with the wrong oil, its just not bmw approved. the 0w-40 is on the lighter end of the 40 weight scale, and the 0w will flow better when cold.

the filter should be just fine.
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Old 05-10-2012, 07:34 PM   #6
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we use 5w-40 right now in HK, I have used 5w-30 and it is very smooth
I have use many oil from BMW, Shell, Mobil, red line and Lubrolene
if cold weather use 0w-40
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If you don't use the BMW recommended LL-01 (Long-Life) spec oil, you may want to change it more frequently than iDrive says.
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Idrive...phhh.. Flip it the bird and do it proudly when your adding your own type of oil lol..What you have is fine make sure to watch the oil filter on the next change to see how it held up. Also if you have a higher mileage situation use a 5w40 Rotella Shell oil (walmart) its a high mile change , high detergent and shouldnt burn off
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Gonna need alot more oil than that
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Gonna need alot more oil than that
yeah, i would assume he would have bought 7 quarts, or whatever the 6 cylinders use.
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