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Old 08-17-2008, 08:30 PM   #1
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What is the best oil to use?

I have a 2000 328ci and ive been trying to find out what the best oil is for me to use there are too many different opinions out there but it seems like royal purple is the best what weight should i use. Also i hear all different amounts of oil to put in my car is it 6quarts or 6.5quarts?
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Old 08-17-2008, 08:36 PM   #2
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I have a 2000 328ci and ive been trying to find out what the best oil is for me to use there are too many different opinions out there but it seems like royal purple is the best what weight should i use. Also i hear all different amounts of oil to put in my car is it 6quarts or 6.5quarts?
Personally, i have used 4 brands (RoyalPurple, Castrol, Mobile and pennzoil), and i'm sticking to mobile1 5w30.

Use your dip stick, how much oil you use really depends on how good of a job you did draining.
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Old 08-17-2008, 08:37 PM   #3
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Get some Mobil1 and it's a bit more than 6.5 quarts. Just add 6 and let it run and then top it off.
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Old 08-17-2008, 08:49 PM   #4
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I have a 2000 328ci and ive been trying to find out what the best oil is for me to use there are too many different opinions out there but it seems like royal purple is the best what weight should i use. Also i hear all different amounts of oil to put in my car is it 6quarts or 6.5quarts?
Royal Purple hmm I kinda remember that one? Isn't that the one preferred by the SRT10 and 'stang guys?

Seriously go to a dealer and get some BMW 5W-30 oil.. Or a Mobil 1 0W-40. The amount you should get is written in your manual..
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Old 08-17-2008, 08:52 PM   #5
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Personally, i have used 4 brands (RoyalPurple, Castrol, Mobile and pennzoil), and i'm sticking to mobile1 5w30.

Use your dip stick, how much oil you use really depends on how good of a job you did draining.
i was wondering about purchasing some royal purple, since u already used it, is it good, does it make a difference? thanks
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Old 08-17-2008, 08:59 PM   #6
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I did a lot of searches today and concluded the OEM is cheapest and perfectly suitable. The non-oem equivalent would be the Castrol. Although Mobil One is considered the best by many, there is suggestion that it produces greater engine noise. One guy described the engine with Mobile One as like that of a barrel of marbles - which I believe is similar to that well known 2000rpm vanos noise. I dont remember I had that vanos noise before. A few months ago, I topped up the oil with Mobil One. Now the vanos noise is quite noticeable. All this could be completely coincidental. But I will be going completely OEM/Castrol to avoid any possibility of the oil causing noises.
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Old 08-17-2008, 11:06 PM   #7
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I did a lot of searches today and concluded the OEM is cheapest and perfectly suitable. The non-oem equivalent would be the Castrol. Although Mobil One is considered the best by many, there is suggestion that it produces greater engine noise. One guy described the engine with Mobile One as like that of a barrel of marbles - which I believe is similar to that well known 2000rpm vanos noise. I dont remember I had that vanos noise before. A few months ago, I topped up the oil with Mobil One. Now the vanos noise is quite noticeable. All this could be completely coincidental. But I will be going completely OEM/Castrol to avoid any possibility of the oil causing noises.
An oil causing vanos rattle, now I've heard it all.

These oil threads keep me so entertained.
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An oil causing vanos rattle, now I've heard it all.

These oil threads keep me so entertained.
Well I just know I didn't have a noise at one point and now I have a noise. In between there was an oil top up. I can only guess may be the oil doesn't cling properly and creating wear.

In any case, it's a safe option to go OEM and cheaper. The OEM oil can last upto 2 years. Perfectly good for someone like me who doesnt do high miles and don't want to spend too much time working on the car.
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I use Mobil 1 5w-30 and its good stuff, i like it but ive never tried Royal Purple or anything so thats just my 2 cents.
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People: Use only LL-01 approved oil if you love your BMW.. Just do a search for Pete's sakes... Those Royal Purples or whatever are not compatible with our engines. Also Mobil 1 5W-30 is NOT approved as well. It may be a "good stuff" but apparently not good enough for BMW. If you want to put Mobil 1, the correct weight should be 0W-40!!
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Old 08-18-2008, 10:09 AM   #11
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You can run any oil you want in your car, just because it's not LL-01 approved doesn't mean it will harm your engine in any way. It just means that you have to change your oil in shorter intervals than what BMW recommends, which is a good idea anyway.
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Every engine has a different operating temperature, and at this operating temperature every oil has a different high-shear viscosity. This is what LL-01 is developed for. Using any oil will not harm your engine immediately, but it will increase the risks of wear and tear on certain engine parts over extended periods of time..

If you want to take the chance, you can as well put Walmart brand engine oil in your car. However, as soon as you put it in and get your engine to its operating temperature, the viscosity of this oil will be off-spec...
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Old 08-18-2008, 11:30 AM   #13
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An oil causing vanos rattle, now I've heard it all.

These oil threads keep me so entertained.
actually he's right, back when i had my e36, using 0w40 got rid of the famous vanos rattle.
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Old 08-18-2008, 11:42 AM   #14
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.....and i'm sticking to mobile1 5w30.
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Keepin' it simple; BMW 5W-30 (dealer oil), Castrol 0W-30, or Mobil 1 0W-40. Nuff said.
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Old 08-18-2008, 07:22 PM   #15
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Old 08-18-2008, 07:34 PM   #16
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I just changed my oil yesterday with Castrol Fully Synthetic 5w-30 oil from Wal-mart $22 for 5 quarts.

This bottle is kind of hard to pour. I made quite a mess. Air seems to shoot the oil out at different speeds. Getting the additional 2 quarts out of a new 5 quart bottle was kind of tough too.
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Old 08-18-2008, 07:51 PM   #17
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You can run any oil you want in your car, just because it's not LL-01 approved doesn't mean it will harm your engine in any way. It just means that you have to change your oil in shorter intervals than what BMW recommends, which is a good idea anyway.
Wtf! Dude, you know nothing about oils, so just sh** up! You need to oil-101 before you spew that wrong info here.

To the OP follow cngzsn's advice, or better still get Castrol Euro formula 0w-30 or 5w-30 (Germany made, if you can get it.) That's good stuff - your bimmer will smile all the way to the highway (even when parked.)
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I just changed my oil yesterday with Castrol Fully Synthetic 5w-30 oil from Wal-mart $22 for 5 quarts.

This bottle is kind of hard to pour. I made quite a mess. Air seems to shoot the oil out at different speeds. Getting the additional 2 quarts out of a new 5 quart bottle was kind of tough too.
Wrong oil - you want the Castrol Euro Formula (duetsch made) in a black container. And please, stay away from Walmart oils - they are good for other cars, not into your ZHP!
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I just changed my oil yesterday with Castrol Fully Synthetic 5w-30 oil from Wal-mart $22 for 5 quarts.
If you have a beater this would be a perfect oil for it. Drain it out of your bimmer before your put more miles on it and make your beater happy
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