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5W30 Mobil 1 NOT spec'ed for engine (archive)

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Posted by MikeW on November 23, 1999 at 10:27:27:

In Reply to: 5W30 Mobil 1 posted by Kent on November 22, 1999 at 18:51:35:

It wants 5w40. Valvoline Synpower, which is also relable for BMW, is the only synthetic I've seen in that weight.

: : I had my 328i engine oil replaced at BMW dealer with odometer reading of 7800 miles. They used Castrol 5w40
: : on it, and they put a sticker for the next replacement of 11800 mile. Any opinion if there're better engine oil than Castrol like Mobile? Also, I don't understand why dealer marked 11800 mile for the next oil change while official BMW recommend the first oil change at ~15K miles.

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