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#520 of 678 Engine Oil for 08 X5: 5W-30 vs 0W-40
Jul 08, 2008 (9:51 pm)
Hi All -
The engine oil level on my 2008 X5 4.8 is low and I've read that BMW prefers Castrol. A search in the BMW manual and online showed SAE grade 5W-30 is preferred and/or approved. But when I got to the auto shop the attendants said that 5W-30 may not be thin enough for 08 X5 and suggested 0W-40.
Which do I go with? There's 7928 miles on the car and I'll be adding another 800 miles or so with a trip to Northern California and I haven't yet taken the car in for service. The BMW sales guy told me the car would indicate when it needed service, but I'm skeptical about this too.
Any feedback appreciated, thanks!
#521 of 678 Re: Engine Oil for 08 X5: 5W-30 vs 0W-40 [lilorphanannie]
Jul 08, 2008 (11:48 pm)
Why not stop by your dealer and they will top off per manufacturer recommendation? You have already paid for free maint. on this car so why not let them worry about it?
#522 of 678 2001 X5 Left Front Thumping during left turns
Jul 09, 2008 (10:30 am)
We just started to hear a low level thumping when we are making left turns. It is coming from the left front and only when making left turns. Thinking it might have to do with the CV joint. Any ideas where I should start looking?
#523 of 678 Re: Engine Oil for 08 X5: 5W-30 vs 0W-40 [coupedncal]
Jul 09, 2008 (11:06 am)
Huh. Who'd've thunk going back to the dealer?! Dur! Thanks!
But just to satisfy my curiosity still, which one: 5W-30 or 0W-40?
#524 of 678 Re: Engine Oil for 08 X5: 5W-30 vs 0W-40 [lilorphanannie]
Jul 10, 2008 (9:55 am)
I am sure your owners manual has this info. Look it up there and let us know as well. I am betting it is 0 weight.
#525 of 678 Re: Engine Oil for 08 X5: 5W-30 vs 0W-40 [coupedncal]
Jul 10, 2008 (10:39 am)
According to the BMW manual:
"Your BMW Sports Activity Vehicle Center will be happy to answer detailed questions on BMW High Performance Synthetic Oil or approved synthetic oils.
You can also call BMW of North America at 1-800-831-1117 or visit their website at www.bmwusa.com to obtain this information."
Viscosity is a measure of an oil's flow rating and is specified in SAE grades. The choice of right SAE grade is based on the climatic conditions in the region in which you normally drive your BMW.
Approved oils belong to the SAE grades 5W-40 and 5W-30.
These oils can be used for driving at all outside temperatures."
What a bit of reading turns up! No mention on 0 grade though.
#526 of 678 Extended Warranty Pricing for 2005 X5
Aug 08, 2008 (2:14 pm)
I have a 2005 X5 w/ 27900 miles that will be going out of warranty due to age in Dec. 2008, All service records are present and have been done on schedule. Does anyone know what pricing is for the extended warranty for an extra 2 years and xxxxx miles??
Your advice is much appreciated,
#527 of 678 Re: Extended Warranty Pricing for 2005 X5 [westindian]
Aug 08, 2008 (2:27 pm)
My 2001 X5 was out of warranty in 2005. Back then, if I remember correctly, the warranty was $2,200/yr, and the coverage was not good. So, I did not buy.
#528 of 678 Engine Problems? Please help
Sep 06, 2008 (8:27 am)
Hi i have an x5 4.4i, 2004.
I noticed a couple of days ago that the gas comsumption has significantly gotten worse, as i was using up almost a quarter of a tank in a day (around 30-40 miles of driving) and usually i can get like 400-450 from a tank. (and it wasnt like i was flooring it the whole time either) Then, when i went to fill it up yesterday, i was expecting to see a range of about 480 for the car, as i had EMPTIED the tank, including the reserve that doesnt show up on the gas meter. Instead, it said 365. I usually put in plus, and think its dumb to put regular in a bmw (always telling my parents not to) but the price difference was almost 30 cents so i went for the regular. As soon as i began to drive, under acceleration the car would shudder and studder, and the engine was running very roughly, and maybe 10 seconds later the service engine soon light came on and was flashing. I pulled over for maybe 5 minutes, and then kept going and after that nothing has happened so far. I'm really worried about something being wrong because im pretty sure the regular gas didnt have anything to do with it, a mercedes dealer in our area puts regular in their cars and they run fine, just dont perform as well. Does anyone have any idea why that would have happened, and why the gas milage has dropped so badly? Do you think there could be a leak in the gas tank or in a gas line or something?
Thanks so muchh
#529 of 678 Re: 2004 X5 burns [sherig]
Sep 16, 2008 (1:59 pm)
My wife's 2004 X5 caught fire last week for what I believe to be the exact same reason. The front right turn-signal was stuck on and my wife said that she noticed a burning smell. She parked the car, and went into her office. Within 30 minutes, the underside of the dash was on fire. Fortunately, the fire dept. got to it before the fire spread. Sometime within the last year or so, the front right turn-signal was stuck on and BMW replaced the LCM under warranty. I believe that the same part went bad and now, 15k miles out of warranty, caused the fire. Additionally, the alarm sounded, the hood popped open, and three airbags were deployed. If my insurance company does not cover the damage fully, we are going to go straight to BMW NA for some restitution. Here is a link to another forum featuring X5 owners who had the same problem.