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Mar 04, 2004 (1:27 pm)
Hmmm, before I offer you my own personal views on what oil I use and why, let me state that I am not a petroleum engineer, and have never sent my oil out for analysis, so everything I have to offer is totally anecdotal.
First, when one is asked to decide between Mobil-1 and Castrol Synthetic, then one needs to choose between three different and distinct oils. I'll start with the least desirable (from my perspective):
3) Castrol Syntec. My understanding is that this oil is not a true synthetic oil (it is instead a tweaked conventional petroleum based oil), and as such, I won't use it.
2) BMW High Performance Synthetic Oil, made by Castrol, probably the same stuff as the “German Castrol” making its way into the U.S. market. This is the oil that came in your crankcase and the oil that your dealership uses for your 15,000 mile oil changes. On my previous BMW, a 1999 328i, I elected to adhere to the recommended 15,000 mile oil change interval, and after 30,000 miles, I happened to check inside the cam cover and what I saw and smelled did not please me. I saw varnish all over every surface that did not come into regular contact with another surface, and I smelled a smell that reminded me of how engines that were run on Quaker State or Pennzoil (Pennsylvania Grade Crude) used to smell during an overhaul. Yuk!
1) Mobil-1. I have used this oil in every car I've had since the late 1970s, and I've experienced things such as virtually spotless internal engine components at high mileage, less frequent valve lash adjustments (I started using Mobil-1 in a VW Scirocco that required valve adjustments every 15,000 miles, however, after continually checking, my dealership finally did the first actual adjustment at 75,000 miles) and no turbo charger replacements (I drove two different MOPAR turbos a total of 160,000 miles from the mid 1980s to the early 1990s as did many of my family and friends, neither of my cars required a turbo replacement, all of theirs did, some of them twice).
So, do I see a difference? Well, I think there is a difference, and that's enough for me.
#1019 of 5376 Oil Change
Mar 04, 2004 (1:56 pm)
Thanks for your input. It seems to be the consensus. Does BMW only offer the BMW High Performance, or do they offer Mobil? (Sounds naive, I know, but this is all new to me.)
Mar 04, 2004 (2:25 pm)
The BMW dealerships that I have visited, three in all, have used BMW oil exclusively.
Mar 04, 2004 (2:42 pm)
do you get your filters from the dealer or do you have some place that orders them for you?
My dealership is a 2 hour drive from work (1 from home) and would like to switch to the Mobil-1 0W40 (is that the right grade) in my 2.5L engine. If I could avoid having to go to the dealer, that would be great.
Mar 04, 2004 (4:44 pm)
When I lived in New Jersey, I bought oil filters and brake parts from Steve at the Ultimate Garage (a very cool guy), the BMW portion of his site can be found at the following link:
You might also give the BMW shop that I currently buy my goodies from up here in New Hampshire, they're called 3D Auto Works, Inc., and can be reached at 603-882-3400.
#1023 of 5376 Xenon not firing up -- mark_m
Mar 04, 2004 (10:14 pm)
My 2003 325i (03/03 build) had the same problem as you are describing -- the driver side Xenon intermittently won't fire. I took it back to the dealer and he did some sort of a "reprogramming" (I was never sure as I picked it up without speaking to the service adviser who was responsible -- he was not there when I picked it up). I never got a call from him even after I left a voicemail. But it was fixed and since then, I have not had any troubles. I noticed that now both lamps fire up faster than it did before.
#1024 of 5376 erickpl
Mar 04, 2004 (10:27 pm)
If you are going to follow the SI schedule I would run the M1 0W-40; FWIW, German Castrol, BMW Castrol and M1 0W-40 are the only readily available oils that meet the BMW LL-01 "Longlife" specs. I've run M1 15W-50, BMW 5W-30 Synthetic, and Rotella T 5W-40 synthetic in my wife's 528iA, but note that my SI indicator usually calls for at 9000 mile intervals. I suspect that the M1 0W-40 is the best choice-and I plan to switch the 5er over to it at the next Inspection.
#1025 of 5376 Front signal bulb works, does not work
Mar 05, 2004 (12:27 pm)
Yesterday I noticed on my 2002 330I that my passenger front signal bulb was out. Then a few hours later it was fine and it worked. Last night the red notice in the dash display came back on again and it is not working. Has anyone else had this happen? It seems to me that there might be a short vs. the bulb being bad. Thanks.
#1026 of 5376 Islander71
Mar 05, 2004 (12:48 pm)
My current 530i is the only German car that I have ever had (going back to the late 1970s) that has not had a taillight or turn signal lamp failure. In every case, the ones that have failed have started as an intermittent failure. I might be mistaken in this, however, if memory serves, the maker of every bulb I have replaced has been Philips. I suspect that if you simply replace the bulb yourself, or have your dealer do it under warranty, the problem will prove to be a $.50 bulb.
#1027 of 5376 rough start, stalling/bucked in low gears
Mar 05, 2004 (3:56 pm)
I have a 2003 330xi, 6 speed manual, which has stalled/bucked several times in low gears, particularly 1st. The car also rough started a couple of times.
Took it back to the dealer a few months ago, they said they couldn’t replicate it, told me no-one else was having a similar problem (I wonder!!!), so it wasn’t fixed. Brought it back today and they acknowledged what I was saying, apparently BMW have come out with a fix - problem with ignition coils (similar to the Audi A4 problem, except the coils don’t burn out). They replaced all the ignition coils. Hopefully it will solve my problem and perhaps help others on this board too.