LL-01 0w-30 recommendation

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Hi All,

Coming up on an oil change in my BMW 335i F30. Currently running Castrol 5w-40 A3/B4 and would like something thinner for winter cold starts and improving engine efficiency. It looks like this engine (N55) can use BMW's LL-01FE spec oils which is a 0w-30. What other oils are available that are LL-01 or LL-01FE rated as an 0w-30? For my BMW my search would be for the cheapest LL-01 0w-30 I can find.

Looks like Castrol 0w-30 A3/B4 available at Walmart is no longer LL-01 rated... bummer.

Thanks!
 
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I've been using Castrol 0w40 year round in my E90. Since LL-01 is an obsolete spec, most of the oils you find will be LL-01FE. FCP Euro carries the BMW 0w30 in their oil change kits. Personally I've been happy with the performance of 0w40 Castrol and it is very easy to find. My friend runs either that or the Liqui-Moly 5w30 in his heavily tuned F30 335i and it runs great.
 

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Looks like some Liqui Moly Special Tec B FE SAE 5W-30 is LL-01FE rate and would probably be a good pick. Could use FCP Euro's return policy to get some free oil changes...
 

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Looks like some Liqui Moly Special Tec B FE SAE 5W-30 is LL-01FE rate and would probably be a good pick. Could use FCP Euro's return policy to get some free oil changes...

Ended up buying the LL-01FE Liqui Moly from FCP Euro. $62 for 10L and free shipping with the warranty policy. I’ll take it!
 
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I've been using Castrol 0w40 year round in my E90. Since LL-01 is an obsolete spec, most of the oils you find will be LL-01FE. FCP Euro carries the BMW 0w30 in their oil change kits. Personally I've been happy with the performance of 0w40 Castrol and it is very easy to find. My friend runs either that or the Liqui-Moly 5w30 in his heavily tuned F30 335i and it runs great.
LL01 is not obsolete specification.
It was updated in 2018 where oxidation requirements (already being toughest in industry) were made more stringent. Oils that have higher natural oxidation do not fare well in full OCI test for new LL01.
However, for N55 any MB229.5 oil would do good.
 
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Hi All,

Coming up on an oil change in my BMW 335i F30. Currently running Castrol 5w-40 A3/B4 and would like something thinner for winter cold starts and improving engine efficiency. It looks like this engine (N55) can use BMW's LL-01FE spec oils which is a 0w-30. What other oils are available that are LL-01 or LL-01FE rated as an 0w-30? For my BMW my search would be for the cheapest LL-01 0w-30 I can find.

Looks like Castrol 0w-30 A3/B4 available at Walmart is no longer LL-01 rated... bummer.

Thanks!
You need MB229.5 in N55 in absence of LL01. Updated LL01 is now targeted for newer engines too, and they have some specific requirements.
Castrol 0W40 will do good. Mobil1 0W40 will do good. Castrol 0W30 is still available on Amazon and Wal Mart web site.
Do not go cheapest. You are driving BMW. Cheap BMW is most expensive BMW. Always have that in mind.
 
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