- Nov 24, 2003
- Ellicott City, MD
What would you recommend as a good oil for my new '06 BWW Z4 (Si version, 255 HP, 3.0l straight six)?
quote:Well on E46's it was 601 gallons used in the manual tranny and 660 gallons used for the automatic which it would base off for the 15k OCI. It's so easy to drain the oil if you have a way of raising the vehicle and an oil pan to drain into. Do NOT ignore the filter, they only cost a few bucks so you should not skip out on it especially if you change it at halfway intervals (say 7.5k miles). You can't buy the BMW 0w40 in stores or at the dealer unless you order it. The BMW 5w30 is not free unless it's a scheduled oil change where they do it for you and you basically pay for that stuff when you buy the car anyway.
Originally posted by Auto-Union: BMW goes with those long ocis, 15k or whatever time interval. I think the time interval is probally 1 year. The BMW OCs are free or "inclusive", so what I believe the best plan is to obtain an oil extractor pump, which pulls the old oil out through the dipstick tube. Do that mid-oci, ignore the filter and refill it with the same oil, whatever you choose or just get some dealer BMW 5w-30 oil and use that. The extractor is a great tool, and is usefull for other people's cars and for trans fluid changes where there is a dipstick. Another option is using the BMW 0w-40 synth and extending the OCIs out to where the dealer suggests, 15k, I guess. The BMW 0w-40 is a superior product, aka Castrol Edge Sport/Formula RS. I suppose another option would be an oil like Mobil 1 0w-40, that meets the BMW specs, I think GC does too. Me, I'd use the extractor and the free BMW 5w-30. Any of these plans would be money well-spent. 0w-40
quote:Also, you might want to find a good online source for those filters. I got mine from Autohaus AZ for about $5 each - the local BMW dealer charges $15 for the exact same filter (Mann) .
Originally posted by windnsea00: Do NOT ignore the filter, they only cost a few bucks so you should not skip out on it especially if you change it at halfway intervals (say 7.5k miles). You can't buy the BMW 0w40 in stores or at the dealer unless you order it. The BMW 5w30 is not free unless it's a scheduled oil change where they do it for you and you basically pay for that stuff when you buy the car anyway.
quote:LL-01 rated. For the Z4 guy that means approved for 2001 and newer BMW's for Long Life Intervals. The LL-04 rating is BMW's newer diesels with particulate filters.
Originally posted by gtx510: Is the BMW 0W40 the new LL-04 stuff? [/URL]
quote:I would also recommend changing the oil/filter out sometime around the first 3-5k miles.
Originally posted by Stooge: There is no dipstick. I think I'll use Amsoil 5W40. I use it in all my Toyota trucks with good success. Will probably let the dealer change it for free under the service plan (about 15K) with the BMW oil and then change the oil mid-term with the Amsoil without reseting the oil change reminder. Alittle extra insurance for sure. I can't believe that 15K on BMW's oil is in the best interest of my new motor.
quote:Especially if you have the 1.8T!
Originally posted by pscholte: This is pretty much what I do with the Audi. Let the dealer change free at 10,000 miles and I pay to change in between...sorry guys, 10,000 is too long for me...