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Hey.  I am kind of clueless when it comes to this kind of stuff.  I have a 2010 BMW 5-Series and the oil light came on.  I need to know what type of oil to use??  I looked int he BMW manual but it is way too complicated and poorly laid out. 

 

So - need to know!  Is there any difference between a 2008 5-Series and 2010 5-series oil type?  Anybody who can help I'd appreciate...

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Hey Dee,

 

Here ya go.  I actually found it on BMW site so I know it is legit and it isn't JUST for the 5-series but is accepted for ALL BMW vehicles INCLUDING SUV's!

 

Castrol Syntec European Formula SAE 0W-30

Mobil 1 SAE 0W-40

Pennzoil Platinum European Forumula Ultra SAE 5W-30

Valvoline SynPower SAE 5W-30

 

Below is taken directly from the BMW site:

BMW recommends that you check your engine oil level whenever you add fuel to your vehicle.

If you need to add oil between oil changes and BMW High Performance Synthetic Oil is unavailable, you may top up the oil level with one of the following approved synthetic oils. For information on checking your engine oil level refer to your vehicle's Owner's Manual.

The oils listed below meet BMW's Long-life rating and are acceptable for use in BMW Passenger vehicles andSAVs in the US market with gasoline engines.

BMW Long-life rating LL-01 Approved Synthetic Oils for the US Market:

  • Castrol Syntec European Formula SAE 0W-30

  • Mobil 1 SAE 0W-40

  • Pennzoil Platinum European Formula Ultra SAE 5W-30

  • Valvoline SynPower SAE 5W-30


Use only oils with an API rating of SM or higher.

The choice of the right SAE grade is based on the climatic conditions in the region in which you normally drive your BMW.

To best determine which SAE grade is best suited for your vehicle, contact an authorized BMW center.

The following is the only recommended and approved synthetic oil for BMW M (Motorsport) vehicles in the US market with gasoline engines, at the present time.

BMW Long-life rating LL-01 Synthetic Oils for BMW M vehicles equipped with S54, S62, S65 or S85 engines:

  • Castrol TWS Motorsport SAE 10W-60 Synthetic Engine Oil

  • Castrol Formula RS SAE 10W-60 Synthetic Engine Oil (BMW part number 07 51 0 009 420)

If Castrol High Performance Synthetic Oil is not available and you need to add oil between oil changes, only use synthetic oils with the following specifications for M vehicles:

  • Viscosity - preferred SAE 10W-60

  • Alternative - SAE 10W-40, SAE 5W-50 or SAE 10W-50


Use only oils with an API rating of SJ/CF, SK/CF or higher.

The following is a listing of synthetic oils recommended and approved for use in the BMW B7 ALPINA in the US market: 
  • BMW High Performance SAE 5W-30 Synthetic Oil (BMW part number 07 51 0 017 866)

  • Castrol Syntec European Formula SAE 0W-30 Synthetic Oil

 

My high recommendation is Mobil 1 oil. Used in the racing world for years. the only oil I use. Synthetic oils are better for your car. Engine last much longer. Example my 1990 Nissan Pathfinder 438,000 miles same engine no failures, however on top of every little thing needed to keep it in top running shape.

 

If your check oil light is on.

#1- You are using oil, or loosing oil.

A. Have your car checked for leaks.

B. No leaks, you may have a problem. The oil light doesn't come on, until it is dangerously low.

#2- Oil doesn't evaporate. Engines do use up a small amount of oil in daily operation. However if the oil light is on you are well down 2 quarts of oil and that is dangerous.

** Get a check up done on your BMW.**

** Once you start using for example Mobil 1, don't change brands.**

**** Never ever use standard motor oil in your BMW*****

Advice for your car to live long and prosper. :)

Thanks guys for the info!  I really appreciate it!

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