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    Engine Oil in a 4-Seasons Climate

    Hi all,

    I'm currently based out of New York City, and am due for my first oil change in ownership. The previous owner last used Castrol 5w40 for a while, but I currently have a tank of LiquiMoly 10w40 that I was going to use in my e30 but never ended up touching. The big bmw shop near me told me they used LiquiMoly 5w30 in all their services. What do you guys use and perhaps recommend?

    Thanks
    1991 E30 Alpinweiß 325iX [SOLD]
    2005 E46 Sparkling Graphite Metallic 330Ci ZHP 6spd

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    5W-30 and 5W-40 is good for our climate. It covers both ends of the temperature spectrum we see in our region.
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    Castrol Edge 5w-40 is BMW Longlife-01 approved. Their 5w-30 is not. I use the 5w-40 because I'm in FL and because of the LL-01 approval. 10w may be too heavy for you in the winter
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    Liqui Moly is what you want

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    Yep, I think I might go for the 5w40 with Molygen. Have you had any experience with that?
    1991 E30 Alpinweiß 325iX [SOLD]
    2005 E46 Sparkling Graphite Metallic 330Ci ZHP 6spd

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    Quote Originally Posted by az3579 View Post
    5W-30 and 5W-40 is good for our climate. It covers both ends of the temperature spectrum we see in our region.
    Yeah it really seems like it. Just have to figure out what to do with this Liqui Moly 10w40 now..
    1991 E30 Alpinweiß 325iX [SOLD]
    2005 E46 Sparkling Graphite Metallic 330Ci ZHP 6spd

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    Quote Originally Posted by racer2086 View Post
    Castrol Edge 5w-40 is BMW Longlife-01 approved. Their 5w-30 is not. I use the 5w-40 because I'm in FL and because of the LL-01 approval. 10w may be too heavy for you in the winter
    Yeah, I looked further into oil information a few hours ago. 10w40 really doesn't seem ideal now.
    1991 E30 Alpinweiß 325iX [SOLD]
    2005 E46 Sparkling Graphite Metallic 330Ci ZHP 6spd

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dano516 View Post
    Yeah it really seems like it. Just have to figure out what to do with this Liqui Moly 10w40 now..
    Put it in your 80s vintage BMW.
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    I don't know how often you change oil. Maybe consider the 10w40 for the warmer months?

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    Quote Originally Posted by John in VA View Post
    Put it in your 80s vintage BMW.
    Ahahah I crashed my e30 before I could even think about that.
    1991 E30 Alpinweiß 325iX [SOLD]
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