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Re: Oil advice and Recommendation

Post by marco_polo » Sun Sep 27, 2015 2:54 pm

I ended up with a Dimple Mag plug for my diff, 'M22 x 1.5mm - 9mm deep' from memory.
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Re: Oil advice and Recommendation

Post by oilman » Mon Sep 28, 2015 9:11 am

Hi

Don't know. We don't have one listed for the diff, but if you let me know the length, diameter and thread, we might me able to supply one.

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Re: Oil advice and Recommendation

Post by mattpone » Thu May 05, 2016 9:22 am

hi there

need supplies for two cars please:

Make:BMW
Model:118d
Year:2008
Engine type:
Performance modifications:None
Driving style: (road / off-road / track etc): Road
Any other information that may be relevant: mileage 100k
What recommendation are you looking for? Engine oil and filter

Make:BMW
Model:123d
Year:2010
Engine type:
Performance modifications:None
Driving style: (road / off-road / track etc): Road
Any other information that may be relevant: mileage 32k
What recommendation are you looking for? Engine oil and filter (not planning long life servicing, will change every 10k), Gearbox and Diff Oil (looking for slightly thicker gearbox oil if possible as 1st/2nd feels notchy)

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Re: Oil advice and Recommendation

Post by oilman » Thu May 05, 2016 9:37 am

Hi Matt

You need an engine oil that meets the BMW LL04 specification for both cars.

http://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-686-bmw-longlife-04.aspx

Those oils are all good options as they need to be to meet the BMW specification, so take your pick based on any price/brand preference you have, although if it burns at lot of oil, go for one of the 5w-40s.

Here are the filters that we have.

http://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-840-filters ... cabin.aspx

This is the usual option for the gearbox

http://www.opieoils.co.uk/p-69413-castr ... l-bmw.aspx

But, if you want something thicker, this is popular for the 1 series boxes.

http://www.opieoils.co.uk/p-1019-red-li ... 0-gl4.aspx

The diff needs a 75w-90 GL5 oil.

http://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-673-75w-90- ... fluid.aspx

The Fuchs Syn 5, Millers CRX, Red Line 75w-90 GL5, Motul Gear 300 and Gulf Competition are ideal for the diff. The Fuchs Sintopoid, Castrol Syntrax Longlife, Millers TRX, Motul Motylgear, Mobil SHC and Gulf Syngear are also good choices.

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Re: Oil advice and Recommendation

Post by Awards123d » Tue May 31, 2016 7:56 pm

Make: BMW
Model: 118D
Year: 2009
Engine type: n47
Driving style: road driving

Engine gearbox and diff oil

I've had a look on your website and was hoping you could explain the difference between the cheap and expensive options if they both meet the require specification?
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Re: Oil advice and Recommendation

Post by oilman » Wed Jun 01, 2016 8:50 am

Hi

Oils can vary a lot, even though they say similar things on the label.

For example, there are three different types of synthetic basestocks, so there can be a big difference between the basic make up of oils, even though the labels essentially say the same thing.

http://www.opieoils.co.uk/pdfs/tech-art ... ptions.pdf

As you can see from that, oils labelled as synthetic can be mineral oil derived, proper genuine synthetics or ester based synthetics, all of which affect the price. Shell have thrown a spanner in the works with that classification as they now use a different method to produce the group 3 oils, which uses gas as the raw material and reduces the level of impurities in the finished product, so in theory the Shell group 3 basestock is pretty good stuff.

Another way of affecting the price of an oil is to alter the additive package.

http://www.opieoils.co.uk/pdfs/tech-art ... ackage.pdf

The additive pack is a very important part of the oil and can greatly affect the oils properties, but it can be reduced in quality or quantity to reduce the production costs. That can mean that the oil will not last as long or work as well.

Quality control affects the price and quality, the more samples are tested during production, the more it costs, but the more likely it is to be what it says on the label. Some cheap oils have been found to be well out of grade (one of the worst I've heard of was something that was supposed to be a 5w-40 was actually a 20w-40).

Paying for the name is one way of looking at it, the other way is reassurance due to a trusted brand. Yes, Castrol, Shell and Mobil can be expensive, but everyone knows those brands and very few people have ever had problems with them. Some of the smaller brands are less well known and people don't know how good their products will be. That's not to say they won't be fine, but paying an extra few quid for peace of mind can be worth it.

Actual manufacturer approvals can cost a lot of money and that adds to the price of an oil, so a lot of manufacturers sell oils as 'meets the requirements of XXXX' or 'Can be used where XXXX is specified'. You then have to trust the oil manufacturer that the oil is actually suitable for the application, rather than the oil being approved. Don't risk that with cars under warranty, pretty much all manufacturers will void a warranty if the wrong oil is used. Some dealerships are testing the oil before they look at engine issues now, as if the oil is incorrect, they may be able to get out of doing the work.

You need an engine oil that meets the BMW LL04 specification.

http://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-686-bmw-longlife-04.aspx

Those oils are all good options as they need to be to meet the BMW specification, so take your pick based on any price/brand preference you have, although if it burns at lot of oil, go for one of the 5w-40s.

Assuming it's manual, this is the one for the gearbox.

http://www.opieoils.co.uk/p-69413-castr ... l-bmw.aspx

Cheers

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Re: Oil advice and Recommendation

Post by grantldn » Thu Jun 09, 2016 3:23 pm

Just ordered some millers longlife oil 5w30 for my 20D E84 X1.

Now to wait for the delivery :band:
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Re: Oil advice and Recommendation

Post by paddyboy » Thu Jun 29, 2017 10:15 am

oilman wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2014 10:14 am
Hi,
I need a few service items for my car. i've looked on your website but not sure which oils + filters to go for.

BMW 130i Automatic
2009 (Reg FL09 NHA)
No mods
Driving style - year round road only (no track use)

I'm looking for the following items:

- Engine oil (7 litres) (Castol Edge or similar)
- Oil filter
- Crush washer for sump plug
- Diff oil
- Sump plug for diff (mine has a rubber grommet in it which I don't want to re-use)
- Crush washer for diff plug
- Air filter
- Pollen filter

In terms of filter I prefer whatever you recommend as the best quality filters - many thanks in advance
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Re: Oil advice and Recommendation

Post by oilman » Thu Jun 29, 2017 10:48 am

Hi

You need an oil that meets the BMW LL04 specification. Our selection can be found through the link below

http://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-686-bmw-longlife-04.aspx

Those oils are all good options as they need to be to meet the BMW specification, so take your pick based on any price/brand preference you have, although if it burns at lot of oil, go for one of the 5w-40s.

Here are the filters. Which ones you use are over to you, I understand that Mahle are the main OEM supplier, but I believe Bosch also does OEM fitment for BMW.

http://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-2701-lookup ... ilter=2009

Here is the washer for the engine sump plug.

http://www.opieoils.co.uk/p-84337-gold- ... sw-03.aspx

The diff needs a 75w-90 GL5 oil.

http://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-673-75w-90- ... fluid.aspx

The Fuchs Syn 5, Millers CRX, Red Line 75w-90 GL5, Motul Gear 300 and Gulf Competition are ideal for the diff. The Fuchs Sintopoid, Castrol Syntrax Longlife, Millers TRX, Motul Motylgear, Mobil SHC and Gulf Syngear are also good choices.

We do not have a sump plug or washer for the diff.

Cheers

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Re: Oil advice and Recommendation

Post by paddyboy » Thu Jun 29, 2017 3:54 pm

oilman wrote:
Thu Jun 29, 2017 10:48 am
Hi Tim,

Many thanks for the speedy response to my enquiry regarding oils for my 130i.

That's excellent - very helpful. I've only had my 130i a short while - probably done about 1000 miles in it and its not used any engine oil whatsoever. it's a BMW main dealer serviced car so I can probably assume they've put 0w-30 in it when it was changed last summer. To my thinking your suggestion of 5w-40 is at the other end of the scale so am still a bit unsure about where to pitch in grade wise although I realise it doesn't make a massive difference at the end of the day.

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Re: Oil advice and Recommendation

Post by oilman » Thu Jun 29, 2017 4:00 pm

Hi

As it's not burning oil, I would probably go for a 0w-30 or 5w-30.

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Re: Oil advice and Recommendation

Post by paddyboy » Thu Jun 29, 2017 4:22 pm

oilman wrote:
Thu Jun 29, 2017 4:00 pm
Hi

As it's not burning oil, I would probably go for a 0w-30 or 5w-30.

Cheers

Tim
Hi Tim,
Many thanks for the speedy response again. Yes I too am thinking the 0w-30 or 5w-30 route is probably best. I'm on hols in the Lake District right now (its raining hence I'm on the laptop!) . I'm not on secure wi-fi here either so I'll be ordering once I'm back home at the beginning of next week. Many thanks for your help :thumbs:
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Re: Oil advice and Recommendation

Post by WolverineMac » Thu Jul 06, 2017 11:33 am

Thanks.... i'll stick to the 0-30 then. Trying to get the parts for service... When you put the codes in from RealOem you don't necessary get the best choice when looking online i.e. spark plugs (Bosch or NGK etc.)
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Re: Oil advice and Recommendation

Post by oilman » Thu Jul 06, 2017 11:42 am

Sometimes there are multiple OEM suppliers so there can be variants.

You can always look up parts, based on the model details.

http://www.opieoils.co.uk/vehicle-lookup.aspx

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Re: Oil advice and Recommendation

Post by paddyboy » Sun Jul 09, 2017 1:57 pm

oilman wrote:
Thu Jun 29, 2017 10:48 am

The diff needs a 75w-90 GL5 oil.

http://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-673-75w-90- ... fluid.aspx

The Fuchs Syn 5, Millers CRX, Red Line 75w-90 GL5, Motul Gear 300 and Gulf Competition are ideal for the diff. The Fuchs Sintopoid, Castrol Syntrax Longlife, Millers TRX, Motul Motylgear, Mobil SHC and Gulf Syngear are also good choices.

We do not have a sump plug or washer for the diff.

Cheers

Tim
Hi Tim,

I was just putting my order together on your site and got a bit confused with the diff oil for my 130i (standard diff). I'm looking at the Redline 75w-90 GL5 and notice there is what looks like the standard one ("REDLINES most popular gear oil, 75W90 is the preferred product in nearly all car and light truck differentials, both conventional and limited-slip, as it contains friction modifier which is recommended for limited-slip units") and then there is the Redline 75w-90 NS GL5 ("This GL-5-type gear oil doesn't contain the friction modifiers for limited-slip hypoid differentials").

Confused now do I need standard or NS?

Many thanks :thumbs:
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