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Old 03-05-2012, 08:52 PM   #1
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BMW: Longlife-01

Aside from going to the stealer or Canadian Tire, where do you get your BMW LL-01 oil?

Also, has anyone used Liqui Moly 5W-40 with any success?
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Probably not what you're looking for but I get Castrol Syntec 0W30 from either Canadian Tire or in the US @ Auto Zone or O'Reilly Auto Parts. It meets the specifications of BMW Longlife-01.

Lots of people have been using LiquiMoly 5W40 in the US without issues so I think it should be ok.

Have you ever changed your CCV/cyclone oil seperator?

Edit: http://www.bimmerfile.com/wp-content...hetic-oils.pdf

Edit #2: Google search for your motor (as per your sig) yield this list of approved oils meeting BMW Longlife-01 specs:
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Old 03-05-2012, 09:22 PM   #3
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I just had the CCV replaced (it was making the Chewbacca noise.)

The motor is currently running Total 5W30 with an additive. I'll probably try Mobil 1 0W40 as Canadian Tire sometimes has it on sale (I saw it 2 weeks ago for 8.49 a quart.)

Does Lordco carry Liqui Moly? BMA parts carries it, but it would be nice to get it locally as opposed to making the trip to Point Roberts.
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Yeah, I think Lordco should carry it. I know NAPA has it but their retail prices (without a shop account) is rape galore.

A good alternative is Redline Oil. It's not BMW Longlife approved but a lot of the PacNW BMW guys run it. Best prices are at Driver's Edge. Speak to Frank if you're interested. Cool guy.

I changed my CCV and oil filter housing gasket just before winter and so far, so good. Not a lick of oil leaked or burnt.
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:09 PM   #5
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I dont know how much shipping is from Calgary to Vancouver. I am not trying to advertise but rather help you out, If you are interested in in liqui moly 5w40 I can get it for you close to my cost, for about $35.00 for 5 litres. Oil filter would be around another $10.00 or $15.00. Liqui Moly is one of the few companies that make aftermarket oil for the BMW M3 as well.
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:04 AM   #6
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A pro tip- stop using that crappy overpriced bmw oil and go to Lordco and get yourself some "Royal purple" , the difference can sometimes be felt, its that good.
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Just an update.

I find that with the years of experience using Redline oils, they seem to break down rather quickly.
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Except Royal Purple is not LL01 qualified.. so if you put that in your still warrantied car.. your engine's warrant is toast.

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A pro tip- stop using that crappy overpriced bmw oil and go to Lordco and get yourself some "Royal purple" , the difference can sometimes be felt, its that good.
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HopeFung also carries it.. also Koon's sell them in bulk.

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I just had the CCV replaced (it was making the Chewbacca noise.)

The motor is currently running Total 5W30 with an additive. I'll probably try Mobil 1 0W40 as Canadian Tire sometimes has it on sale (I saw it 2 weeks ago for 8.49 a quart.)

Does Lordco carry Liqui Moly? BMA parts carries it, but it would be nice to get it locally as opposed to making the trip to Point Roberts.
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A pro tip- stop using that crappy overpriced bmw oil and go to Lordco and get yourself some "Royal purple" , the difference can sometimes be felt, its that good.
is this a joke? Royal Purple oil in a M5?
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is this a joke? Royal Purple oil in a M5?
A 30 year mechanic veteran told me about it, the man has won canada wide bmw mechanic awards, so im sure he knows what hes talking about.
I cant afford to pay 150$ per hr for that guy but luckily my family knows him so he helps me out for free sometimes.
Idk wtf royal purple does, i'm just following Doctor's Orders
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Except Royal Purple is not LL01 qualified.. so if you put that in your still warrantied car.. your engine's warrant is toast.
For newer cars it might be different, but in the case of the older e39, many people swear by it. I just started using it, i dont feel like my car has a thousand extra horses but so far it works fine.
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Old 06-21-2012, 06:17 PM   #13
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Well LL-01 means for car after 2001. The previous one is LL-98. Non of the Royal Purplse is BMW qualified. ( which means they go through BMW's own specs) on top of APIs.

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For newer cars it might be different, but in the case of the older e39, many people swear by it. I just started using it, i dont feel like my car has a thousand extra horses but so far it works fine.
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HopeFung also carries it.. also Koon's sell them in bulk.
Thanks for the tips, guys.

After I created this thread, Canadian Tire had some Castrol Syntec European Formula on sale for about $8.50/litre. I bought enough for my next oil change. Considering how much I drive, I'll likely only need to change the oil once every 8-9 months (I drive less than ~10K/year.)
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anybody check out the sale on mobil 1 0w-40 at o'reilly down in the states? 5.1 quart container apparently going for as low as 27.99, not sure if its the same price as all branch locations or when the sale ends

anyways i get mobil 1 0w-40 from walmart in the states

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If anybody cares, just an update:

I stopped using Castrol 0W30 in my M3. It burns too quickly in the summer as it is too thin. I went back to factory spec 5W40 (Motul) and not a single drip or burn 6 months in.
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How often do you change your oil?
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I don't drive a lot so I've only ever changed the oil once so far in almost 2 year's ownership on the M3.

The E91 gets changed once a year. It doesn't get driven very often unless I'm in LA.
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