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      01-18-2013, 01:42 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by ChRR1000S View Post
Mobil 1 ESP Formula 5W30 to be precisly, and he offerd to swap it for me, no charge

Did anyone else ditch the OEM - Oil?
I am not so sure about the Mobil 1 5W30. I used that and Mobil 1 10W30 in my WRX and did oil analysis through blackstone labs and found that the oil sheered down to a lower viscosity after only 4000 miles and there were a lot of traces of wear metals in the oil.

My oil consumption was higher as well. I don't believe Mobil 1 5W30 is appropriate for a high heat turbo motor such as our N54

I switched to Castrol European Formula 0W30 and subsequently to Shell Rotella T and those were much more sheer stable under high temps and my oil consumption normalized, and wear metals in the analysis report reduced

Right now in my Z4 35i I am using the OE oil but if I were to switch, I would go back to European Castrol 0W30. There is a forum called bobistheoilguy where there is so much tech on oil, and this oil was highly regarded.

Coincidentally, BMW USA calls out specific oils that are approved for the engines and European Castrol 0W30 is one of them.

With no disrespect meant to the OP's mechanic friend, I would really want some strong tech before moving away from the manufacturer's recommendation. One example of such tech would be used oil analysis reports of the oil being recommended for the specific motor for a decent period of time from someone with similar usage pattern as you.