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      04-05-2020, 09:19 PM   #23
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Here's the list of BMW approved oils - I'd pretty much bet that this is what the dealer will use in your car, based on geographic region

https://www.newtis.info/tisv2/a/en/g...enance/1PSryV8
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      04-06-2020, 06:09 AM   #24
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BMW has exclusively use full synthetic oil since at least the e46, if not the e36 (can't remember my e36, too long ago). BMW dealers only use BMW branded oil. Why is this still being discussed?
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BMW has exclusively use full synthetic oil since at least the e46, if not the e36 (can't remember my e36, too long ago). BMW dealers only use BMW branded oil. Why is this still being discussed?
Per the original post, I posed this question before I had my car and before I had access to the owners manual; at that time,it seemed like a relatively reasonable yes or no question. I did Google around but could not find a definitive answer at the time -- a lot of conversations around the topic assumed historical knowledge about specific BMW models.

I wasn't aware they've been using synthetic for all models since the late 90s though (or even that all BMW branded oil was synthetic), so good to know. I don't think Lexus started doing this until around 2013 or so.
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