The oil you put into your car is essentially the lifeblood of your engine. Not only does it provide lubrication, but it also cleans the engine, helps with cooling, and prevents corrosion. It’s always a good idea to use the best quality motor oil you can — especially when you’re driving a precision machine like a BMW.
If you’re not sure how to choose the best motor oil for peak performance, you’re in the right place. Here are some things to consider and a few of our top recommendations.
Synthetic vs. Conventional Oil
Conventional motor oil is less expensive than synthetic, but it’s also lower quality. It contains molecules that are inconsistent in size, which creates extra friction when flowing around the engine.
BMW recommends the exclusive use of synthetic oil as it’s much better for their high-tech engines. It lasts longer, doesn’t deteriorate in intense heat or cold, and has better viscosity. This ensures your engine is protected from component wear while also maximizing energy efficiency.
If you want to know what kind of motor oil is best for your BMW, you only need to look as far as your owner’s manual. You’ll find the oil rating standards there. You might see something like “BMW Longlife-01” or “BMW Longlife-01 FE.”
Once you know this, you can choose any brand of engine oil that has these certifications printed on the label. Be careful not to choose an oil that you think meets the specifications. If it doesn’t have the BMW specification clearly listed on the label, it’s not a good choice. Also note that not all oils made by a specific manufacturer or all weights of a certain type of oil are BMW compliant.
BMW also makes specific brand recommendations, but these seem to change every few years. Currently, they’re recommending BMW Twinpower 5W30 Synthetic and Pennzoil Synthetic Motor Oil.
BMW vehicles with high-performance engines (like the M-series) require a different kind of oil than other models. The Original BMW M Twin Power Engine Oil is an excellent choice. Castrol Edge 5W-30 Advanced Full Synthetic Motor Oil is also ideal for supercharged and high-performance BMWs. It has excellent viscosity that’s helpful for cold-starts. It can also handle extreme pressure and is reasonably priced.
Mobil 1120760 is another option that is best suited for high-performance engines. It exceeds the latest BMW OEM and industry standards, eliminates cold starts, and has exceptional cleaning capabilities. You may have a hard time finding it at your local auto parts store, but you can usually get it online at Amazon or Walmart.
Always Plan Ahead
If you’re planning to DIY your next oil change, don’t make the mistake of waiting until the last minute to get your oil. There are few things more stressful than rushing around, trying to find an oil that meets your BMW’s specifications. There’s a good chance that you won’t be able to find exactly what you want at your local store, and could end up choosing a sub-par option in your hurry to get it done. It might feel good to accomplish something on your “to-do” list, but there’s a good chance that you could cause serious damage to your vehicle’s engine.
Instead, order your oil online ahead of time or find out where you can get it locally before you actually need it. Better yet, schedule an appointment to have your oil changed by one of our professionals. We’ll ensure that you get the ideal motor oil for your specific vehicle and that it’s always ready to perform at its best!