BMW 5 Series Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 5 Series: Engine oil types to add

General information

The engine oil quality is critical for the life of the engine.

Only add the types of engine oil which are listed.

Safety information

NOTICE

Oil additives can damage the engine. There is a risk of damage to property. Do not use oil additives.

NOTICE

Incorrect engine oil can cause malfunctions in the engine or damage it. There is a risk of damage to property. When selecting an engine oil, make sure that the engine oil has the correct oil rating.

Suitable engine oil types

Add engine oils that meet the following oil rating standards:

  • BMW Longlife-01 FE.
  • BMW Longlife-14 FE+.
  • BMW Longlife-17 FE+.

Oil ratings BMW Longlife-14 FE+ and BMW Longlife-17 FE+ are not suitable for gasoline engines 50i and 60i.

Alternative engine oil types

If an engine oil suitable for continuous use is not available, up to 1 US quart/liter of an engine oil with the following oil rating can be added:

  • API SL.
  • API SM.
  • API SN.

Viscosity grades

  • SAE 0W-20.
  • SAE 0W-30.

Viscosity grade SAE 0W-20 is not suitable for gasoline engines 50i and 60i.

More information about suitable oil ratings and viscosity grades of engine oils can be requested from a dealer's service center or another qualified service center or repair shop.

Engine oil change

NOTICE

Engine oil that is not changed in timely fashion can cause increased engine wear and thus engine damage. There is a risk of damage to property. Do not exceed the service data indicated in the vehicle.

The vehicle manufacturer recommends that you have a dealer's service center or another qualified service center or repair shop change the engine oil.

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