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      02-13-2020, 03:58 PM   #23
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Amazon had single quarts for some oils when I was shopping, but it was pricey that way.

I did a lot of Googling about oil and even Costco, Walmart and Amazon synthetics were highly rated. Many of them come from the same place. I didn't realize Moly Gen had flourescent properties which can be a nice feature so I may use that oil in the future.
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Amazon had single quarts for some oils when I was shopping, but it was pricey that way.

I did a lot of Googling about oil and even Costco, Walmart and Amazon synthetics were highly rated. Many of them come from the same place. I didn't realize Moly Gen had flourescent properties which can be a nice feature so I may use that oil in the future.
Walmart for $25 for a 5qt black jug of Castrol 0W-40 EUROPEAN FORMULA. Said BMW LL-01 on the label until recently when they stopped paying the license fee to BMW.

BMW oil filter wrench can be found in almost any auto parts store for $3-$4. The secret is that it says "Volvo" on the label but fits BMW perfectly! See photo!
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I splurged for an aluminum oil filter cap, which you can pull with a ratchet or box wrench.



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Part of the reason I did is that aluminum sheds heat a lot better than the OEM plastic, which might help preserve the housing gasket, notorious for giving out early and being a PITA to replace. It looks cool too, the red is the same color as the oil catch can I put in.
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Me too.

I opted for a black one, very happy with the quality. Would recommend to others.

Have the matching black BMS catch can also.
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I splurged for an aluminum oil filter cap, which you can pull with a ratchet or box wrench.



https://burgertuning.com/products/bm...20-bmw-engines

Part of the reason I did is that aluminum sheds heat a lot better than the OEM plastic, which might help preserve the housing gasket, notorious for giving out early and being a PITA to replace. It looks cool too, the red is the same color as the oil catch can I put in.
Billfitz with the underhood bling! I like it!
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As long as we are on the subject of oil changes, does anyone use FCP Euro for their oil and filters?
Do you return your used filter and oil under their Lifetime warranty?
Just wondering if it's worth the hassle. Kind of makes it a one time purchase price just with a small surcharge for return postage.
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As long as we are on the subject of oil changes, does anyone use FCP Euro for their oil and filters?
Do you return your used filter and oil under their Lifetime warranty?
Just wondering if it's worth the hassle. Kind of makes it a one time purchase price just with a small surcharge for return postage.
I haven't done it, but have friends closer to CT that do. As long as the shipping cost for the oil is reasonable for you, why not?!
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As long as we are on the subject of oil changes, does anyone use FCP Euro for their oil and filters?
Do you return your used filter and oil under their Lifetime warranty?
Just wondering if it's worth the hassle. Kind of makes it a one time purchase price just with a small surcharge for return postage.
Ive read guys who do it but I have enough hassles in my life. Shipping dirty oil and filters back is not one that I wish to add. Shipping back something like spark plugs makes more sense to me.
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Shipping the oil is no biggy. When I do a change the old oil goes in the catch tray, and from there into the container(s) that the new oil came out of. I hose them off and take them to my local Auto Zone for free disposal, but I could just as easily put them back into the box that the oil was shipped to me in and return it. Same with the filter, after letting it drain over night and then sealing it in a sandwich bag. I haven't used FCP for oil yet, but depending on the cost of shipping I'll consider it this time. But, and it's a big but, shipping prices are out of sight. That's because thanks to the sweetheart deals that Amazon et al have wrangled out of shippers, including USPS, the price for the public is way up.
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Shipping the oil is no biggy. When I do a change the old oil goes in the catch tray, and from there into the container(s) that the new oil came out of. I hose them off and take them to my local Auto Zone for free disposal, but I could just as easily put them back into the box that the oil was shipped to me in and return it. Same with the filter, after letting it drain over night and then sealing it in a sandwich bag. I haven't used FCP for oil yet, but depending on the cost of shipping I'll consider it this time. But, and it's a big but, shipping prices are out of sight. That's because thanks to the sweetheart deals that Amazon et al have wrangled out of shippers, including USPS, the price for the public is way up.
Yes, I agree. Individual shipping prices have gotten ridiculous. Oil & filter costs me about $45, maybe 3x/year. Packing and shipping wouldn't be cheap. I ground shipped a box that size last week and it was close to $30.
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I shipped a couple in the last few months of that size. Even at less than 10 pounds they were both around $30 with UPS, and I have a business account. Needless to say I don't get Amazon's rate. I won't bother with the hassle if it only saves me 15 bucks.
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As long as we are on the subject of oil changes, does anyone use FCP Euro for their oil and filters?
Do you return your used filter and oil under their Lifetime warranty?
Just wondering if it's worth the hassle. Kind of makes it a one time purchase price just with a small surcharge for return postage.
I had never heard of them and they're maybe an hour from me. Interesting
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I wonder if the mann HU816Z filter will give me any issues.. just to be safe i bought the HU816X instead
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The Z doesn't provide you with a fresh drain plug washer. It does have a new plastic drain plug that you can't use.
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All US GTs need to use the HU816X
Look at it like X= xDrive
The xDrives got metal oil pans which use metal plugs. Metal plugs are reusable and only need new washers during an oil change.
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Did you read Post #6? It's highly recommended that you read a thread in its entirety before contributing to it.
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I wonder if the mann HU816Z filter will give me any issues.. just to be safe i bought the HU816X instead
The X is the right one. If you're searching on Amazon or some other places like I was, ignore what they're telling you and use the info here. Amazon says you need the Z kit, but it's wrong. As a BMW newbie I am finding this forum invaluable for info.
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Did you read Post #6? It's highly recommended that you read a thread in its entirety before contributing to it.
I have read the entire thread. It was mentioned so far back, I thought I'd reiterate your comments for those who don't go to the beginning.

Sorry I offender you.
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