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2001 BMW 3-Series 325Ci 2dr Coupe

2001 BMW 3-Series
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Rear Wheel Drive, 2 Door Coupe, Sub-Compact
20 mpg city / 29 mpg hwy
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September 5, 2011, 4:49 am

Thomas K

Question: Oil Chnage

Hi - I just bought a 2001 BMW 330i. I need to change the oil and wonder what kind of oil to put into it - I think synthetic but which brand - Mobil 1? And what viscosity ?
Also - do you know how to change the oil snesor switch which is at the bottom of the oil pan - I see the oil light is lit up and I read that this switch could be the cause since it is full of oil.


September 6, 2011, 8:01 pm

Tyler O

BMW will tell you to use their own. Id use only a full synthetic personally, Mobil 1 is okay. Redline or Amsoil are better but expensive.

The viscosity will depend on your climate.

"Fluid Type Specifications

BMW of North America has introduced a line of exclusively formulated High Performance Engine Oils which exceed existing international quality specifications (SAE/CCMC) for motor oils. BMW part numbers are:

SAE 5W-30 (SJ/CF) 1 quart Part No. 07 51 0 017 866
BMW High Performance Synthetic Oil

SAE 15W-40 (SJ/CF) 1 quart Part No. 07 51 0 017 868
BMW High Performance Mineral Oil"

The oil level sensor unbolts from the pan. Drain the oil first.

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