BMW approvals are used when choosing engine oil for BMW, BMW i, BMW M, BMW X, DriveNow, Mini, Rolls-Royce.
The BMW Group is extremely strict about the use of engine oils in its vehicles and its recommendations vary depending on the vehicle model and engine type. And the division of oils into groups is based on the results of numerous tests and laboratory oil tests.
BMW is regarded as one of the leaders in the automotive industry, being one of the big three German carmakers alongside Mercedes Benz and AUDI (VAG). The sports versions of the cars with the M prefix are particularly popular.
BMW cars are justly considered among the best. Modern technologies, a wide choice of automobiles with powerful engines with the volume beginning from 1 liter, use of 2 or even 3 turbines, observance of ecological norms, and fight for the economy. All this defines the quality of cars and stipulates high requirements for lubricants used in BMW engines. All of this has led the automobile market giant to create its own approvals.
According to BMW specifications, only BMW approved lubricants that have passed a series of tests may be used for models 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 with petrol engines. For the same series with diesel engines, ACEA-approved oils may be used (see Owner’s Manual and Service Booklet).
What is a BMW specification?
BMW specifications are symbolic designations for the properties of engine oil for a certain type of vehicle engine that you use when selecting an oil for your BMW. By selecting oil according to the respective specification, you ensure that you are using the correct oil for your BMW.
BMW oil approvals for petrol and diesel engines – general classification. In order to find the exact approval for a specific engine model, we recommend referring to your vehicle’s documentation. BMW itself strongly recommends that only specially tested engine oils should be used for petrol engines.
If you have a diesel engine, you can use universal engine oils whose requirements are fulfilled in accordance with the engine documentation. Bear in mind that if you select a lubricant for your engine and it is not BMW approved, this means that the oil has not passed specific tests and is not recommended for use in a petrol engine!
BMW Engine Oil Approvals
In general, the point is that tolerances for BMW oils should be selected based on the manufacturer’s recommendations. The brand, interval and viscosity should be selected on the basis of the specific conditions in which the vehicle is used.
BMW Longlife-98 (BMW LL-98)
Special long-life engine oil approved by BMW. Also meets the requirements of ACEA A3/B3, API SJ/CD, EC SAE 5W-40. Generally required for BMW vehicles produced before 2002. Obsolete since 2009.
BMW Longlife-01 (BMW LL-01)
Special BMW approval for fully synthetic, long-life oil. Product complies with ACEA A3/B3 and API: SJ/CD EC-II. Generally required for BMW vehicles produced after 2002. Can also be used where BMW Longlife-98 oil is recommended.
BMW Longlife-01 FE (BMW LL-01 FE)
Fully synthetic long life oil with fuel-saving properties. Oils meeting these specifications must have a low HTHS viscosity in order to meet the manufacturer’s fuel economy requirements. These oils are only suitable for the following engines: N1x, N2x, N54, N55, N63, N74.
BMW Longlife-04 (BMW LL-04)
Special BMW approval for fully synthetic, long-life oil. SAE viscosity 0W-30, 0W-40, 5W-30 and 5W-40. Generally required for BMW equipped with a diesel particulate filter (DPF). Can also be used where BMW Longlife-98 or BMW Longlife-01 oil is recommended.
BMW Longlife-12 (BMW LL-12)
Special engine oil only for certain approved petrol engines and the following diesel engines: Nx7K1, Nx7U1, Nx7O1 from model year 2013. Not suitable for engines with 2 or 3 turbos.
BMW Longlife-14+ (BMW LL-14+)
Special engine oil only for the following petrol engines: N20, Bx8 from model year 2014. Not approved for diesel engines.
BMW Longlife-17 FE (BMW LL-17 FE)
This specification requires a 0W20 oil with low SAPS content, normally compliant with ACEA C5. Oils complying with this specification are generally recommended for the latest BMW petrol and diesel vehicles. The base oil is normally Group IV (polyalphaolefins).