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2003 BMW 530i Question: Is it harmful to mix synthetic and natural motor oil?



saxmaniac, North Reading, MA, January 19, 2012, 16:32

Have both 530i and 323ix. "fULL SERVE" attendant put 2 quarts of 10-30 natural in the 323 without asking. Will oit do any damage to the engine?

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    January 20, 2012, 09:45

    NO, BUT If it was that low, you've likely exceeded the time factor or miles for the oil and it needs changed anyway. Unless you have a significant leak, I can't imagine being 2 qts low. If it were mine, I'd change it ASAP. I used syn-oil in my 1999 323i and it never leaked, but would use < 1 qt. by the time I changed at 10k miles intervals. KIA at 235k miles and still running great. My now newer 530xi does not loose a drop up to 8k miles between changes on BMW approved Syn-Oil with 68K miles on the odometer.

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    saxmaniac, January 20, 2012, 10:27

    Thx. Yes, it was due for a change --to synthetic, about 10K between changes -- 125K on the odo. Doesn't burn, but it uses oil. Similar situation with 160 hp aircraft engines I fly -- oil is really the lowest type of insurance. Thx.

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