I just bought a 2010 BMW M3 and the dealer put Castrol 5w 30 instead of 5w 60


Asked by Aug 09, 2015 at 11:58 PM about the 2010 BMW M3 Convertible RWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I bought this BMW M3 2010 a few days ago. I drove in from Dallas to Tulsa on a really hot
day. About 4 hours. When I got home i noticed the oil sticker on the windshield said they
used the wrong oil when they changed it.  5w 30 instead of 5w 60. Does anyone think it
may have damaged the engine. Of course I will get it changed immediately. I just want
some advice please. I am new to the M3. Thanks

8 Answers


Describe "really hot". The 60 weight is pretty thick oil designed to keep things lubricated.

1 people found this helpful.

Thanks for the reply Mark. I think it was 96 degrees on the highway and I was pushing it here and there for fun. So I averaged 75-80. But pushed it passing other cars a few times. Thanks again.


Russ, well, you know, you can't reverse time , unless you're Superman, and that's just a movie (LOL). Seriously, I wouldn't worry about it since you changed the oil to the proper viscosity. I mean, you're not going to open up your engine to examine it, are you? Just drive the car and enjoy!

2 people found this helpful.

If the dealership did it by mistake, drive it back and have them drain and fill with the 5W-60. Unless it's hot where you are and your racing the car, you will be fine in the meantime.

2 people found this helpful.

If I were in your situation I would not be worried about damage. Either take it back to the dealer and have it resolved or do it yourself.

1 people found this helpful.

Thanks everyone

1 people found this helpful.

It shouldn't hurt the engine. I'd do what Tom said.

1 people found this helpful.

10W-60 is the recommended oil and no, your engine will be fine.

Your Answer:


Looking for a Used M3 in your area?

CarGurus has 1,489 nationwide M3 listings starting at $6,000.


BMW M3 Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
  • #2
    Mike Zaba
  • #3
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used BMW 3 Series
1,037 Great Deals out of 30,174 listings starting at $900
Used BMW M5
4 Great Deals out of 625 listings starting at $13,967
Used Ford Mustang
303 Great Deals out of 40,193 listings starting at $1,312
Used Mercedes-Benz C-Class
680 Great Deals out of 25,587 listings starting at $1,100
Used Porsche 911
70 Great Deals out of 4,576 listings starting at $9,999
Used Chevrolet Corvette
81 Great Deals out of 15,209 listings starting at $4,499
Used BMW 5 Series
404 Great Deals out of 16,896 listings starting at $1,653
Used Chevrolet Camaro
269 Great Deals out of 27,309 listings starting at $2,900
Used BMW M6
7 Great Deals out of 488 listings starting at $14,900
Used Dodge Challenger
185 Great Deals out of 22,230 listings starting at $7,495
Used Nissan GT-R
451 listings starting at $55,995
Used Audi S5
23 Great Deals out of 1,667 listings starting at $12,675

Used Cars For Sale

2013 BMW M3 Convertible RWD For Sale
23 listings starting at $30,799

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.