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Type of Engine Oil for BMW 5 E12

The table shows all suitable motor oils for Bmw 5 E12, made in 1976 — 1981.

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Year
Grade SAE

all-season
+25 to -25 °C
winter
-30 to +5 °C
summer
-5 to +45 °C
Gasoline
API
Diesel
API
Oil Type Recommended Brand
1977

15W-20
10W-30

5W-20
10W-20

20W-20
25W-20

SJ
SH
CH-4
CG-4
mineral Motul, Mannol, Total, Kendall, Lliqui-Moly
1978

15W-20
10W-30

5W-20
10W-30

20W-20
25W-20

SJ
SH
CH-4
CG-4
mineral Kixx, Exxon, Mannol, Chevron, Lliqui-Moly, Motul
1979

15W-20
10W-20
10W-30

5W-20
10W-20

20W-20
25W-30
25W-20

SJ
SH
CH-4
CG-4
mineral Mannol, Chevron, Total, Kendall, Lliqui-Moly
1980

15W-30
10W-30

10W-20

20W-30
20W-20
25W-20

SJ
SH
CH-4
CG-4
mineral Exxon, Mannol, Chevron, Total, Kendall, Lliqui-Moly
1981

15W-20
10W-30

5W-30
10W-20
10W-30

20W-20
25W-30

SJ
SH
CH-4
CG-4
mineral Motul, Mannol, Chevron
Data close to recommended in BMW

To buy the right oil you need to know SAE Viscosity Grade and API Quality Index oil for diesel or gasoline engine. You can select any Brand from the listed.

Example: for gasoline engines BMW 5 (E12) 1976, suitable multigrade mineral oil 10W-20 quality SJ, SH. For bodies made in 1981, for the cold season, well suited mineral 5W-30 \ SJ, SH.

If possible, check the selected oil for compliance with the manufacturers specifications and service intervals.

Checking the Engine Oil condition

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Used engine Oil

Used oil with mechanical impurities

Used oil in middle condition

Used oil in bad condition

Very bad Oil

Oil with an overheated engine

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