Best oil for 2020 F56 Cooper 1.3 petrol

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  1. #1
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    Hi All

    Our Cooper (1.5 petrol) is about a year old and given the low mileage when we purchased, we won't be doing the miles to trigger a CBS service before two years, so it wont be due its first service until around March 2022. I don't like the idea of leaving it that long so was going to get an interim oil change done soon, at the local garage (and not update service record).

    Just wanted to check which oil others are using. I bought the car from Parks and they advise they use Castrol 0w-30, but I imagine that will just be the brand currently offering them the best bulk buy. I've seen mention that the factory oil is maybe Shell Helix?

    I think I'll also need 4.5 litres. I'll just supply this myself as I'm sure it will be cheaper.

    Cheers

    Dave
    Last edited by Bianchi Dave; 2nd April 2021 at 04:59 PM.

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    Super Moderator Alasdair JCW's Avatar
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    Does the owner's manual not state the recommended oil?

    EDIT:

    I've just had a quick look at my own manual and it doesn't recommend a brand.
    I might be going crazy but I'm sure it used to recommend Castrol in the manuals for my previous MINIs.

    As it is, I've always stuck with Castrol and never had an issue with any of my MINIs.
    Last edited by Alasdair JCW; 2nd April 2021 at 05:26 PM.
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    MINI always used to recommend Castrol but changed to Shell Helix a few years ago now.

    I’ve used Petronas on my last few oil changed and never had any issues
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    Cheers guys
    Yes, it used to be Castrol and I think Mobil prior to that. My manual states 0w-30 BMW Longlife -04, -12FE or 17FE+, ACEA C2 or C3. Its confusing as hell really, trying to work out which is best to get!
    A main dealer on ebay is doing 5x 1ltr bottles of the MINI branded Shell (LL-04) for 56.99, so might just go with that. I'll give Eliot at HF Kirkcaldy a shout too, to see if they are any cheaper.

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    I believe they changed in 2020 to 0W-20.

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