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pumi63 posted a topic in E60/E61 2004-2010Hi , My 2009 BMW 535d is now almost 10 years old and has covered 62000 miles and with service required in approx.600 miles car is feeling sluggish . Let's face it no matter how good the car maybe it is not a sought after M5 or an M3 .... so i have decided to save my battered wallet and try an alternative service with a BMW mechanic and i supply the parts from Mahle , Mann , Hengst , Knecht and the various branded oils recommended for my car . The choice out there is bewildering and BMW are never going to tell me who makes their overpriced bits and fluids ! BMW major service quoted inc vat £ 359.00 , my local indy that i use : £ 285.00 plus vat , Munich Legends £ 399.00 and my friendly no garage / overheads cash job BMW trained mechanic will do it for £ 350.00 inc 10% discount on parts and book stamped !!! Oil from Castrol website recommendation is 0W 30 but the Mobil ( Super XE 3000 )and Shell ( Helix Ultra ) expert recommendations state 5W30 which seems to make more sense economically and taking into account vehicle age and would slightly quieten a nosier engine . Now filters are much trickier with many stating that Mahle and Mann are OEM for BMW albeit rebranded and packaged BMW for a lot more $$$ . I would like to know which brand of oil and parts supplier is better for my car as i'm not gonna bother paying over the odds for main dealer parts .... I will change the oil filter , air filter , 2 cabin filters , fuel filter . Inspection 2 kit from BMW is £ 111 .80 but looking around the internet i can get equivalent parts for around $ 50 less or more . Similarly , BMW branded twin-turbo oil looks very pretty but wallet battering and the Mobil and Shell offerings are again almost 50% cheaper . Now , do i go for Euro Car parts , GSF or the German based buy car parts uk pretender , which offers parts cheaper and wider choice with OEM numbers and specs listed ? As part of my new year resolution , i would like to save some money this time on this jalopy after what she cost me a few years back in repairs ! Any advice or ideas appreciated , thank you , Pumi