Types of Oil for Mini Cooper S

by Sarah Trahnesie

Whether you just need to top off your oil between trips or are interested in changing the oil of your Mini Cooper S yourself, using the right oil is extremely important. Oil is what keeps a vehicle's engine parts lubricated and running smoothly. There are a wide variety of oils on the market; it is important to pick the type that is right for your vehicle.

Dealership Maintenance

According to the Mini Cooper S owner's manual, all maintenance work for a Mini Cooper, including oil changes, should be performed at a Mini Cooper dealership. The dealership knows exactly what oil is right for you car. If a dealership is not available in your specific area, find an Mini-Cooper certified automotive repair shop to complete your oil changes.

Mini Cooper S Oil Types

Mini High Performance Synthetic 5W-30 oil is the oil the Mini Cooper dealership uses when it does oil changes on Mini Coopers. Use this oil to top off engine oil if the level is down. It is important to remember to check your oil level regularly. The manufacturer recommends checking oil level every time you fuel up your vehicle.

Other Oils You May Use

If Mini High Performance Synthetic 5W-30 oil is not available, the manufacturer recommends using one of the following oils: Castrol Syntec European Formula Ultra SAE 5W-30, Mobil 1 SAE OW-40, Pennzoil Platinum European Formula Ultra SAE 5W-30, or Valvoline SynPower SAE 5W-30. All of these oils meet Mini's long-life ratings and are safe for use in Mini Coopers in the United States with gasoline engines.

Minimum Requirements

Only use oils that are synthetic oils with an American Petroleum Institute rating of SM or higher. API ratings indicate that the oil meets the original equipment manufacturer's performance and quality standards recommended for its use. Look for the service rating in the API "Service Symbol Donut" on the product label.

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