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Old 06-06-2008, 09:55 PM   #1
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Default BMW Oil Change question... need your opinion

Ok here's the story:

BMW shows on their system that my M3 had its last oil change at 38k miles (done by them). I am currently at 50k miles.
I bought it with 44k miles from a dealer (not BMW), and it had a sticker that said to change the oil at 49k miles. Because of this, I'm assuming that the dealer I bought it from changed the oil on the car, but was not able to reset the car's system because they are not a BMW dealer. Anyways, I have not changed the oil.
I am at 50k miles and took it in to BMW for service 2, but they DID NOT do an oil change because the car's computer is not asking for one.
Now when I turn on my car, it says: OIL SERVICE DUE IN 15,500 MILES... It did not say this before they did service 2. Anyways, if I follow the computer's advice, this means that I'd change the oil 21,000 miles from when I bought it (assuming they actually changed the oil at the dealer I bought it from). If they did not change the oil at the dealer when I bought it, it would be about 27,000 miles from when BMW shows the last oil change was done.

Anyways, should I just go get an oil change done for peace of mind and pay for it? It's not included in the maintenance plan because the computer is not asking for one yet. I'm afraid BMW just reset it and the car's computer thinks that there is new oil in there... damn it I'm confused!!

and yes, BMWs don't get their oil changed every 3k/5k miles like most other cars so no need to bring that up.

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Old 06-06-2008, 10:01 PM   #2
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i would do the oil change.... when in doubt, change the oil... especially in this situation where the computer may be duped.
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Old 06-06-2008, 11:06 PM   #3
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My wife's MB is similar; oil change every 10k miles or 1 year, whichever comes first. The computer counts down based not just on mileage but on how many times the car is started.

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Now when I turn on my car, it says: OIL SERVICE DUE IN 15,500 MILES... It did not say this before they did service 2.
What did it say before they did the service? They shouldn't have reset it without actually doing the oil change. IMO at this point you should just have it done to be on the safe side. Oh and never buy a used car without complete service records.
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Old 06-06-2008, 11:23 PM   #4
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Change your oil every 8k, I am a BMW tech, the dealer sells the cars saying to change every 15k, every valve cover job i do there is cottage cheese coked oil under it from the people who go 15k intervals, seriously 8k is what we recomend for synthetic

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Old 06-06-2008, 11:35 PM   #5
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These service intervals are crap, as GregBolby said.

You should change your oil religiously at half the manufacturer-recommended service interval! 7500 miles at most.
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Old 06-07-2008, 12:21 AM   #6
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id do it yourself. save some cash...ooh...shoot i just remembered that you are gonna need to reset the oil change light...hm...but yes either way get it changed just to be safe
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Old 06-07-2008, 01:43 AM   #7
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The "service 2" includes an oil change...... even if they said it doesnt call for it, because by that rule it would not have called for an inspection 2. Im sorry that you had to pay for that service. Very pricey at my dealer. If you have an m3 just make sure you take it out and drive aggressive every once in a while. Keeps the vanos from "caking up". I would go to your dealer and tell them to see an inspection 2 spec sheet and it clearly states that an oil and filter change should be done at the time of the major service along with valve adjustment. And also, you dont have to be at a bmw dealer to reset that light.
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Old 06-07-2008, 02:21 AM   #8
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I would send out a sample to a lab and see how everything is doing.
I was changing every 5K on my TDI due to mods/driving (VW tells me 9 or 10K). The lab told me to go another 3K and see how it goes. So at 8K I changed the oil, and sent a sample. Turned out, that the wear was fine, and it had plenty of additives/lube/whatever left and I could have gone longer.
Its also pretty nice to see how the motor is doing.
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Old 06-07-2008, 09:28 AM   #9
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The "service 2" includes an oil change...... even if they said it doesnt call for it, because by that rule it would not have called for an inspection 2.

I would go to your dealer and tell them to see an inspection 2 spec sheet and it clearly states that an oil and filter change should be done at the time of the major service along with valve adjustment.
Agreed. Why even do "service 2" without an oil change? And why did they reset the light? Something is very fishy here. Sounds like they may have (a) charged you for service you didn't need and (b) not done all the listed work for said service.
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Old 06-07-2008, 10:45 AM   #10
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I just had Mach V change mine even though the service indicator shows another 7k to go. We did a head swap and dyno pulls + tuning, so, I feel better spending the $90 for Motul and a new filter instead of the 15k intervals. My car only has 17k miles on it and this is the second oil change since I took delivery in Jul '06.
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Old 06-07-2008, 11:44 AM   #11
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i would do the oil change.... when in doubt, change the oil... especially in this situation where the computer may be duped.
+1 also if you can pull off the valve cover and check out how it looks , if it looks like sludge build up I would do the oil changes every 2,000 miles untill it looks clean again.

pull the radiator and clean out the passages and flush the system.
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