Don't like the time between oil changes

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I purchased a used Z4 with 10k miles. The next oil service is estimated to be in another 6k miles (this may be the first oil service).
I don't like going that long between changes regardless of the better
quality lubricants and filters used. I won't go much longer than 5k miles.
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grinder wrote:

Well, that'll cost you and the environment more then.
Andrew
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As I suspect others do, I have one change in between the scheduled changes. If you have the dealer do this, request an "interim" or "interval" oil change (about US $75.00), not an "oil service" ($200+) and ask that your dash countdown not be reset. Also, if the 50,000 mile free maintenance has transferred to you, BMW will do an annual change for free, even if the mileage doesn't call for it. My experience on my Z4 and E46 328i has been no oil consumption between the ca. 8,000 mile changes.
While you can do this at 5k if you wish, you are probably wasting money as the OEM synthetic oil doesn't need to be changed that frequently.
Tom K.
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Tom K. said

Does it really cost that much for a oil change at a BMW dealer?
How much would the materials cost for a DIY job?
Can an owner change his own oil and still "maintain" the warranty (assuming he keeps receipts, of course)?
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A 6-pack of Mobil-1 costs about $25 at Costco. It takes 7 or 8 quarts for the 6-cylinder engines, so you're looking at almost $35. A filter is about $10, so minimum would be $45 for DIY.
FloydR
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Floyd Rogers said

Thanks. Quite a bit less than $200+. ;-)
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But not much less than the oil change price of $75.
Tom K.
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Tom K. said

Good point. I suppose an "oil service" is more involved?
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It includes replacement of the cabin microfilter and a number of checks - primarily of the brakes.
Tom K.
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Why change the oil that early? I have an M3 and take 12Mls as interval for oil. Now over 135.000mls and still a low flying Bayer!
Do you change socks every 3 hours of the day??
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I agree that is too long.
I have a 99' 528i and I change it every 3000mi. Of course I have about 195K miles on the clock.
-Branden

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Because he is probably American and Americans like to change oil every 3000 miles.
It is clear from this and one or two other car NGs I follow that it is primarily North Americans who can't get to grips with modern oil change intervals, especially not those calculated by the OBC.
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I understand when the English change their oil it is also a reminder to brush their teeth.
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Yes, that's why we like to maximize the interval.
We take a bath once a year whether we need it or not.
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And we generally last longer than lardy yanks. Case proven!
Huw
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It follows Brits would eat less given they have such a hard time chewing. Anyway recent news has it that ole "fish 'n chips" is turning more than a few Brits into dumplings.
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I didn't know you were English, Huwie... ;;-)))
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Dori A Schmetterling wrote:

When it suits me, I am British. When it doesn't, I am not ;-)
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grinder wrote:

Hehe.
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No room for discussion, then. But what qualifications do you have to know more than either the car or oil maker?
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