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.
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.
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)?
Because he is probably American and Americans like to change oil every 3000
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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