The manual is actually quite clear, as is the car. The car's
computer counts down - look at the message line in the
instrument panel - and tells you when. Once yearly or
about 15K miles.
Many people halve the 15K.
On 30 Jul 2006 19:32:47 -0700, ibm firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
You couldn't? Because it's pretty clear BMW says it's needed every
15,000 miles, as part of the scheduled services. If I waited that
long, my oil would be several years old by the time it was changed, so
I change it myself at the 7500 mile mark.
"Everybody wants a normal life and a cool car;
most people will settle for the car." Chris Titus
2003 BMW 325i Black/Black, 2003 BMW Z4 Black/Black
in my 1998 the original oil wasnt synthetic.so i dont know about using the
for synthetic i change the oil filter when the green lights are gone.
then i wait till the next time the lights are out or once a year to change
the oil .
i use Mobil 1 0W40
Change it when the service indictor tells you to - it is explained in the
handbook. The specified oil is expensive synthetic designed to have a long
life. Changing it earlier than when indicated is simply throwing away
money and will have no effect on the engine's life.
*Not all men are annoying. Some are dead.
Dave Plowman email@example.com London SW
Maybe in the UK, but in the US the dealers use Castrol 5w-30 synthetic which
has been proven to not handle long intervals such as 15K miles very well.
There have been cases of sludged up engines as well, using this oil. I'm
sure there are other oils that can do better though.
Do you recall which particular oil the UK dealers use?
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