2004 Mini S oil changes

I have been doing my own oil changes for years. I wasn't going to change the oil in my Mini S because there was no way I was going to be able to
crawl under there. After spending $89 I am now rethinking that policy.
Anybody know of a good link that shows where the drain plug is and the procedure for changing the oil?
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grinder wrote:

You can get the bmw/mini service cd's off eBay cheap enough.
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Thanks. I found two and am trying to determine difference between the CDs.
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grinder wrote:

Haven't looked, but I'd guess old new mini / new new mini ?
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Both cover '04 - I just want to determine which CD is more thorough.
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Oil drain plug is near the front. Just reach in, no need to get under the car. Change the filter using a short 36 mm socket. I bought a cheap one from Autozone and cut it in half to shorten the length. Works great. Don't forget to put rags under the filter to catch the oil when pulling the filter cover and filter out.

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I thought it was simple. I have been changing my own oil for the last 35 years. I figure I can save $40-$50 if I do it myself.

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http://www.tech-esq.com/MINI/MINIOilChange.htm

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On Sat, 21 Apr 2007 22:32:33 -0700, David Edgley wrote:

yep, I've used this procedure. worked fine.
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Is this for a 2004? I have looked under the car and it seems the drain plug is on the bottom with a blue dot next to it and not on the end of the pan. The filter type indicates the procedure is for a W11 engine. Torque specs for the filter cover to oil filter AND the drain plug is 25Nm.
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On Sun, 22 Apr 2007 18:12:12 +0000, grinder wrote:

Mine's a 2006 MCS mate, and it's as depicted in the pic. At the end of the pan. I just checked the Haynes manual, and it shows it at the end of the pan too.
You gotta slide underneath the car a bit. It's towards the back.
What year/model is your MINI?
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2004 S. I just took a peak under there and saw a bolt on the bottom. I bought a CD for repair and it shows the bolt on the bottom.
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