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zen68
05-10-2007, 12:46 PM
I changed engine oil on my car after 6K miles and it was very dirty. I don't know what the hell BMW is thinking to recommend oil change interval of 12K miles.

Anyway, does anyone know how to reset the service reminder? I play with it a bit but couldn't figure out and I'm too lazy to read the manual :D

stream
05-10-2007, 12:58 PM
Only the dealer can do it. And you wouldn't want to, since this is how BMW determines which service items are due (and therefore covered during the new car warranty).

zen68
05-10-2007, 01:37 PM
Thanks, Stream.

nekountze
05-11-2007, 03:09 AM
I changed engine oil on my car after 6K miles and it was very dirty. I don't know what the hell BMW is thinking to recommend oil change interval of 12K miles.

Anyway, does anyone know how to reset the service reminder? I play with it a bit but couldn't figure out and I'm too lazy to read the manual :D

BMW uses fully sythetic oil for greatly increased oil life, but I asked my dealer the same question of my 2001 X5, where it is recommended 14,000 mi before oil change. He answered that the oil works even though dirty.

My X5 is out of warranty now, I do change my own oil, and there is a procedure to reset the seervice reminder (not in the manual) but posted on a number of BMW forums.

Russ Williams
05-11-2007, 09:27 AM
I thought oil change interval for the E60 was 15k miles.

stream
05-11-2007, 09:42 AM
I thought oil change interval for the E60 was 15k miles.

It's not a fixed mileage amount--it's activity based, which also takes into account driver style, car use (highway vs. stop & go), etc.

On my car, the first change was called for around 11,000 and the second around 22,000 (I pay for interim changes).

Russ Williams
05-11-2007, 10:52 AM
It's not a fixed mileage amount--it's activity based, which also takes into account driver style, car use (highway vs. stop & go), etc.

On my car, the first change was called for around 11,000 and the second around 22,000 (I pay for interim changes).

Since it is not fixed when do you decide to pay for an interim change? Is it unwise to have the interim change done at a shop other than the dealership?

zen68
05-11-2007, 12:25 PM
I used instructions from this thread (scroll down to post #23) and it worked perfectly!

http://forums.e60.net/index.php?showtopic=17756&st=15&p=193584***entry193584

Right now, my car is still covered but I plan to use this service menu more often once the warranty expires. I don't like paying the dealer $150 for an oil change or other services.

Caution: the hidden service menu only gives you symbols so please be careful to reset the correct service reminder (if you change oil then reset ONLY oil change symbol). Otherwise, that can mess you up.

stream
05-11-2007, 01:07 PM
Since it is not fixed when do you decide to pay for an interim change? Is it unwise to have the interim change done at a shop other than the dealership?

I always have oil/filter changed on a new car after 2,000 - 3,000 miles to remove the break in particles. For the first interim change, I assumed the interval would be between 12,000 & 15,000, so I have it changed again at around 7,000. Once the car determines the first change interval, I use 1/2 of that for the next interim change, etc.

I always get the oil changed at the dealer. For $120 I know they will use the correct oil/filter & do it right. You won't save much going to a quick change place, and then you have to hope they have the correct type/weight of oil & filter, and don't mess it up.

izen2
05-11-2007, 06:31 PM
Check your manual. You are eligible for an oil change on an annual basis if you don't reach the interval on the computer.