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Old 10-18-2012, 08:12 AM
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Originally Posted by relinuca View Post
No car mntce. issue is debated with greater frequency or fervor than oil changes. Full Disclosure: I'm a daily visitor to a Porsche forum...things can get pretty ugly there.

Bottom Line:
>Change oil + filter every 5K miles or annually, whichever comes first.
>Use a top quality synthetic, and don't move up to a heavier weight oil unless you live in a hot climate or track your car.

Our BMW engines, like those of other German luxury brands, are very complex (too complex?). Skimping on oil changes is a false economy for long term owners.

I have read some heated debates but in all of those I've never read where anybody was willing to back their recommended schedule, oil, or filter, with a warranty.

Mike Miller from BMWCCA suggests 5,000 to 7,500. I shoot for 5,000 but my average over 16 oil changes has been closer to 6,000 as we're often on a long road trip when it comes due. I'm at about 99,400 on my 2009 (bought new) with virtually no issues whatsoever. Still looks brand new through the oil filler hole. I use nothing but BMW oil and filters.
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