Welcome to Bimmerfest -- The #1 Online Community for BMW related information! Please enjoy the discussion forums below and share your experiences with the 200,000 current, new and past BMW owners. The forums are broken out by car model and into other special interest sections such as BMW European Delivery and a special forum to voice your questions to the many BMW dealers on the site to assist our members!

Please follow the links below to help get you started!

Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > X Series > X3 E83 (2004 - 2010)

X3 E83 (2004 - 2010)
Talk about the E83 BMW X3 in this forum!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 08-01-2005, 05:17 PM
echelon153's Avatar
echelon153 echelon153 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: SF, Bay Area
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 117
Mein Auto: X3
First Oil Change on 3.0i

I did the first oil change on my wife's 2005 3.0i with 5,500 miles. Here's a DIY guide on how I did it. Took approx. 30 minutes. Hope this helps somewhat to those who wish to do it themseleves.

Step1: DIY Oil (Mobil1 5/30) and Oil Filter Kit for 2005 X3, 3.0i. Kit comes with O-ring and crush washer.



Step2: Raise the vehicle safely.



Step3: Loosen the oil filter element cap using 36mm socket.



Step4:Remove old oil filter and O-ring. Notice what it looks like at 5,500 miles



Step5: Clean up all the old oil from the filter cannister.



Step6: Loosen the oil drain plug underneath the vehicle using 17mm socket and begin to drain the oil.



Step6a: Replace the washer, plug the drain plug back and tighten.



Step7: Lube the O-ring with new oil, pour some oil on the filter cannister and filter. This will prevent oil starvation when you first start the vehicle up.



Step8: Replace and tighten the oil filter element cap.



Step9: Pour oil into the oil filler. I first pour 6qts. Took the vehicle off the ramp and let her idle for a minute. Checked the level and ended up using a little over 7qts of oil.

Reply With Quote
Ads by Google
  #2  
Old 08-01-2005, 05:48 PM
ChiefCrazyTalk ChiefCrazyTalk is offline
Here we go Steelers!
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 184
Mein Auto: 2005 X3 3.0
Very informative, thanks for posting! Although, hopefully I will never have to change my oil myself since I have a lease and full maintenance.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 08-01-2005, 05:54 PM
alpinewhite325i alpinewhite325i is offline
I love my beautiful wife.
Location: Pittsburgh
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Posts: 2,154
Mein Auto: '01 325i
I've never filled up the oil filter cannaster w /oil.

Thanks for the tip...and great write up!!
__________________
'01 325i
5sp
I Love my beautiful wife
moonroof:
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 08-01-2005, 09:18 PM
Cubi Cubi is offline
Registered User
Location: Miami, FL
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 53
Mein Auto: 2005 X3 3.0i Black
I got the car in Jan 2005 which is X3 3.0i 2005 and I just the 1st oils change at 15510 Miles The dealer told me just drive the car until the display miles going down to 500 miles then call them for appoinment to bring the car in for free oils change.

I am not sure why did you have to change by yourself? Is it free oils change up untill 50000 miles ? I drove 15000 miles in 6 months.

Oh, Every oils change including new front and back winshield wiper too.

Cubi
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08-02-2005, 06:57 AM
mysticbluex3 mysticbluex3 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: L.A. / O.C.
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 252
Mein Auto: X3
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cubi
I drove 15000 miles in 6 months.


Cubi
Damn, you beat me. I put 10K in the first 6 months. Love the car so much I drove it everywhere.
__________________

Looking for 19" or 20" wheels (oem or aftermarket). PM me if you are selling
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 08-02-2005, 07:07 AM
IMR IMR is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Portland, OR
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 234
Mein Auto: 2005 X3
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cubi
I got the car in Jan 2005 which is X3 3.0i 2005 and I just the 1st oils change at 15510 Miles The dealer told me just drive the car until the display miles going down to 500 miles then call them for appoinment to bring the car in for free oils change.

I am not sure why did you have to change by yourself? Is it free oils change up untill 50000 miles ? I drove 15000 miles in 6 months.

Cubi
Because some us have two concerns:

1. We don't believe BMW's maintenance schedule claims are good for long-term vehicle life. Funny how before maintenance was included in the cost of the vehicle, on similar or identical hardware and similar or identical fluids BMW used to recommend much more frequent maintenance. For those of us planning long-term (>5 year) ownership spending a few hundred bucks extra on fluids is cheap insurance.

2. BMW dealers are notorious for terrible service, and the tales of damaged or abused cars occur all too often. I prefer to avoid dealers unless absolutely necessary. In one case, not BMW admittedly, I was out at lunch and saw my car at a resturant. The service writer was using it as personal transporation. Dinged doors, scratches, curbed wheels, crashes... and in almost every case I've either personally experienced or heard about BMW dealers are defiant when you try to resolve the issue.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 08-03-2005, 01:52 AM
kcnyla kcnyla is offline
Registered User
Location: orange county
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 12
Mein Auto: 2004 x3
oil change service

great post. good to see that changing the oil filter is a snap.

question: did you reset the service interval computer?

comment: i did my 15k oil change at bmw and they were able to do it within an hour while i waited.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 08-14-2008, 10:36 AM
ggd4971 ggd4971 is offline
Registered User
Location: philly
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 49
Mein Auto: 2005 x3 3.0I
where can i buy Oil Filter Kit
__________________

..............05 X3 3.0............
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 08-14-2008, 10:41 AM
Lanc3r Lanc3r is offline
Banned
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 1
Mein Auto:
Quote:
Originally Posted by ggd4971 View Post
where can i buy Oil Filter Kit
I usually get mine from the dealer.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 08-14-2008, 11:02 AM
rs6654 rs6654 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: SE USA
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 145
Mein Auto: 09 X3 Soon
Quote:
Originally Posted by ggd4971 View Post
where can i buy Oil Filter Kit
I bought oil and filter from the dealer for my E90.

7 qts of 5W30 BMW synthetic $37.80
1 OE BMW filter $10.90
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 08-24-2009, 10:42 PM
cloudjy cloudjy is offline
Registered User
Location: CA, USA
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 58
Mein Auto: X3
Which dealer is offering such a great pricing on the oil? Thx.

-- Johnny
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 08-24-2009, 10:43 PM
cloudjy cloudjy is offline
Registered User
Location: CA, USA
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 58
Mein Auto: X3
Quote:
Originally Posted by rs6654 View Post
I bought oil and filter from the dealer for my E90.

7 qts of 5W30 BMW synthetic $37.80
1 OE BMW filter $10.90
Sorry for my bad post earlier. Which dealership is this? Thx.

-- Johnny
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 08-25-2009, 07:28 AM
X3-terrestrial's Avatar
X3-terrestrial X3-terrestrial is offline
Aficionado
Location: N.Miss - Memphis,TN Area
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 2,630
Mein Auto: '05 X3, '95 M3, '89 MkI
Quote:
Originally Posted by rs6654 View Post
I bought oil and filter from the dealer for my E90.

7 qts of 5W30 BMW synthetic $37.80
1 OE BMW filter $10.90
His post is from a year ago, prices have changed.

Quote:
Originally Posted by cloudjy View Post
Sorry for my bad post earlier. Which dealership is this? Thx.

-- Johnny
Now you can get it for $62 shipped from one of th eforum sponsors:

http://www.trademotion.com/partlocat...catalogid=4462
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 08-21-2010, 09:48 AM
babo babo is online now
Registered User
Location: NJ
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 87
Mein Auto: 06 X3
Quote:
Originally Posted by rs6654 View Post
I bought oil and filter from the dealer for my E90.

7 qts of 5W30 BMW synthetic $37.80
1 OE BMW filter $10.90
wooow. I just called a few of these Jack The Rippers ( North NJ). For 5w30 oil and oem filer, one place ( Maywood) quoted me $7 per qt. and $20 for the filter, another (Teaneck) $9.50 per qt + $20 ...

What a hack ?
any help, please ?

Last edited by babo; 08-22-2010 at 05:14 PM. Reason: could not comprehend what i wrote . updated.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 08-21-2010, 09:57 AM
SWMc SWMc is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: USA
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 321
Mein Auto: LCI X3
Quote:
Originally Posted by babo View Post
wooow. I just called a few of these Jack The Rippers ( North NJ). They gave me ( for 5w30 ) 7 and $20 for filter and 9.50 + $20 ...

What a hack ?
any help, please ?
Try Crown BMW https://secure.webmakerx.net/Default....crownauto.com

or Tischer http://www.getbmwparts.com/

Even with shipping they are much cheaper than your dealer.
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 08-22-2010, 05:17 PM
babo babo is online now
Registered User
Location: NJ
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 87
Mein Auto: 06 X3
Quote:
Originally Posted by SWMc View Post
Try Crown BMW https://secure.webmakerx.net/Default....crownauto.com

or Tischer http://www.getbmwparts.com/

Even with shipping they are much cheaper than your dealer.
thank you very much!


kinda silly - if i buy from them how do i discard the old oil ?
NM - local pepboys take it free of charge.

Update: I got an email from crpwnauto - they don't ship oil due to "has mat regulations"... weired...

Last edited by babo; 09-01-2010 at 03:01 PM. Reason: update with a new info
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 08-14-2008, 11:05 AM
LMC's Avatar
LMC LMC is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Oregon
 
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 3,733
Mein Auto: X3
Quote:
Originally Posted by echelon153 View Post
I did the first oil change on my wife's 2005 3.0i with 5,500 miles. Here's a DIY guide on how I did it. Took approx. 30 minutes. Hope this helps somewhat to those who wish to do it themseleves.
Great write-up!

I'm still puzzled why your '05 just had the first oil change. The dealer will change your oil annually (included in the free maint) if you do not put many miles on the car. (For example, my '05 M3 has only 8,000 miles on it and has had the oil changed three times by the dealer for free, although the first of those was an extra M break-in change.)
__________________
Larry
BMW CCA #115780
'14 X3 35i M sport

Last edited by LMC; 08-14-2008 at 11:08 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 08-14-2008, 11:16 AM
Andrew*Debbie's Avatar
Andrew*Debbie Andrew*Debbie is offline
resU deretsigeR
Location: Anglesey
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 6,242
Mein Auto: Leaf Tekna
Quote:
Originally Posted by LMC View Post
I'm still puzzled why your '05 just had the first oil change.

Look at the dates. This thread is ancient. First post is from August 2005.
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 08-15-2008, 09:45 AM
LMC's Avatar
LMC LMC is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Oregon
 
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 3,733
Mein Auto: X3
Quote:
Originally Posted by Andrew*Debbie View Post
Look at the dates. This thread is ancient. First post is from August 2005.
D'oh! Fell into the trap again!
__________________
Larry
BMW CCA #115780
'14 X3 35i M sport
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 08-14-2008, 10:26 PM
S93D S93D is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: North America
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 711
Mein Auto: BMW
Suggested change to oil change instructions

This is an excellent write up with photos. The only difference is that I would be hesitant to use Mobil 1 5W30. I presume this oil is ok if you change it frequently. However, that oil does not have the BMW Longlife specification.

BMW LL04 oils include Total Quartz INEO MC3 5W30, which is hard to find but available in retail stores in Michigan and online at several places including performanceoilstore com. This would probably be my first choice.

If one prefers Mobil 1, consider 0W40 which has the BMW Longlife 01 specification. There's a debate about 0W40 being a PAO (name of chemical family), which is desirable, while the other grades are not.

My third choice would Castrol Syntec 0W30, a PAO, and my 4th choice would be the dealer BMW synthetic 5W30, which some say is not a PAO.

I don't mean to turn this thread into an oil war. Perhaps, this is just a note to look up oil threads on this forum if you are interested.
Reply With Quote
  #21  
Old 08-15-2008, 09:52 AM
UncleJ UncleJ is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Silicon Valley
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 6,419
Mein Auto: '06 X3
Still and all it was a nice pictorial "do it yourself" guide. Just reinforced my decision to let the dealer do it for me!
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 08-16-2008, 09:27 AM
rs6654 rs6654 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: SE USA
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 145
Mein Auto: 09 X3 Soon
Quote:
Originally Posted by UncleJ View Post
Still and all it was a nice pictorial "do it yourself" guide.
And a pretty good subject to get bumped up.
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 08-16-2008, 03:12 PM
Andrew*Debbie's Avatar
Andrew*Debbie Andrew*Debbie is offline
resU deretsigeR
Location: Anglesey
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 6,242
Mein Auto: Leaf Tekna
Changing the oil on an '07 and newer X3 3.0si is slightly different.

Best to use this special tool or one like it to remove the top of the oil canister. No 36mm flats on the current cap.

http://www.turnermotorsport.com/html...ID=83300493936

Last edited by Andrew*Debbie; 08-16-2008 at 03:14 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old 08-16-2008, 05:06 PM
b-y's Avatar
b-y b-y is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Northern California
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 3,737
Mein Auto: 328xiT & M roadster
Quote:
Originally Posted by Andrew*Debbie View Post
Changing the oil on an '07 and newer X3 3.0si is slightly different.

Best to use this special tool or one like it to remove the top of the oil canister. No 36mm flats on the current cap.

http://www.turnermotorsport.com/html...ID=83300493936
I have nothing against special tools, but has anyone had success with a strap wrench or similar general tool?
__________________
Recent ED: 25 June 10, 328xiT in Red. Then headed SW to Italy & France. Flew home via Rome. Hoegh Kobe departed 22 July; unloaded at PH 17 Aug. Redelivery 11 Sept. (Re-redelivery 14 Sept....read the details here.)
Previous ED: 7 June 08, X3 3.0si in rosso corsa (*), then off to Italy, Austria, Slovenia. (*Note: A61 Crimson Red north of the Alps.)
Back-up vehicle (while waiting for re-deliveries): 1999 M Roadster in Estoril Blue.
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old 08-17-2008, 03:47 PM
rs6654 rs6654 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: SE USA
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 145
Mein Auto: 09 X3 Soon
Quote:
Originally Posted by b-y View Post
I have nothing against special tools, but has anyone had success with a strap wrench or similar general tool?
A rubber Craftsman strap wrench worked just fine on my E90.

The cap should not be real tight as the sealing O ring is on the side and tightening the cap beyond bottoming out does nothing.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Forum Navigation
Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > X Series > X3 E83 (2004 - 2010)
Today's Posts Search
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On



Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Oil change interval kashrahman E60 (2004 - 2010) 11 03-22-2012 03:03 PM
Is my 4.8is a lemon??! ZenX5 X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 68 09-15-2007 08:08 AM
Post break in oil change vadimv E46 (1999 - 2006) 10 01-30-2005 10:42 PM


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 11:39 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
© 2001-2011 performanceIX, Inc. All Rights Reserved .: guidelines .:. privacy .:. terms