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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 02-04-2005, 11:46 AM
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oil change prior to 1000mi. journey???

I have a 2001 330i with about 20k on the odometer. I am about to embark on a voyage from Fort Hood TX to Fort Benning GA. I have 10,000 miles before my next oil change is do (approximately September). The trip is going to be about 1000 mi. Should I get on oil change prior to or after the trip, or just wait until the 10,000 miles is up. Thanks for your help.
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Old 02-04-2005, 02:01 PM
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I'm not sure I get it... if your next oil change isn't due for another 10K mi., why are you concerned about a 1K mi. drive?

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Old 02-04-2005, 02:13 PM
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I have a 2001 330i with about 20k on the odometer. I am about to embark on a voyage from Fort Hood TX to Fort Benning GA. I have 10,000 miles before my next oil change is do (approximately September). The trip is going to be about 1000 mi. Should I get on oil change prior to or after the trip, or just wait until the 10,000 miles is up. Thanks for your help.
More important question is when was the last oil change?
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Old 02-04-2005, 02:16 PM
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More important question is when was the last oil change?
Yeah, I just assumed that with 20K on the car now and the service indicator reading 10K to go that he had it done at the recommended 15K.

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Old 02-04-2005, 04:36 PM
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Yeah, I just assumed that with 20K on the car now and the service indicator reading 10K to go that he had it done at the recommended 15K.

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The question really is, what does the "miles to next service" counter say? Depending on the type of driving that you do, the miles to next service might not come out on a multiple of 15K. For example, because I've mostly been doing stop-n-stop LA rush hour freeway driving for the last too many months, my miles to next service is now about 3.7K but that will come out to about 42K on the odo.

But, for argument's sake assume that his odo and service indicator are still in sync, then there is no reason to do anything more than keep tabs on the oil level and top it off if necessary on the trip. No need to do an oil change now. It won't hurt anything but your wallet to do it so early in to a service interval.
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Old 02-04-2005, 05:34 PM
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Okay, I didn't think that was confusing, but I guess it was. The car is 3 years old. It has had an oil change every 12 months, regardless of the miles. Therefore it is just a coincidence that the last oil change was done with 15.5k on the odo.

So, the last oil change was done 5k miles ago. That was in September with 15.5k on the odo. Now, it is 5 months later, and 5k miles later. '

I know that every time I have made a long trip in previous cars, I have always changed the oil before and after the trip, because I don't think that 15 hours straight of driving is very good on the engine. Maybe I'm crazy, and maybe thats overkill.

My whole question is whether or not that is necessary on a car the only requires a yearly oil change.
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Personally I think it's more harm to wait until 15K to change the oil than to drive it for 15 hours straight. Our cars were without a doubt built to be driven long and hard- but with good oil in it. Of course it's personal preference, but I think a 7.5K interval is best for our cars. Saying that, I think you're fine for this trip, since you've only driven 5K since your last oil change. After your 1K trip, change it after another 1.5K and you'll be on track.

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So, the last oil change was done 5k miles ago. That was in September with 15.5k on the odo. Now, it is 5 months later, and 5k miles later.
In other words, you have 5K miles on the current oil/filter (at least I'm assuming that you change the filter at the same time you change the oil... if that is not correct, then we need to know when the filter was last changed).

Based on that, I'd say you don't need to do anything more than just make sure you don't run low, and wait till you hit the next interval on your yearly schedule or 15K miles since the last oil change.

I'm with JAWJr and lots of others that don't believe that you can really go 15K miles between oil/filter changes, so I do mine every 7.5K (based on the miles to go counter rather than the odometer, so I sync up with with prepaid service intervals). Based on a 7.5K mile change interval, you are still ok with 2.5K miles left to go.

If you believe in changining at 5K intervals, then it's time for a change right now!

Or, just do it now if it gives you the warm fuzzies. After all, those of us that change the oil more frequently than BMW recommends are doing it because it gives us the warm fuzzies.
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Putting a 1000 miles on a car in 15 hours is a lot better for it than putting 1000 miles on it in a month of daily driving 5, 10 or 20 miles at a time.

If you weren't going on a trip and you weren't planning on changing the oil in the next 1000 miles, why would the trip change your requirements for changing the oil. Makes no sense.
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