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Old 01-03-2011, 04:30 AM
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Oil Change Question

What's up board? Hope you are all well...I have a 1995 m3 manual coupe. Love it!

What's the deal with oil changes?

I'm not mechanically inclined whatsoever and I have no facilities to perform the oil change even if I wanted to.

A friend of mine told me to expect to pay $90 bucks for an oil change.

I asked an independent BMW mechanic how much he charges for an oil change and he said $70 bucks.

I was driving by the local gas station/car wash and they had an advertisement posted that said $24.99 for an oil change plus a free car wash.

What's the catch?

How could this place only charge $24.99 plus throw in a free car wash?!

Do they change the oil, but not the filter? Is the oil they use not synthetic? Is the 1995 m3 so complicated to do an oil change that they couldn't do it even if I wanted them to?

I'm extremely confused in this matter and any light you guys could shed on the situation would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,
Mike
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Old 01-04-2011, 08:37 PM
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Wow, this board is pretty dead.
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Old 01-06-2011, 04:29 PM
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Well, the reason the oil change is cheaper is because they probably use low quality oil and filters and BMW charges out the butt for labor. But the E36 is actually the easiest oil change I've ever done. So you should really just do it yourself. I know you don't want to but it's the best, and cheapest way. Just see if any of your friends could help you out with tools.
You need is a jack (two is better so you can get the car level.)
A jack stand.
7 Quarts of 5w-30 The car holds 6.3 Quarts)
An oil filter.
A funnel. (you can make one out of a coke bottle.)
A 17mm wrench for the oil drain plug (I think. Might be 16.)
and a 12 or 13mm for the oil filter bolt thing.
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Old 01-06-2011, 10:02 PM
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Google e36 oil change diy....you will find a bunch of write-ups with pictures on how to do it yourself
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Old 01-13-2011, 07:06 PM
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Like others have said, it is extremely easy to change the oil and filter yourself on this car. But, if you absolutely cannot do it, don't go to a cheap ass place that advertises such a low price. All they are trying to do is lure in the uneducated who think oil is oil, filters are filters, and cars are cars (that last one is a travesty, in my opinion.) Don't cheap out because you get out what you put in. To read a little bit more about oil check out www.bobistheoilguy.com so you can make an informed opinion.

Also, the e36 m3 board is toast, but almost all the tech that applies to regular e36's applies to the ///M, so in the future just visit the regular e36 board, where you will find some well-informed people and a lot of activity.
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Old 01-13-2011, 07:07 PM
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Also, I won't let another soul wash my car, especially a place that isn't even a detail shop. You'll get scratches and swirl marks up the gazoo at those types of places.
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Old 01-16-2011, 03:55 AM
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5-30? Seriously, dude?

Your 95 will actually take about 7.5 to 8 qts of oil. 10-40 is probably a much better choice. Synthetic oil is about $6 a qt, bulk dino oil is about $.99 a qt. Most places that advertise cheap oil changes, say in the fine print, "up to 4 or 5 qts of oil, filter extra...) They probably own the car wash so it cost them nothing...
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Old 01-28-2011, 05:58 PM
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I just looked in the manual and its supposed to be 5-30 for colder temps and 15-40 for regular temp. My 98 323i has 69k on it. I'm partial to mobile 1 synthetic but that's for my 09 lancer. Any suggestions on brand and weight for my BMW ?

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Old 01-28-2011, 06:19 PM
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I just looked in the manual and its supposed to be 5-30 for colder temps and 15-40 for regular temp. My 98 323i has 69k on it. I'm partial to mobile 1 synthetic but that's for my 09 lancer. Any suggestions on brand and weight for my BMW ?

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Check out my link a few posts up, so you can make an informed decision about oil.
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Old 01-29-2011, 04:04 AM
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Mobil 1 0-40 Euro, is a good choice,
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Old 01-29-2011, 06:42 PM
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I'm leaning toward 10w-30 fully synthetic after reading the articles. Thanks for the link. It was very informative.

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