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Old 09-04-2011, 08:58 AM
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Where do you do your BMW oil change?

I am leaning towards same Stealer where I bought my BMW in Houston for my 7500 miles oil change INSTEAD of waiting for a free oil change when car tells me. I do not mind looking into independent BMW shops. However I do not know if it is SAFE (so as to not void the BMW warranty) and PRUDENT to go for oil change (only) at independent shop specializing in BMW. I am currently leasing my 2011 BMW 535i.

I am sure the oil change will cost me around $200 - $250 at a Stealer but have no clue how much will it cost me at an independent shop. Should I decide to go with an independent shop, I know which oil to insists on but what about the oil filter and what is the guarantee that he/she will install a OEM filter?

Can anybody recommend a RELIABLE independent shop specializing in BMW in Houston metro area?

Thanks a LOT.

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Old 09-04-2011, 10:23 AM
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I am leaning towards same Stealer where I bought my BMW in Houston for my 7500 miles oil change INSTEAD of waiting for a free oil change when car tells me. I do not mind looking into independent BMW shops. However I do not know if it is SAFE (so as to not void the BMW warranty) and PRUDENT to go for oil change (only) at independent shop specializing in BMW. I am currently leasing my 2011 BMW 535i.

I am sure the oil change will cost me around $200 - $250 at a Stealer but have no clue how much will it cost me at an independent shop. Should I decide to go with an independent shop, I know which oil to insists on but what about the oil filter and what is the guarantee that he/she will install a OEM filter?

Can anybody recommend a RELIABLE (my definition - http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/reliable) independent shop specializing in BMW in Houston metro area?

Thanks a LOT.
In Miami the Lexus dealer will change the oil on an F10 for $125. It's a mega dealership and they sell a lot of used BMWs so they are used to servicing them. If the BMW dealer tries to charge me $200 I will have no hesitation going to Lexus for the oil change. I have found their mechanics to be the best of any dealer in South Florida (they let you watch them work which is always a great sign - like an open kitchen).
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Old 09-04-2011, 11:13 AM
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I do it ii in the my garage. If you're leasing the car, doing preventative maintenance is only helping out subsequent owners. It's not going to make your car perform any better. It's kind of you to do but not necessary. If you are leasing with the potential to purchase the car after the lease term then I understand. All Indy BMW shops know how to do the oil change, it's not hard at all on a 535i. Just make sure to tell them not to reset the service indicator.
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Old 09-04-2011, 11:16 AM
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I do my interim oil changes at my selling dealer who charges about $125. It won't be $200.
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Old 09-04-2011, 08:45 PM
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I am leaning towards same Stealer where I bought my BMW in Houston for my 7500 miles oil change INSTEAD of waiting for a free oil change when car tells me. I do not mind looking into independent BMW shops. However I do not know if it is SAFE (so as to not void the BMW warranty) and PRUDENT to go for oil change (only) at independent shop specializing in BMW. I am currently leasing my 2011 BMW 535i.

I am sure the oil change will cost me around $200 - $250 at a Stealer but have no clue how much will it cost me at an independent shop. Should I decide to go with an independent shop, I know which oil to insists on but what about the oil filter and what is the guarantee that he/she will install a OEM filter?

Can anybody recommend a RELIABLE (my definition - http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/reliable) independent shop specializing in BMW in Houston metro area?

Thanks a LOT.
to my experience in New England, dealer prices range between $85 and $125
I heard rumors about people in Texas charging $150..

independent shop is all right as soon as you are willing to go thorough the pain
of getting the right oil filter and oil...(they usually don't care if its the exact original filter--you should)
I think all together it will cost you almost $80 on the independent shop..
and guarantee is not voided of course.

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Old 09-05-2011, 04:37 AM
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Thanks folks. I will call the BMW dealer and compare their price with couple of independent shops. I may buy filter from the dealer and will get the discretionary oil change at an indy shop.
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Thanks folks. I will call the BMW dealer and compare their price with couple of independent shops. I may buy filter from the dealer and will get the discretionary oil change at an indy shop.
you can buy the whole kit $69.00 and take it to Jiffy Lube. Even they shouldn't fook it up.

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(I know it says for 3 series but the filter and oil capacity is the same for N52/N54/N55 engines)
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you can buy the whole kit $69.00 and take it to Jiffy Lube. Even they shouldn't fook it up.
Be sure to explain about the crush washer. They have been known to:
a) Not change it
b) Put new on top of old washer (aluminum ones look like part of the bolt.)

Oh yes, same for the two O-rings. They are not "spares", they are to be changed.

They are to tighten filter cap until the green marks align, no more, no less.

And make them put back the "dipstick".
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Be sure to explain about the crush washer. They have been known to:
a) Not change it
b) Put new on top of old washer (aluminum ones look like part of the bolt.)

Oh yes, same for the two O-rings. They are not "spares", they are to be changed.

They are to tighten filter cap until the green marks align, no more, no less.

And make them put back the "dipstick".
This is why I do it myself. I don't trust anyone to do it properly. Also there is residual oil in the housing that I suck out with a turkey baster. The plastic top of the oil filter housing gets nasty sludge deposited on the top of it. You have to take a shop towel and fish it out.
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This is why I do it myself. I don't trust anyone to do it properly. Also there is residual oil in the housing that I suck out with a turkey baster. The plastic top of the oil filter housing gets nasty sludge deposited on the top of it. You have to take a shop towel and fish it out.

For those of you with kids, I highly recommend the disposable medicine syringes that they give you with antibiotics, etc. They're great for sucking the oil out without pissing off your wife for ruining her turkey baster.
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For those of you with kids, I highly recommend the disposable medicine syringes that they give you with antibiotics, etc. They're great for sucking the oil out without pissing off your wife for ruining her turkey baster.
Roger that.
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The dealer quoted about $110 and independ quoted $98. I went to dealer and it was $94. I think I'll go back after 22,500.
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