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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 05-05-2012, 09:26 AM
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Oil Change

Hi, I have a 08 BMW 535xi and was wondering, when its time to change the oil, will the car tell me or will i have to do it at 3000 miles? also where is the oil filter located? and what do i have to know about changing the oil in this BMW? i just bought it like 3 months ago!
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Old 05-05-2012, 09:54 AM
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The oil monitoring system will notify you to change your oil around 15,000 miles. I personally change the oil and filter around 7500 miles.
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Old 05-05-2012, 11:11 AM
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Filter is on top of the engine.
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Old 05-05-2012, 11:19 AM
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Old 05-05-2012, 12:12 PM
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I don't think every 3000 miles is a good idea, you will only waste tons of money changing oil.
If you use good oil then you can change it every 7500 miles like someone above said.
The filter should be the rounded cap that you see as soon as you pop the engine cover.
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Old 05-05-2012, 06:22 PM
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Get your manual out and read it...also, learn how to use the search function quick before you get flamed on the forum.

The oil changes as stated above are set to every 15k... depending on mileage I would do changes every 7500 miles. I just hit 100k and will most likely do one every 5-6k.
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I've started changing oil at 10k but I change the filter every 5k.
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Old 05-05-2012, 10:20 PM
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Either way it's fine, just don't follow the crappy iDrive. (Yeah i said crappy, those intervals are too LONG)
I've seen an E39 with just over 100k Kilometers (Not miles) and the maintenance was done following the computer intervals, guess what it had so much sludge they had to tear the engine apart to clean it.
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Would be nice if you could set your own oil change intervals, but the onboard computer won't let you, nor will an Autologic diagnostic tool.
I used to change my oil roughly every 5,000 miles on my E39 540i. It had 125,000 miles on it in the end. Still going strong somewhere on Long Island.
Now I follow 7,500, but the car is tuned and gets pushed a bit harder.
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Would be nice if you could set your own oil change intervals, but the onboard computer won't let you, nor will an Autologic diagnostic tool.
I used to change my oil roughly every 5,000 miles on my E39 540i. It had 125,000 miles on it in the end. Still going strong somewhere on Long Island.
Now I follow 7,500, but the car is tuned and gets pushed a bit harder.
The Bavarian Technic tool lets you change the intervals. 8000 miles is not a bad interval for synthetic. 3000 miles is a waste of oil and money.
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