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Old 05-17-2012, 07:13 AM
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New Car - New short-term rules for driving?

OK gang, picking up my car in T minus 3 hours! :-)
Aside from you guys wanting to see pictures of the car tonight, what are some recommendations about driving the car the first month or so. I have always heard to take it easy the first 1000 miles or so... any validity to that? Any other thoughts on the first month or so of driving?

Pictures soon to come.
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Old 05-17-2012, 07:18 AM
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The manual says keep it under 4000rpm and 100mph for the first 1200 miles.
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Old 05-17-2012, 07:25 AM
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This, and try to vary speed and RPM as much as possible. Don't go on a long steady highway cruise.

And definitely change the oil at 1,200 miles.
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Old 05-17-2012, 08:19 AM
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Just a basic Oil Change at 1200?
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Take it easy on the brakes on the frist 100 miles or so and no jack rabbit start.
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Old 05-17-2012, 08:45 AM
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That is great, thanks. What about this oil change mentioned above?
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Old 05-17-2012, 08:52 AM
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That is great, thanks. What about this oil change mentioned above?
Not critical, but as a preventative measure a good idea. Keep the receipts, cause if you sell the car to a private party in the future it shows that you took care of the car, as opposed to blindly following the CBS. (BTW, BMW will change the oil for you once a year regardless of mileage).
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Old 05-18-2012, 05:59 AM
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Thanks again guys for all of the info. Here is a pic of the car, parked in the best spot in the garage at work... as long as I get here early enough! :-)
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Good luck with your new car. With all the pros and cons about oil changes (early) I think I will have mine changed at 1,200 miles when I get mine in two weeks.
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Good luck with your new car. With all the pros and cons about oil changes (early) I think I will have mine changed at 1,200 miles when I get mine in two weeks.
Just Google N55 UOA or N55 used oil analysis and you will see why it makes sense to change your oil early in the beginning of a car's life cycle. After 2 or 3 changes, the manufacturer's recommendation is likely adequate.
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Joeyrapp00: Do yourself, and others on this forum, a favor. When you have the dealership dump your engine oil at 1200 mi, do what is called a used oil analysis on a sample of the oil. It's a pretty simple procedure and not that expensive (around $20). Blackstone Labs is one lab used by many BMW folks for this purpose: tele: (260) 744-2380 www.blackstone-labs.com. They will send you a sampling kit (basically a small bottle and return address label). When you have the 1200 mi oil change done, give the kit to your Service Advisor to have the sample taken. Within a couple days of receipt, Blackstone will send you a report, showing the results of your analysis. It will show that you dumped perfectly clean, serviceable oil, with a perfectly acceptable and minimum level of wear metals, that had a whole lot of useful life left in it. Please share the report on this forum.

As noted above, it is a good idea to read the Owner's Manual that BMW provides with the car, particularly the section on break-in precautions and procedures. You will note that BMW does not require or recommend an initial 1200 mi oil change on your car.
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