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Old 06-17-2017, 09:13 AM
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I have a '14 320i, 59,400 miles...will the iDrive tell me what service is needed besides oil and brakes? Such as spark plugs, coolant, etc?

I'm asking because I took my car to the dealership this morning for an oil change (they had a $79 oil change special). The dealer scanned my key and said I was due for spark plugs and cabin filter. I declined the cabin filter because I can probably do that myself (probably the spark plugs too).

Anyway, with the car right at 60k miles and the service history didn't show a spark plug change, I thought it was reasonable to change those. I don't remember seeing a service schedule in the owner's manual. So I don't know how frequently the plugs get changed??

I bought the car from the dealer in late February with 47k miles.

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Old 06-17-2017, 09:56 AM
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Yep, you're due for plugs. Coolant, tranny fluid, differential oil are all considered "lifetime" fills by bmw, meaning 100k miles if you still own the car. If your not comfortable leaving those fluids in for so long (and I wouldn't blame you) then you should also change these as well (30k on the diff and manual tranny, or 60k on an AT; 2 years on coolant). Brake fluid every year or 2. This is my routine. Others may do differently.


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Old 06-17-2017, 11:16 AM
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The car will advise when things are wearing out...like brake pads. It also knows the mileage and time indicating oil and filter etc. There is also a service schedule that needs to be followed in UK. These are minimum standards in my book. Between 18,000m required bmw oil change/ filter renewal I change same every 5,000m...much to the consternation of some on here and the support of others.

These standards need to be followed and undertaken by bmw stealer if mfr or insurance warranty is to remain valid.

Proved this the hard way...pain recorded on here.

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Old 06-17-2017, 12:51 PM
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Yep, you're due for plugs. Coolant, tranny fluid, differential oil are all considered "lifetime" fills by bmw, meaning 100k miles if you still own the car. If your not comfortable leaving those fluids in for so long (and I wouldn't blame you) then you should also change these as well (30k on the diff and manual tranny, or 60k on an AT; 2 years on coolant). Brake fluid every year or 2. This is my routine.
I totally agree with exceeding manufacturer-recommended intervals. Manufactures want to brag about minimal, easy maintenance and lasting only 100K miles.


Brake fluid: Every year or two
Coolant every two years
30K: Differential
30K: Manual tranny
60K: Auto tranny

Some are time-based, some mileage based.

Anything else?
Cabin filter
Engine air filter
Spark plug interval?
Hinge lubrication
Power seat lubrication
Are there brake caliper pins which need lubrication?

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Old 06-19-2017, 06:24 AM
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I'm asking because....

Hey if that SIG photo's Oklahoma, what tiime o'year was it taken?
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Old 06-19-2017, 06:47 AM
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Hey if that SIG photo's Oklahoma, what tiime o'year was it taken?
LOL...based on the grass alone I would say December-February are the timeframes.
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I totally agree with exceeding manufacturer-recommended intervals. Manufactures want to brag about minimal, easy maintenance and lasting only 100K miles.


Brake fluid: Every year or two
Coolant every two years
30K: Differential
30K: Manual tranny
60K: Auto tranny

Some are time-based, some mileage based.

Anything else?
Cabin filter
Engine air filter
Spark plug interval?
Hinge lubrication
Power seat lubrication
Are there brake caliper pins which need lubrication?
I'd go 40 on the plugs. Forced induction requires more frequent plug replacement. Hinge lube once a year, air filters around 25k. And no, leave the caliper bushings alone.
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Old 06-19-2017, 07:07 AM
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Hey if that SIG photo's Oklahoma, what tiime o'year was it taken?
Back in late February when I bought the car! Grass is green now and trees are full of leaves...HA!
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For those xDrive owners a very experienced BMW mechanic told me that it is imperative to change the oil in the transfer case at least at 50K miles. The xDrive transfer case takes a lot of load and has just enough oil capacity so the oil should be changed and not a life time fill per BMW NA recommendation.
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Old 06-19-2017, 01:29 PM
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Quick follow up question: is it normal for the car to show 3,200 miles to next service, after the dealer resets it? When I bought the car in February the display said 3,200 miles to next service. I had my oil changed 3,000 miles later (still said 3,200 miles to next service) then after that oil change (maybe a month later or so...I am not really sure) the indicator started counting down. I thought it was 10,000 miles between services. Geez, a standard service schedule would have been great.
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Old 06-19-2017, 01:30 PM
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For those xDrive owners a very experienced BMW mechanic told me that it is imperative to change the oil in the transfer case at least at 50K miles. The xDrive transfer case takes a lot of load and has just enough oil capacity so the oil should be changed and not a life time fill per BMW NA recommendation.
This is true. The oil capacity is only 1/2 quart. When I replaced mine it looked like coffee and it was only 10k miles. If I bought the car new, I'd have changed it at 1200. Also, it's good to get magnetic drain plugs in all these parts.
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Old 06-19-2017, 01:37 PM
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Quick follow up question: is it normal for the car to show 3,200 miles to next service, after the dealer resets it? When I bought the car in February the display said 3,200 miles to next service. I had my oil changed 3,000 miles later (still said 3,200 miles to next service) then after that oil change (maybe a month later or so...I am not really sure) the indicator started counting down. I thought it was 10,000 miles between services. Geez, a standard service schedule would have been great.


So are you sure you're seeing 3200 miles with respect to the motor oil and not another maintenance? If they reset the indicator, then something got weird. The interval is 10k


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Old 06-19-2017, 02:52 PM
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When you buy the car new, you get a copy of the service and warranty information booklet which states everything that needs to be done including spark plugs. For spark plugs it says every 6 oil services or 60,000 miles.

You can download an electronic version of this booklet here:
http://www.bmwusa.com/standard/conte...antybooks.aspx
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Yes, this is what is see when I start my vehicle.

But when I access the iDrive and look at the service required, and click on oil I see 10k miles.



Guess I will be reading my owner's manual again. LOL!


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Let me state my belief:
BMW advertises that all scheduled maintenance is free. Imagine how much money BMW USA saves when they moved the oil change interval from 5,000 miles to 10,000 miles. Millions of dollars, right?
And they get to advertise that their cars cost less to maintain.

Who's interest is that? When switching to a 10,000 mi OCI, or "lifetime" coolant, is that in the interest of making your car last longer, or making BMW save money and improve their marketing message?

These longer intervals absolutely reflect technology improvements, but they also reflect, in part, intervals which are probably longer than ideal for the car's lifetime. Since I want my camshafts in perfect condition at 200,000 miles, I will change the oil more often. And I'll change the "lifetime" fluids, and I won't wait for the electric indicator to tell me when to perform maintenance, because it's not in my best interest to follow that schedule.
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Yes, this is what is see when I start my vehicle.

But when I access the iDrive and look at the service required, and click on oil I see 10k miles.

Guess I will be reading my owner's manual again. LOL!

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OP, it is most likely calling for a spark plug change since you are almost at 60k miles. You can access the various services that the car is asking for by toggling through your car's iDrive. Explore it a little bit and you will see it.
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Yes, this is what is see when I start my vehicle.

But when I access the iDrive and look at the service required, and click on oil I see 10k miles.



Guess I will be reading my owner's manual again. LOL!


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Could it have anything to do with your date set to 2018?
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Could it have anything to do with your date set to 2018?

Its the date shown OR 10000 mi whichever comes first
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Its the date shown OR 10000 mi whichever comes first


Ah thanks for clarifying.


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If you have bought your car and are wanting it for a long time, I'd suggest reaching out to Mike Miller at BMWCCA. He has a long term maintenance document he published independent of what BMW may say or do.
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If you have bought your car and are wanting it for a long time, I'd suggest reaching out to Mike Miller at BMWCCA. He has a long term maintenance document he published independent of what BMW may say or do.


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