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Old 09-19-2010, 01:46 PM
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Old 09-19-2010, 02:28 PM
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Damm! you do some serious driving!
We're retired, love to travel, and live out in the sticks..... So we rack them up pretty quick.
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Old 09-19-2010, 09:51 PM
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Some more driving to and back from NC. So that's almost 157tkm (97500mi) of mostly highway on the clock; not bad for someone who doesn't have a job and commute (yet).
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Old 09-20-2010, 06:13 AM
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2004 with 106,000. If you plan to keep it, change the oil every 7500 instead of 15,000. I now use a quart every couple thousand, having followed the factory maintenance shedule.
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Old 09-20-2010, 08:25 AM
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Just went over 45,000. Had the oil/filter changed this morning even though the service indicator says 7200+ to go. I guess I'm too old school for that, plus I'll probably be keeping the car for a long time and I don't think BMW's service intervals are designed with that in mind.
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Old 09-20-2010, 08:31 AM
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[QUOTE=Zedfor;5483131]Just went over 45,000. Had the oil/filter changed this morning even though the service indicator says 7200+ to go. I guess I'm too old school for that, plus I'll probably be keeping the car for a long time and I don't think BMW's service intervals are designed with that in mind.[/QUOTE]

Dealership says it's normal to use a quart every coupla thousand at this age, but independant shop disagrees.
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Old 09-20-2010, 08:33 AM
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We've always done the 7500mi (12500km) intervals for oil changes; my X3 consumes probably only half a litre of oil between changes, depending on how it's driven. Then again, BMW claims a litre of oil every 2000-3000km is normal.
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Old 09-20-2010, 10:41 AM
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We've always done the 7500mi (12500km) intervals for oil changes; my X3 consumes probably only half a litre of oil between changes, depending on how it's driven. Then again, BMW claims a litre of oil every 2000-3000km is normal.
The motor really should not consume much of any oil. My old Lexus LX450 had 200,000 miles and still did not use any oil! Too bad it got 13 mpg (from Day 1). It was just too expensive to drive with my long commute!
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Mine used to use maybe around a qt. between changes, when I switched to Mobil one, it doesn't use a drop!
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Old 09-20-2010, 10:48 AM
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Mine used to use maybe around a qt. between changes, when I switched to Mobil one, it doesn't use a drop!
Is that over 15k miles or 7.5k or less?
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Old 09-20-2010, 10:51 AM
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Mine used to use maybe around a qt. between changes, when I switched to Mobil one, it doesn't use a drop!
Changed with Mobil 1 at 105,000, and it was down a quart at 106,500. Prior to 100,000 the dealer did all service for free as part of the original lease, then with the 100k extended warranty. Most of my driving is around town, with some highway at 80+/- MPH, and my mileage has faithfully been around 21.5 MPG for six years. I have to beleive the 15,000 miles between changes is not good, even using synthetic. At times there was yellow glop showing on the oil fill cap, and dealer said it was moisture from condensation???
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Old 09-20-2010, 10:54 AM
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Changed with Mobil 1 at 105,000, and it was down a quart at 106,500. Prior to 100,000 the dealer did all service for free as part of the original lease, then with the 100k extended warranty. Most of my driving is around town, with some highway at 80+/- MPH, and my mileage has faithfully been around 21.5 MPG for six years. I have to beleive the 15,000 miles between changes is not good, even using synthetic. At times there was yellow glop showing on the oil fill cap, and dealer said it was moisture from condensation???
The 15k oil change interval is just too long for long engine life. It should be fine to get you to 100k miles. If you want to keep the vehicle longer, it should have been changed every 7500 miles.
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Old 09-20-2010, 11:04 AM
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So, it's planned obsolence from the manufacturer; hoping I'll buy a new one. I had expected better from BMW. Like my grandfather used to say, " I would have taken better care of myself, had I known I'd be around so long!" ;-)
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Old 09-20-2010, 11:20 AM
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So, it's planned obsolence from the manufacturer; hoping I'll buy a new one. I had expected better from BMW. Like my grandfather used to say, " I would have taken better care of myself, had I known I'd be around so long!" ;-)
It seems that way to me. Just like the "lifetime" fluids in the transfer case and differentials, trans etc.

I am sure there are others who have had fine success with the 15k oil changes, so I don't want to cast too much of a shadow on it. It is just to me, 15k is too long! I drive mostly highway and have a long commute to work. 15k would be 2 changes per year. I change mine between 5k and 7.5k depending on the season.

I guess time will tell if this pays off or not.
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Old 09-20-2010, 11:29 AM
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It seems that way to me. Just like the "lifetime" fluids in the transfer case and differentials, trans etc.

I am sure there are others who have had fine success with the 15k oil changes, so I don't want to cast too much of a shadow on it. It is just to me, 15k is too long! I drive mostly highway and have a long commute to work. 15k would be 2 changes per year. I change mine between 5k and 7.5k depending on the season.

I guess time will tell if this pays off or not.
If you keep it past 100k, I will be interested to see what you find. Six years ago, I fully planned to turn the car in and lease new after after 39 months, but the economy foiled that plan. Lesson learned, take care of it like you plan to have it forever.......
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Old 09-20-2010, 03:29 PM
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If you keep it past 100k, I will be interested to see what you find.
I drive a LOT of miles with my current job. At my current rate, I will be past 100k this time next year!

I do plan to keep it for a while unless things start to act up!
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Also wanted to add that I remember seeing that sonewhere in Europe the x3 was deemed one of the most reliable cars there
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Also wanted to add that I remember seeing that sonewhere in Europe the x3 was deemed one of the most reliable cars there
My X3 has been very reliable. In six years the only things wrong were a shorted out window winder switch unit and winder motor, which warranty covered. That, and brake pad dust permanently etching the finish on the alloy wheels, because I don't clean them weekly. BMW paid half for respray of them, and now they are marred again, but not as bad. Now that I think back they also found a small leak in an axle or front or rear diff that they also fixed for free.

WRT oil usage, I now think the valve cover gasket has a small leak, but only recently. No drips on the ground but the last two days I can smell oil burning on the exhaust manifold. M3 has the same problem, but only smells when I jump on the gas and wind it up. I have the gasket for the M3, wonder if it's the same as the X3? I will ring up the local independant shop tomorrow and make an appointment. Did a search on here, but didn't find a thread specific to this issue.
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My X3 has been very reliable. In six years the only things wrong were a shorted out window winder switch unit and winder motor, which warranty covered. That, and brake pad dust permanently etching the finish on the alloy wheels, because I don't clean them weekly. BMW paid half for respray of them, and now they are marred again, but not as bad. Now that I think back they also found a small leak in an axle or front or rear diff that they also fixed for free.

WRT oil usage, I now think the valve cover gasket has a small leak, but only recently. No drips on the ground but the last two days I can smell oil burning on the exhaust manifold. M3 has the same problem, but only smells when I jump on the gas and wind it up. I have the gasket for the M3, wonder if it's the same as the X3? I will ring up the local independant shop tomorrow and make an appointment. Did a search on here, but didn't find a thread specific to this issue.
X3's have proven to be very reliable (except for the known problems in some models) mine is great.
VCG is a common failure in early E46's (most of them gone at under 60k miles), ours was replaced at 60k. The X3 still totally dry all over at 84k.
I don't think the gasket is interchangeable with the E36 M3, but you can cross reference the part numbers on realOEM.com.
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Thanks, and you are correct, the gasket is different, but the bolt seals are the same. As soon as I get it up in the air to verify the VCG leak, I will order the remaining parts and do both cars VCG's.
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06 w/M.T. Bought about a year ago with 62k on Ebay, now at 82k. Only items (crossing my fingers) have been oil, tires and rear brakes, which I was aware of when purchasing. The infamous seat heater has slightly burned through the driver's side seat though. Anyone want to buy a CPO 05 325ci silver hardtop with xenons, sport, new tires and just 42K? It has seen less than 2K since buying the X3.
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The oil should be fine....it is the filter you want to change at 7500K miles. If you aren't sure your oil is holding up, send it in for testing. The key is changing that clogged up, dirty filter.
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my 2 cents

I just inherited my 2004 x3 from the wife. She just got a 2010 Acura TSX. It's got 72k and I plan to keep it for another 72k. So far so good. I plan to heed the oil change advice -7500 from now on.
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no issues what so ever...wait, i had to change rear cigarette lighter socket as it was shorted due to foreign metal dropped inside...cost me $35 for a part and guy at the dealership fixed it for free of charge...

doing my oil changes in 10k interval.

i probably do differential and x-case fluid changes sometime before end of this year!

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90, 000 and counting. Runs just like I got it 6 years ago. Just oil changes and tires. Still waiting to for my first brake change.

Looking for another 100K miles
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