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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 05-09-2009, 03:23 PM
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Service lights?

Can someone explain the meaning or function of the lights on the dash above the steering column.

There are a series of green ones then a yellow one and a red one.

all of the green are lit but not the yellow or green. what does it mean?
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Old 05-09-2009, 04:08 PM
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When Green lights up you are fine, when yellow lights start to light up it means you are approaching time for oil service, when red comes up, its time
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When Green lights up you are fine, when yellow lights start to light up it means you are approaching time for oil service, when red comes up, its time
true, but dont use bmw "oil intervals" since they are too far apart. Change your oil every couple thousand of miles, 3000 or 4000.
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Old 05-09-2009, 11:50 PM
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When we bought 318i. The red lights were always on along with the 'oil change' and 'inspection' message. When we bought the car, we were taking it to a place where they did the service and oil change, and inspection but they didn't reset the computer.
When I started going to the dealer, the first thing he looked at was the service reminder, and of course it was full of red lights and the oil and inspection indicator. He got worried and thought we never serviced the car. I didn't know there was a tool to reset the system, i thought my car wasn't getting the right oil. After the tech serviced the car, he resetted the reminder and i got all green bars. I wish it automatically resets after an oil change or inspection is done.
So, bboyvek I shouldn't trust the service reminder? I do my oil changes every 8,000km anyways.
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When we bought 318i. The red lights were always on along with the 'oil change' and 'inspection' message. When we bought the car, we were taking it to a place where they did the service and oil change, and inspection but they didn't reset the computer.
When I started going to the dealer, the first thing he looked at was the service reminder, and of course it was full of red lights and the oil and inspection indicator. He got worried and thought we never serviced the car. I didn't know there was a tool to reset the system, i thought my car wasn't getting the right oil. After the tech serviced the car, he resetted the reminder and i got all green bars. I wish it automatically resets after an oil change or inspection is done.
So, bboyvek I shouldn't trust the service reminder? I do my oil changes every 8,000km anyways.
There's a thread that shows how to do it without the reset tool. Do a search of it to find out how. It's definitely cheaper than getting it reset at the dealer!

EDIT: Here it is! http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...ce+light+reset
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Yeah, i gotta give the oil service light reset DIY a try... just changed my oil and a little tired of red lights myself thnx for posting the link mona
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