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Old 01-22-2016, 11:04 AM
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Hi everyone:

I posted this question in another thread, but have not received an answer so hoping someone here can assist.

I'm looking for the correct (aftermarket/non-dealer) oil filter cap wrench for the 2015 328d wagon. I've found several online but none of them clearly state they apply to the 328d wagon. For example, I've seen some on bavauto, BMP and amazon (assenmacher) for an 86mm cap wrench.

Also, if someone can confirm the location on the diesel of the oil filter cap/housing etc. (Is it next to the oil dip stick?) This is my first BMW and first diesel.

Also, with the DEF -- I've seen reference to two tanks on this board with respect to the 335d, is it the same on the 328d or do I just fill up through the port above the diesel fill cap? I'm not always close to a dealer, so may at times need to top off the DEF on my own.

As a side note for those that do their own maintenance, I see that Bentley Publishers is coming out with a manual for our cars in February and I plan to get a copy of that too.

Thanks in advance!

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Old 01-22-2016, 11:26 AM
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Congrats on your first BMW! 335d owner here, ports are on the driver side rear fender for me. However just check your owners manual, should show you.
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Old 01-22-2016, 04:55 PM
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Thanks.

Ok, so I answered my own question today --

The oil filter housing and cap are next to the dipstick on the 2015 328d wagon (for any others who are interested).

Changed the oil with Total Quartz INEO Long Life 5W30 LL-04 rated oil 3 pack of 5 quart bottles for $97 bucks, Mahle filter/$12 dollars (OX404 DECO --- same as the OEM that I removed which also had Mahle on the top) both sourced from Amazon.

The oil filter housing cap has a larger than 22mm nut on top (since my 22mm did not fit), and I used an adjustable wrench to remove the cap. Still interested in a filter cap removal tool if anyone knows about one.

As another member noted the cartridge filter has a plastic appendage that goes into a hole located on the bottom, right side of the filter housing. This cartridge is different from the others I've used in Porsche and Mercedes vehicles (w/no appendage). So, put the filter into the housing first aligned with the hole, and then attach and tighten the cap.

I'm sending my oil sample to Blackstone Labs for a UOA.

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Old 01-23-2016, 06:25 AM
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Thanks.

Ok, so I answered my own question today --

The oil filter housing and cap are next to the dipstick on the 2015 328d wagon (for any others who are interested).

Changed the oil with Total Quartz INEO Long Life 5W30 LL-04 rated oil 3 pack of 5 quart bottles for $97 bucks, Mahle filter/$12 dollars (OX404 DECO --- same as the OEM that I removed which also had Mahle on the top) both sourced from Amazon.

The oil filter housing cap has a larger than 22mm nut on top (since my 22mm did not fit), and I used an adjustable wrench to remove the cap. Still interested in a filter cap removal tool if anyone knows about one.

As another member noted the cartridge filter has a plastic appendage that goes into a hole located on the bottom, right side of the filter housing. This cartridge is different from the others I've used in Porsche and Mercedes vehicles (w/no appendage). So, put the filter into the housing first aligned with the hole, and then attach and tighten the cap.

I'm sending my oil sample to Blackstone Labs for a UOA.
Try a 27 mm socket. That was the size on my mini cooper. It maybe the same. Haven't tried it on my 328d yet.
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Old 01-23-2016, 08:13 AM
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Changed the oil with Total Quartz INEO Long Life 5W30 LL-04 rated oil 3 pack of 5 quart bottles for $97 bucks, Mahle filter/$12 dollars (OX404 DECO --- same as the OEM that I removed which also had Mahle on the top) both sourced from Amazon.
I'm wondering why you're changing the oil in a 2015 BMW. Isn't it still covered by BMW maintenance? Maybe you're the second owner and the BMW maintenance didn't transfer?
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Old 01-23-2016, 10:05 AM
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Because it belongs to me and I can.

But, seriously - it is my practice to do an early oil change and differential oil change after the first several thousand miles on a new car. This 328d had a build date of 4/15, sat on the dealer's lot for some time and was used for short trip test drives -- so from a time perspective I would have changed it out in any case. Depending on the UOA results I receive, I'll likely extend the oil change intervals to 7500 to 10000. The oil change debate has been beaten to death on other forums, and each owner should do what makes them feel comfortable.

My car is under the maintenance plan and will go to the dealer at 10k for free oil and DEF. But, 40 bucks to me is cheap insurance for the life blood of the engine and the turbo. Some data points for you on OEM schedules:

1. BMW used to recommend 15k intervals and then changed to 10k;
2. Porsche had 15 or 20k intervals on my 996 and most now agree that 5k to 7500 is better for a number of reasons (IMS bearing etc.);
3. Subaru changed from 7500 to 6000 on my former SUV after just 3 model years.

So, my practice is to get UOAs to support the interval that works best for each car I drive.

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Old 01-23-2016, 05:22 PM
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Because it belongs to me and I can.

But, seriously - it is my practice to do an early oil change and differential oil change after the first several thousand miles on a new car. This 328d had a build date of 4/15, sat on the dealer's lot for some time and was used for short trip test drives -- so from a time perspective I would have changed it out in any case. Depending on the UOA results I receive, I'll likely extend the oil change intervals to 7500 to 10000. The oil change debate has been beaten to death on other forums, and each owner should do what makes them feel comfortable.

My car is under the maintenance plan and will go to the dealer at 10k for free oil and DEF. But, 40 bucks to me is cheap insurance for the life blood of the engine and the turbo. Some data points for you on OEM schedules:

1. BMW used to recommend 15k intervals and then changed to 10k;
2. Porsche had 15 or 20k intervals on my 996 and most now agree that 5k to 7500 is better for a number of reasons (IMS bearing etc.);
3. Subaru changed from 7500 to 6000 on my former SUV after just 3 model years.

So, my practice is to get UOAs to support the interval that works best for each car I drive.
Very well put. Enjoy the new BMW.
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Old 02-03-2016, 05:13 AM
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I have the 335d but I just went to Sears and bought a 27mm socket. BTW has anyone been to a Sears lately? I think I was the only customer there. Weird.
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Old 02-03-2016, 09:46 AM
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1. BMW used to recommend 15k intervals and then changed to 10k;
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The OCI for diesels was not changed. It was 13K for the 335d (M57), and AFAIK it's that for the N47/N57 engines. There's a sticky thread "My latest oil report" up above that may interest you.

Oh, yes, there is only the one DEF fill port (next to the fuel) that fills both tanks (they're on opposite sides of the car behind the wheels IIRC.)

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Old 02-03-2016, 10:40 AM
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The OCI for diesels was not changed. It was 13K for the 335d (M57), and AFAIK it's that for the N47/N57 engines. There's a sticky thread "My latest oil report" up above that may interest you.

Oh, yes, there is only the one DEF fill port (next to the fuel) that fills both tanks (they're on opposite sides of the car behind the wheels IIRC.)
OCI is 10K for the N47 now as well.
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Old 02-03-2016, 02:04 PM
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OCI is 10K for the N47 now as well.
Interesting. My wife's 328xd had it's first oil change at 7910, 2nd at 17600. So 10K might be right, but the CBS was what she followed so we really don't know, although the 2nd was only 9 months after the first.
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Old 02-03-2016, 02:55 PM
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I have the 335d but I just went to Sears and bought a 27mm socket. BTW has anyone been to a Sears lately? I think I was the only customer there. Weird.
Yep, Sears/KMart appear to be dying a slow death.
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Old 02-05-2016, 09:38 AM
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Yep. My 2015 328d is 10k mile OCI. Ive ordered the bentley manual just released for the f30/31 line. Ill confirm the oil cap size when it arrives. Going to change out the diff fluid too if not too difficult to do using ramps. I already have 6000 miles after 2 months.

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