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Old 06-29-2010, 10:03 AM
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Exclamation 12,000KM Oil Change Interval

With my Infiniti FX, I had to change oil after 5,000 KM...but now with my new 550i, the computer says after 12,000KM?!

Is that normal? ...most cars after 3000KM or so
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I think that's a source of disagreement here.Some say the computer-determined (or calendar-determined) are too liberal and encouage more frequent changes.But it is true that the latest BMW's carry factory recommendations of 10,000 (or more) mile or 1 year changes.
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I think that's a source of disagreement here.Some say the computer-determined (or calendar-determined) are too liberal and encouage more frequent changes.But it is true that the latest BMW's carry factory recommendations of 10,000 (or more) mile or 1 year changes.
After having done numerous oil analysis done by Blackstone labs. The only real conclusion I could come up with is that gas engines tend to have high, metal and element wear in the beginning of life, then they seem to normalize once the engine has some legs under it. With that in mind I am going to change the oil myself every 4 months regardless of mileage for the first year. Then after that, probably go for the once a year.
This may make no difference in the long term of the car, but it's making me feel better. And an Oil change in my garage for 50 bucks with the BMW filter/gasket/copper washer, 7 qts. of 0W-30 German Castrol on a saturday afternoon, gives me something to do.
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Every 12000km for an oil change is normal for a BMW. In fact, if your car is new, I'm surprised it shows such a low number- thesedays when you reset the counter, it displays 25000km intervals.
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Every 12000km for an oil change is normal for a BMW. In fact, if your car is new, I'm surprised it shows such a low number- thesedays when you reset the counter, it displays 25000km intervals.
Thanks for the note...
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Every 12000km for an oil change is normal for a BMW. In fact, if your car is new, I'm surprised it shows such a low number- thesedays when you reset the counter, it displays 25000km intervals.
Yes, my car shows the next oil change as 2 years or 15,000 miles (24,000 km). I'm changing it after 2000 miles for the first change as I plan on being buried in this car.
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