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Old 08-28-2014, 12:45 PM
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what's going rate for an oil change?

what's going rate for an oil change? and i decided to forgo flushing out the DEF. I'll top it off when it's out. Could not find anything to convince me it's necessary.
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Old 08-28-2014, 03:29 PM
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what's going rate for an oil change? and i decided to forgo flushing out the DEF. I'll top it off when it's out. Could not find anything to convince me it's necessary.
$100-$125. Hard to get it done for less than $80, since the oil and filter cost that much. Anything over $125 is rip-off IMO.
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Old 08-30-2014, 09:55 AM
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Free!

I haven't paid for one yet in 5 years. Comes with the maintenance plan.
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Old 08-30-2014, 10:10 AM
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Free!

I haven't paid for one yet in 5 years. Comes with the maintenance plan.
Extremely insightful. thanks!
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Old 08-30-2014, 10:10 AM
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I refer to those oil changes as pre paid, not free.
Seriously and as noted already, the cost of the proper oil and filter is around $80 before tax. And that's assuming you're not also due for a fuel filter. DIY pays off.


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Old 08-30-2014, 10:12 AM
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Free!

I haven't paid for one yet in 5 years. Comes with the maintenance plan.
I called 2 bimmer shops in the area, one quoted 125, the other 150. I was already at the dealer's (did not know they charged more for diesel and was thinking I'll get it under the value deal at 80), and they did it for 150. But I opted not to have the DEF flushed out. Could not (on the spot) find anything to prove it was necessary and it would have set me back another $150...
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Old 08-30-2014, 10:28 AM
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The diesel engine holds more oil than the gas engine, so costs more. The oil is also different, low ash, so maybe costs more /unit.

Yes, it is all pre-paid when you bought the car. I also paid for the extended maintenance for 100k/6 years.

Nothing in this life is "free".
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Old 08-30-2014, 10:42 AM
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Are diesel/bmw-d oil changes doable at home? Not that I always change my own oil in my current non-bmw vehicle, but does it merit a trip to a dealer to get it done? Not that I'd take it to Walmart either but I'm just wondering how special the oil change on say a 2014d is. Just learning for the future.
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Old 08-30-2014, 10:45 AM
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If you have a BMW service center you have confidence in and they do good work, their service charges may be very close to those of a qualified indy. Many post discount coupons and / or will offer discounts for BMWCCA members and even FORUM members!!

And, (at least my dealer) it's never a 'simple' oil and filter change. It's a close inspection of other fluid levels, tire wear and tread depth, brake pad measurement, current TSB / and available/necessary software updates-fixes, etc etc etc.

Of course, when out of warranty any (every) dealer or indy will try to "sell" you stuff. But, in my experience, the BEST of them will tell you what's fluff and money grabbing non-necessities and help you do what's necessary and best to keep your car in good running condition.

RUN AWAY from anyone selling snake oil ... and if you aren't sure - this forum is a good a place as any to ask the question.
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Are diesel/bmw-d oil changes doable at home? Not that I always change my own oil in my current non-bmw vehicle, but does it merit a trip to a dealer to get it done? Not that I'd take it to Walmart either but I'm just wondering how special the oil change on say a 2014d is. Just learning for the future.
It's just like on any gas BMW engine - easy and drip-free (if you're careful removing the oil filter.) The low-saps LL-04 oil is quite a bit harder to find, however. Be sure it says low-saps, LL-04, or ACEA A3/B3-4/C3 (the C3 is low-saps). Ignore any API specs, they're garbage.
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