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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 09-01-2010, 08:38 AM
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5-Series Maintenance Schedule?

I've looked all over the place for a maitenance schedule. Usually these are posted in the back of owner's manuals showing the recommended maintenance for certain miles.

For the life of me, I can't find this information anywhere for the 2008 5 series. Can someone point me in the right direction?

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Old 09-01-2010, 09:00 AM
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there is no maintenance schedule. the car tells you when it needs service
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Old 09-01-2010, 09:16 AM
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Normally, it is 15K miles for oil changes.

Check your idrive in vehicle info and it should show you how many miles to have all your services/maintenance needed.
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Old 09-01-2010, 11:19 AM
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Depending on your driving style/conditions it could take you to 17k for an oil change.
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Old 09-01-2010, 11:35 AM
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service and warranty information

I got a series of books with my 2008 528. One was "service and warranty information".
They discuss the CBS - condition based service as you will find on the cars readout(service interval indicator).
BUT on page 4 they clearly (bold print) state:
Note: Change oil at least once a year

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Old 09-01-2010, 12:38 PM
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Why oil changes only every 15k miles? Historically I've changed the oil in my car (non-BMWs) every 4k miles.
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Old 09-01-2010, 01:55 PM
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Why oil changes only every 15k miles? Historically I've changed the oil in my car (non-BMWs) every 4k miles.
Oil change intervals has been discussed to death here. Do a search.
Briefly, synthetic oils used today are better than dyno oil. That being said I wouldn't wait 15,000 miles. the general concensus here seems to be 7500 miles.

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Old 09-01-2010, 02:41 PM
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Why oil changes only every 15k miles? Historically I've changed the oil in my car (non-BMWs) every 4k miles.
I'm going to assume you used dino oil versus synthetic oil and that may be the reason.

I have a friend who still has a 1986 toyota corolla that he only changed oil and filter once every 100K miles with using just dino oil. His car still runs without any issues.. Draw whatever conclusion you want with that

BMW recommends 15k intervals and generally speaking companies when they state such information they normally add a buffer for liability reasons, so in reality the oil changes could probably be done around every 20K miles or more.

Regardless, make your own judgement.
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Old 09-01-2010, 03:01 PM
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The 15k comes from Castrol engineering. This is what BMW uses.
The premium Castrol synthetic is rated at 15k.
Go figure??
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Old 09-01-2010, 03:48 PM
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Mobile 1 Extended Performance syntehtic oil also says 15k intervals and this is the oil that is put in at the factory for Mercedes AMG, porsche, Corvettes, Aston Martin DB9, DBS and Vantage,All Bentley Vehicles, Nissan GT-R, Toyota Lexus LFA.

http://www.mobiloil.com/USA-English/...rformance.aspx
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I have the old school BMW schedule, modified for the e60. PM me and I'll send you a copy.
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I'm curious what about other things like power steering fluid/coolant/differential fluid. those have no CBS and I can't imagine they are for life of car. what about belts? again no CBS. if they can have a CBS for the HVAC filter...they should have one for these more essential items.

thoughts on change frequency for these other fluids not in CBS?
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Old 09-02-2010, 07:42 PM
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I'm curious what about other things like power steering fluid/coolant/differential fluid. those have no CBS and I can't imagine they are for life of car. what about belts? again no CBS. if they can have a CBS for the HVAC filter...they should have one for these more essential items.

thoughts on change frequency for these other fluids not in CBS?
Email Mike Miller at Techtalk@roundel.org and request a copy of his old school maintenance document. I would post it here but it is copyrighted and Mike asks all his readers not to post it.
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Old 09-02-2010, 08:17 PM
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I'm new & posted a thread about maintenance here is that thread...great information. Read through it because I posted the link to Mike Miller's article, you will find it really informative & someone else posted a link to a forum that discusses the thought about changing ATF & filter & other maintenance.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...799&highlight=
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Old 09-03-2010, 07:12 AM
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Great. Thanks for the link.
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Old 05-08-2013, 10:34 PM
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quick Maint Q

Hello every one on my 528xi 2010 , im at 31k miles when is my next major maintenance and does the car tell u it needs oil, i normally go to pepboyz, but for CPO cars from the dealer the oil change is free right?
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Old 05-09-2013, 04:45 AM
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It seems that BMW uses "retroactive based service". In other words when the engine gums up or a part breaks they will say "why didnt you service it".
Then they proceed to charge $9000 to repair anything.

Also they figure that most cars are leased so who cares.

BUT ........... when I got my extended rt66 warranty they were very specific on maintenance, since they are paying for any failures.

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