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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 01-08-2015, 02:27 PM
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Has anybody here done an oil change themselves?

Has anybody here done an oil change themselves? How long does it usually take?

This place near me will charge a total of around $130 for a full synthetic oil change on my 03 525i

that includes labor, new oil, etc.

Is it a good deal? Or should I just do it myself?
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Old 01-08-2015, 02:35 PM
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lots of people do. about 30 minutes. I can do mine for about $75
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Old 01-08-2015, 02:43 PM
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And here is how to do it. http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=459141
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Old 01-08-2015, 02:45 PM
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Nearly everyone here does their own oil change and many do far more invasive and difficult work.

I have found my fav Castrol 0w-40 at Wallyworld, 5qts for $22. Hardest part is disposing of the old oil.

Tip, be easy on the top of the filter canister, it's easy to tear up the mounts and also be sure to use a new washer on the drain plug.

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Old 01-08-2015, 02:55 PM
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Has anybody here done an oil change themselves? How long does it usually take?

This place near me will charge a total of around $130 for a full synthetic oil change on my 03 525i

that includes labor, new oil, etc.

Is it a good deal? Or should I just do it myself?
This is a job best left to those who are mechanically comfortable around their cars. If this is the first task you've contemplated since owning a car, approach it with caution. If you don't do it right, you run the risk of damaging the car, not to mention the mess you will no doubt make. What you will save may not be worth it.

Do you have the requisite tools?

Despite comments to the contrary, most here derive satisfaction by wrenching on their cars. The cost savings are secondary.
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Old 01-08-2015, 03:19 PM
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Hi zabrak, If you are on the eastern side of Oregon, I would be happy to do an oil change for you. You can then decide if you are interested in doing this yourself. I live in Eagle, just west of Boise.
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Old 01-08-2015, 03:27 PM
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I do all my own work on mine. One of the local dealers will do a "Value Oil Change" with new synthetic oil and BMW filter for $79.95. Not bad if you don't want to do it yourself (when it's -7 degrees outside...).
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Old 01-08-2015, 03:34 PM
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I do all my own work on mine. One of the local dealers will do a "Value Oil Change" with new synthetic oil and BMW filter for $79.95. Not bad if you don't want to do it yourself (when it's -7 degrees outside...).
That's better than what I pay for my indy to do it ($94).
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Old 01-08-2015, 03:40 PM
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Oil change is one of the hardest DIY, and should be dealer only. On the other hand, if you have to change the rear wheel bearings, that's a totally doable DIY where you only need a hammer and a screwdriver......

Really? is this a legit question? The next one would probably be about removing a wheel?
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Old 01-08-2015, 03:50 PM
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Ive never paid anyone to change oil on anything..

(Ive been paid many times though)


you need a 17mm wrench and the socket that goes to your oil filter houseing..
you buy the filters in bulk from amazon
you buy the oil in bulb from walmart
you get your self a drain pan..

I guess you need a small jack (I dont)

drain the oil change the filter.. replace the plug, add the correct oil. start the engine turn the engine off.. check the oil level.
reset the service intervl
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Oil change is one of the hardest DIY, and should be dealer only. On the other hand, if you have to change the rear wheel bearings, that's a totally doable DIY where you only need a hammer and a screwdriver......

Really? is this a legit question? The next one would probably be about removing a wheel?
Whaaa??? Oil change so easy, "even a cave man could do it!"
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Old 01-08-2015, 03:52 PM
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I'm sure everyone here on the forum takes their car to the dealer for oil changes. Oh that reminds me, I need to make an appointment at the dealer, I think my windshield washer solution might be low.
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Old 01-08-2015, 03:53 PM
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Changing the oil is one of the easiest way to start to work on your own car. Much better to start with an oil change than replacing the brakes. That being said if you haven't ever done anything on a car you might want to get someone more experienced to help you.
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Despite comments to the contrary, most here derive satisfaction by wrenching on their cars. The cost savings are secondary.
pfft, speak for yourself there bub, diy maintenance cuts maintenance and repair costs to a third of what they would normally be, possibly less
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Guys, I believe there are NUMEROUS oil change threads and related on this and other forums.......Next is "what oil"?
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Old 01-08-2015, 04:00 PM
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I need to make an appointment at the dealer, I think my windshield washer solution might be low.

GOd.. its not windsheild washer solution, Its wind screen visibility clarification solution

and transversal hexagon wheel fasteners

you dont want to look like a stupid american when you enter the father lands premier auto center
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pfft, speak for yourself there bub, diy maintenance cuts maintenance and repair costs to a third of what they would normally be, possibly less
Good point. My valve cover replacement cost 1/10 what an indi quoted me.

Hey Zabrak, once you get past "which oil is best," it's all down hill from there!
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Oil change is one of the hardest DIY, and should be dealer only. On the other hand, if you have to change the rear wheel bearings, that's a totally doable DIY where you only need a hammer and a screwdriver......

Really? is this a legit question? The next one would probably be about removing a wheel?
I've replaced everything possible on a BMW.Ive owned them and worked on BMWs since 1980.Big whoop!You are a certified a$$ hole.
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Old 01-08-2015, 05:18 PM
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pfft, speak for yourself there bub, diy maintenance cuts maintenance and repair costs to a third of what they would normally be, possibly less
So, do you mean that you only DIY for the savings, and not the satisfaction? Too bad. Lots of satisfaction to be gained.
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And here is how to do it. http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=459141
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Thanks for the link!
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Old 01-08-2015, 06:59 PM
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I think you have to consider your motivations for wanting to do it yourself. Is it because you want to save dough or because you want to learn how to work on your own car? As long as it's more than just saving money, I'd say do your research and start buying some tools. Changing the oil was one of the first things I did when I bought my car last year and I don't have a mechanical background. While it's not a technically complex job, it is involved in that it requires you to have the right tools, right parts, you need a place to do it, you gotta get the car in the air, and you have to clean up/dispose of the oil when you're done. Basically, if you're prepared and you actually want to do it, you should be fine and I say go for it. But if you're just doing it to save a couple of bucks and you're not excited to get under the car and get a little dirty, I'd say have someone else do it.
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Guys why didn't you tell him the whole tool list? You need a 36mm six sided socket for the oil filter canister.. I've got a pic of required tools from one of my old threads. http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/att...4&d=1419630072
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I see.. But your list still omitted the 36mm socket for the oil filter housing
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