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E36 (1991 - 1999)
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Old 07-21-2011, 07:08 PM
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BMW Oil Change price

Hi I have a 1998 BMW 328i and it's my first car. I'm also due for a oil change and it's my first time so I want to get it done at a shop or at the BMW dealer.
What is the price range, and what is the best oil shop?
Also what kind of oil should I ask for?
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Old 07-21-2011, 07:12 PM
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Do it yourself mangggg

Check out the oil sticky. it would be REALLY easy to do.
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Old 07-21-2011, 07:12 PM
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Old 07-21-2011, 07:27 PM
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I pay about $75 buying the supplies and doing it myself (Mobil 1 - 7@$8.49, plus filter 1@$13). If you're going to request similar grade products at a shop, I would expect to pay considerably more than that. But as mentioned above, if you know how to safely jack a car up and place it on jack stands, changing the oil in these cars is exceedingly easy. Plus, it gets you familiar with your car and how it works. It's definitely step number one for the beginner shade tree mechanic.

PS: I should probably start looking for online deals for cases of Mobil 1...
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Old 07-21-2011, 07:41 PM
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You pay 8.49 for Mobil1 Karl?! The one and only thing I ever go into Walmart for, they have it for $23 for a 5 qt jug.

Sally, don't go to the dealer or Jiffy Lube, they're both equally incompetent. Take it to a reputable shop specializing in German cars, and start building a relationship with them if you don't feel comfortable doing it yourself.
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Old 07-21-2011, 07:48 PM
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Crazy, right? I know there are deals out there - I just never get around to sniffing them out. It appears that Walmart doesn't carry the weight I use (0W-40) in the 5qt jugs, but regardless, I only perform two oil changes per year (I drive about 7500 miles annually), so spending $150 per year on oil changes isn't the end of the world.
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Old 07-21-2011, 08:52 PM
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first oil change in my 318 auto story-

Its about 10PM on a school night and me and my dad decided to change my oil, i got under the car found a pan and unscrewed the plug. Drained the fluid out into the pan, get out from under the car. Dad sees the fluid and says "it's red.... thats the transmission fluid!!!". drained the OIL this time out new fluid in and went to walmart at 1pm got ATF we had no transfer pump so we had to get it in there with gravity. It took use two hours to fill and we only filled it until it started coming out of the hole with some random ATF we got at walmart. Its now 3AM ..........school sucked the next day.
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Old 07-21-2011, 09:36 PM
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I'm trying to imagine how you got the ATF in there without using a pump
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Old 07-21-2011, 09:55 PM
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lulz... reminds me of the time of when my boss started the customers car while there was still no oil filter (i was running to get it). come back in the shop and i'm like 'TURN IT OFF NAOW!' to which hes like why and then i pointed to the pool of oil on the floor and showed him the filter in my hand.

*shenanigans*
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Old 07-22-2011, 12:15 AM
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Karl I don't know why you pay $13 per filter:

http://www.amazon.com/Mann-Filter-HU...1318749&sr=8-2

Shipped to my door for $5.90, gotta love Amazon Prime!

There's a huge thread about oil choices up top which will give you many suggestions, but I have done an exhaustive amount of research on oil for these cars (I also drive a 98 328i), and I think the best choices are either:

Shell Rotella T6 5w-40 or Mobil 1 0w-40.
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Old 07-22-2011, 06:51 AM
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lulz... reminds me of the time of when my boss started the customers car while there was still no oil filter (i was running to get it). come back in the shop and i'm like 'TURN IT OFF NAOW!' to which hes like why and then i pointed to the pool of oil on the floor and showed him the filter in my hand.

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I did this on my audi I am building. I was like hmm....where is this massive oil leak from??
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Old 07-22-2011, 08:24 AM
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I'm trying to imagine how you got the ATF in there without using a pump
very slowly and it was in the middle of February
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Old 07-22-2011, 08:36 PM
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Can't do it myself :,( I'm a girl.. New car.. Don't wanna kill it :/
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Old 07-22-2011, 08:41 PM
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It's stupidly easy, the BMW has a great filter design that makes changing it extremely easy and not messy. The only bad part about the BMW is the location of the drain plug, being on the side of the pan it doesn't get the oil out as easily as if it were on the rear of the pan.
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I use Mobil1 10w40 ( heavier for hot climate) I get two 5 liter jugs. Use 1/4 of a jug to flush remnants of old oil out. Then fill as needed. I replace oil filter with fram cartridge. And I replace Ngk iridium iv's every other oil change. I like fresh plugs(call me crazy). Use left over new oil to flush next time. Plus undo lucas oil fuel additive after wards.
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Old 07-22-2011, 08:57 PM
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Girl eh?

Show us a pic and we might show you how to change your oil?

Just teasing.

Honestly i could write you a STEP by STEP by STEP of how to change your oil if you wanted...

Like retard proof
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Girl eh?

Show us a pic and we might show you how to change your oil?

Just teasing.

Honestly i could write you a STEP by STEP by STEP of how to change your oil if you wanted...

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I pay around $100-$200.

I use Mobil1 10w40 ( heavier for hot climate) I get two 5 liter jugs. Use 1/4 of a jug to flush remnants of old oil out. Then fill as needed. I replace oil filter with fram cartridge. And I replace Ngk iridium iv's every other oil change. I like fresh plugs(call me crazy). Use left over new oil to flush next time. Plus undo lucas oil fuel additive after wards.
Seems like you enjoy flushing money down the drain. Pun intended.
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Old 07-22-2011, 11:24 PM
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Coupon for $10 off Mobil 1 if you buy at Autozone......

http://www.mobiloil.com/USA-English/MotorOil/Files/Mobil_1_$10_off_Coupon_at_Autozone.pdf
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Old 07-23-2011, 06:16 AM
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Can't do it myself :,( I'm a girl.. New car.. Don't wanna kill it :/
If you do not believe that you are capable enough, you shouldn't risk servicing your car yourself. An oil service is relatively easy, but requires some tools, some of your free time and elbow grease.

Shops should be able to look up what oils are compatible with your car.
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Old 07-23-2011, 07:15 AM
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Can't do it myself :,( I'm a girl.. New car.. Don't wanna kill it :/
Sally, that's okay...You don't need to prove anything to some of these Neanderthals who say it is easy and do it yourself...My wife will in no way shape or form change the oil in her car and I don't blame her. Best advice I can give is to find a reputable BMW/Mercdes independent shop. Have them check the overall condition of your car out as well so you don't get any surprises down the road (pardon the pun)...But whatever you do...Do not take it to Jiffy Lube or Walmart for an oil change !
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Old 07-23-2011, 07:34 AM
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