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View Poll Results: F10 Oil Change Frequency
Every 6 months / 7-8k Miles 36 56.25%
Every 12 Months / 15k Miles - BMW Free Maintenance 28 43.75%
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Old 01-17-2012, 11:43 AM
Sam-F10 Sam-F10 is offline
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F10 Oil Change Frequency?

I read in one of the other posts that it may be a good idea to do an early oil change every 6 months / 8k miles ( my car has just completed 8k miles and I feel it is better to do this due lot of break-in metals etc. in the oil )

I know this is not covered under BMW free maintenace so this is out of my pocket, but in the interest of keeping my 550 trouble free I am tempted to go for it.

Wanted to know if you guys think?
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Old 01-17-2012, 11:52 AM
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I changed my oil @3,000 @10,500 BMW will change it for me @18,000 and we'll alternate every 7,500miles. For the small cost of an oil change I can't see a reason to drive 15k on the same oil unless it's a lease.
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Old 01-17-2012, 01:54 PM
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I've always felt like the scheduled maintenance was just too long. I'll probably do it at the mid-point. I change my 2007 3 series every six months now that the paid maintenance is up. I just feel better about it.
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Old 01-17-2012, 04:15 PM
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Keep in mind that our cars use synthetic oil which has a much longer useful life than regular oil. So, for those of us used to changing regular oil every 3000 miles we need to change our calculation to account for the fact that synthetic oil lasts much longer. I have been using Mobile One synthetic oil in all my cars since about 1971 so I'm used to much longer intervals between oil changes. I used the synthetic oil in part because in cold climes the oil is much less viscous when cold and the car is much easier to start in subfreezing weather and sometimes in subzero weather. I don't think changing the oil more often than recommended will make a hill of beans difference in the useful life of the engine.
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Old 01-17-2012, 05:12 PM
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I often wonder when I read these threads if there is actually data on long term longevity as it relates to extended change intervals. People deride BMW for having the long intervals but the reality is most manufacturers have gone to similarly long intervals even if they are not paying. Just curious if hard data actually exists to support peoples viewpoints. I personally follow the BMW schedule, but there is little chance I will still be driving this car in 5 years.
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Old 01-17-2012, 06:38 PM
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Light came on at 7500 miles telling me to change it ASAP.....it's a leased vehicle....do it?...if its a matter of topping off the oil, won't most dealerships do it at no cost???
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Old 01-18-2012, 09:55 AM
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Thanks to all for your responses. So it looks like if we plan to own the car for longer than 5 years it may make more sense to change oil more often than recommended.
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Old 01-18-2012, 11:41 AM
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Light came on at 7500 miles telling me to change it ASAP.....it's a leased vehicle....do it?...if its a matter of topping off the oil, won't most dealerships do it at no cost???
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You only have 7500 miles on your car, or it has been 7500 miles since your last oil change?

Did you check the oil level in iDrive? Is the car telling you your oil is low or telling you to change the oil?

If your oil is low, you should "top it off" with the same oil that's in it already - then wonder why you are losing oil.

If the car is telling you to change the oil, it's based on your driving (hence CBS or conditon based service) and you need to change the oil, not top it off.

I went into my dealer 7 months and 7000 miles after they changed the oil, they read the key and told me I needed an oil change again (under free maintenance).
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Old 01-18-2012, 02:06 PM
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Condition based sensor? Lol I've changed my oil twice and my sensor still shows the same mileage to the first oil change.
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Old 01-18-2012, 03:18 PM
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I only have 3300 miles on the odometer but I plan to change the oil at 5000 on my own dime. It would have been earlier than this if it had not been synthetic.
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Old 01-19-2012, 04:54 AM
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Changing mine at 5000 and every 5000 there after. It's not that expensive and worth my peace of mind.
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Old 01-20-2012, 09:17 PM
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I'm looking to do my first oil change pretty soon too @ 3K mi. Got a quote from a local shop that specializes in BMWs for $90 and the shop uses Shell Full Synthetic 5W-30. Don't see this oil listed in http://www.bmwusa.com/Standard/Conte...ngineOils.aspx so I'm wondering if its a better/worse/equivalent substitute?
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Old 01-20-2012, 09:58 PM
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The BMW approved oils are the LL-01's which stand for long life and are approved for longer cycle duty if your changing out earlier then there are plenty of oils that are as good or better than those on the approved list. If you want one that is great and also cheap and on the approved list I switched to the Mobil 1 0w-40 and it's been alot better than what was in their stock.
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Old 01-21-2012, 02:39 AM
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What about if you're not driving the car that much? I took ED of my car in July of 2011. It's almost February, and the car only has about 1500 miles on it. Generally, I drive less than 5000 miles in a year. I would change the oil (I also use synthetic) in the Audi I had once a year no matter what, even years when I only drove 3000 miles. I had been planning to stay with the same program with my BMW.

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Old 01-21-2012, 03:03 AM
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You can't go wrong changing it a least once a year. I think the interval is based on a combination of time and miles, so the on-board computer would guide you to a change in a due course.
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Old 01-21-2012, 05:14 AM
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What about if you're not driving the car that much? I took ED of my car in July of 2011. It's almost February, and the car only has about 1500 miles on it. Generally, I drive less than 5000 miles in a year. I would change the oil (I also use synthetic) in the Audi I had once a year no matter what, even years when I only drove 3000 miles. I had been planning to stay with the same program with my BMW.

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BMW will provide a covered annual oil change under the full maintenance regardless of the mileage. In fact they recommend it in the cars documentation.
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Light came on at 7500 miles telling me to change it ASAP.....it's a leased vehicle....do it?...if its a matter of topping off the oil, won't most dealerships do it at no cost???
That light is not telling you to change the oil, it's telling you it's critically low. Add oil immediately. Don't you ever monitor your oil level on the iDrive display? It indicates level in 1/4 quart intervals between "max" (full) and "min" (1 quart down).
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Old 01-21-2012, 10:17 AM
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That light is not telling you to change the oil, it's telling you it's critically low. Add oil immediately. Don't you ever monitor your oil level on the iDrive display? It indicates level in 1/4 quart intervals between "max" (full) and "min" (1 quart down).
I think he means the change the oil light not the "oil light". My car also requested a change at 7500, took to dealer, had a latte, got the change...if the car wants a change they will do it and if you get to 12 months they will do it then no matter what the mileage says.
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Got a call from the dealer on Monday that I am due for an oil change. Car is 1 year old but has 4600 miles. This is the yearly free oil change. The question I have is are they going to reset the oil change due indicator in Idrive even though I am doing the oil change way earlier than the indicator is telling me I am due? Hope my question makes sense.
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:25 AM
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They did not reset it on mine. Changed early at 3,000 miles on me and first annual on BMW.

With two oil changes the mileage indicator countdown has never varied now showing due in July second birthday at 18,000 or 2,000 more miles.
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Got a call from the dealer on Monday that I am due for an oil change. Car is 1 year old but has 4600 miles. This is the yearly free oil change. The question I have is are they going to reset the oil change due indicator in Idrive even though I am doing the oil change way earlier than the indicator is telling me I am due? Hope my question makes sense.

The dealer will reset the oil life counter/timer after the annual change. This will be covered under warranty and it will reset both the mileage to next maintenance and time to next maintenance.
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Unless you plan on keeping it for a long time, who cares?

BMW knows what they're doing. If the BMW-reccomended intervals harm the engine, then we would be seeing a systemic failure of engines across the board (even from MB, Audi, etc who have similar intervals), but it just isn't happening.
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Yeah! This is a keeper for me. Sure I trust BMW knows what they are doing. Thanks folks!
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I have 5300 miles on my 2011 535i, and it said 'oil change due in 15000 miles' upon delivery. To date, that has only changed to 'in 14000 miles.'

Something is fishy here. I'm not waiting 19000 miles for an oil change.

Does anyone have proof in writing about that 'free annual oil change regardless of what the computer says?'
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Old 05-15-2012, 09:56 AM
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I just did mine this past weekend at about 4600 miles. It's the annual one so it was free.

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I have 5300 miles on my 2011 535i, and it said 'oil change due in 15000 miles' upon delivery. To date, that has only changed to 'in 14000 miles.'

Something is fishy here. I'm not waiting 19000 miles for an oil change.

Does anyone have proof in writing about that 'free annual oil change regardless of what the computer says?'
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