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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 03-28-2012, 09:18 PM
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Oil sensor / remaing miles before oil change

The oil sensor in my car is bad - it stays on for about 15 seconds after ignition and then goes off. I haven't really worried about the problem because other than the warning indicator I haven't noticed any other problem. However, I have noticed lately that mileage displayed for the next oil change seems to be strange: A week ago it told me that I have 1500 miles left before an oil change, yet today it says that I have 1450 -- the problem is that I know I have driven way more than 50 miles. It doesn't seem to be calculating the mileage before next oil change correctly.

Is this irregularity because of the bad oil sensor, something else, or is it normal? And what recommendation do you all have for the oil sensor -- should I get it fixed or can I ignore it?
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Old 03-28-2012, 11:06 PM
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Ignore the Service Interval Indicator, and just change your oil & filter every 7500 miles, and all will be good....
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:58 AM
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Yeap, i didnt know it was 7.500 Miles, Thanks to Bob i did the search on the forum and google it, found out that we should change our Oil every 7.500 instead of what the "mechanic" told me every 3,000 Miles.... so basically instead of every 4 month, im changing it every 8 month or 7500 miles! =)
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Old 03-29-2012, 04:25 PM
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Ignore the Service Interval Indicator, and just change your oil & filter every 7500 miles, and all will be good....
Good to know. Thanks for the help!
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