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Old 10-27-2014, 07:07 PM
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'13 550i Maintenance Questions

My '13 550i M-Sport is my 1st BMW.

I am not quite up to speed on maintenance on my new BMW:

Oil Change Intervals? I know the book/BMW says 15k mi. Not going extend my oil drain intervals that far out. What you guys recommend? 5,000 Miles ? Oil? I use M1 0W-40 in my other German cars, but I know the BMW runs hotter. Possibly try the 10W-60? (one of the reasons I got a BMW was to justify using 10W-60..lol)

Transmission Oil Changes/Flushes?

Spark Plug Intervals?
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Old 10-27-2014, 07:26 PM
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'13 550i Maintenance Questions

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My '13 550i M-Sport is my 1st BMW.



I am not quite up to speed on maintenance on my new BMW:



Oil Change Intervals? I know the book/BMW says 15k mi. Not going extend my oil drain intervals that far out. What you guys recommend? 5,000 Miles ? Oil? I use M1 0W-40 in my other German cars, but I know the BMW runs hotter. Possibly try the 10W-60? (one of the reasons I got a BMW was to justify using 10W-60..lol)



Transmission Oil Changes/Flushes?



Spark Plug Intervals?

5-7K mile oil changes are much preferred over 15K mile oil changes. I personally do my oil change every 7,500 miles with a good synthetic oil. Some popular oil choices I'd recommend are Castrol Edge 0W-40 European Formula(Made in Germany), Motul 8100 X-Cess 5W-40, or Liqui-Moly Leichtlauf High Tech 5W-40. I prefer 40 weight oils on an 8 cylinder car especially how a forced induction motor can have much higher operating temperatures. 10W-60 may be too thick for the engine, so using BMW LL-01 approved oils in the 40 weight range should be okay for you.

As for transmission oil changes, only do a drain and fill as a flush may damage the transmission. Change the oil pan(filter is built into pan and cannot be removed separately) and fluid at 60,000 miles using the ZF Lifeguard 8 fluid.

Spark plug change is also good at the 60K mile mark.

I personally recommend that you look up "Mike Miller's Old School BMW Maintenance" as your car will be happier in the long run if you follow Mike's schedule for long-term ownership.

And congrats on your first BMW! I wish you many happy miles with your 550i.
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Old 10-28-2014, 06:07 AM
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My '13 550i M-Sport is my 1st BMW.

I am not quite up to speed on maintenance on my new BMW:

Oil Change Intervals? I know the book/BMW says 15k mi. Not going extend my oil drain intervals that far out. What you guys recommend? 5,000 Miles ? Oil? I use M1 0W-40 in my other German cars, but I know the BMW runs hotter. Possibly try the 10W-60? (one of the reasons I got a BMW was to justify using 10W-60..lol)

Transmission Oil Changes/Flushes?

Spark Plug Intervals?
Do you (or will you) own the car vs. lease? Your 13 is still covered under BMW maintenance. Why do anything more than what the car calls for? Remember - the benefit to synthetic lubricants is their ability to run longer change intervals - so you're really throwing out the oil well before it's useful life by changing sooner. There are many who will run synthetic oil many miles by sampling the oil for contaminants and changing the filters on the recommended schedule. If the engine calls for 5/40, I would not run 60 - that's awfully thick. Believe in the US - Castrol is the recommended oil.
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Old 10-28-2014, 06:41 AM
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BMW can recommend it but I will not follow a 15k mile OCI. I sample all my vehicles with Blackstone Labs. Not sure how this engine is on the oil but at 15k there is more than likely 0 TBN left. It doesn't matter if it's a synthetic or not. It all comes down to the engine. Some engines can shear oil in less than 5k miles, on the contrary, A Duramax 6.5L Diesel Engine can run up to 20k miles on 1 OCI. Some have gone 25-30k miles by monitoring TBN & Contaminents.

$100 for Oil & a Filter isn't going to break me. I'd rather have clean fresh oil vs. 12-14k mi oil that has been essentiallying depelted of active additives.
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Entirely up to you - and it's your money. I definitely tend to treat my vehicles differently if I lease vs. buy. That being said, I'm 100 percent sure I'm not keeping my 550 beyond the end of the warranty (fuel injector issues, turbo issues at higher mileage, the myriad of electronics, etc). The only thing "extra" maintenance is going to do for me...between now and the end of my ownership of the car is cost me extra money. If you're planning to keep your car for 10 years and 200k miles, I can see your point, but if it's a short term ownership experience...really, you're just wasting your dollars. But. They're yours to waste.
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BMW can recommend it but I will not follow a 15k mile OCI. I sample all my vehicles with Blackstone Labs. Not sure how this engine is on the oil but at 15k there is more than likely 0 TBN left. It doesn't matter if it's a synthetic or not. It all comes down to the engine. Some engines can shear oil in less than 5k miles, on the contrary, A Duramax 6.5L Diesel Engine can run up to 20k miles on 1 OCI. Some have gone 25-30k miles by monitoring TBN & Contaminents.



$100 for Oil & a Filter isn't going to break me. I'd rather have clean fresh oil vs. 12-14k mi oil that has been essentiallying depelted of active additives.

Fresh oil and filter never hurts. Only helps.
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I paid cash for it. I understand your point if I am going to sell after warranty. But like with my other cars that I have owned, I always get a little more than markte value for my cars being that I keep all service records and do more than what's recommended. M5 will be next. Steering and handling on my 550i is on part with my Porsche 997TT.
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