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View Poll Results: Added a poll. Change your own oil?
Yes 25 55.56%
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Old 01-31-2013, 06:11 PM
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Do you change your own oil?

Just curious to know, how many of you X5 owners change your own oil? Short answer yes or no.

I guess I could have just added a poll to begin with.

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Old 01-31-2013, 06:19 PM
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In warranty and free... no. Out of warranty... yes.
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Old 01-31-2013, 06:38 PM
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I do the interstitial changes myself. And wrench on the other 4 cars too. Although I just had the truck to the shop for ATF, coolant and brake flushes...too busy right now

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Old 01-31-2013, 06:38 PM
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During warranty, I do an oil/filter change to cut the "free maintenance" service interval in half and then have the dealer do changes according to their schedule. Out of warranty, I do them myself at approx. 7k intervals using OE filters and oil. Something theraputic about the whole process of changing oil . . .
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:44 PM
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:50 PM
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Out of BMW free period yes, I've probably only given $1,000 or so to shops in 15 years.

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Old 01-31-2013, 07:54 PM
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Just curious to know, how many of you X5 owners change your own oil? Short answer yes or no.

I guess I could have just added a poll to begin with.
HBU? guesing by the sn, not enough space to DIY an OC
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:58 PM
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My dealer usually gives me the oil changes for $79.95 the regular price is $125.00, what would cost me to get the oil and filter plus time is not worth it for me. Oil changes every 6k.
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:04 PM
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My dealer usually gives me the oil changes for $79.95 the regular price is $125.00, what would cost me to get the oil and filter plus time is not worth it for me. Oil changes every 6k.
Nice OCI. Whats the oil visually at 6k?
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:06 PM
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Nice OCI. Whats the oil visually at 6k?
Sorry not understanding your question?
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:57 AM
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Hey I am fairly new to the world of BMW less than 3 months, do alot of people do oil changes between the recommended time periods, when I got my truck they told me every 15k and I was blown away. I have always lived with the thinking that 3-5k was the change limits and that fresh oil got better MPG. If I change mine out will I see a benefit
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Old 02-03-2013, 08:16 AM
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Yes, between the service intervals...
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Old 02-03-2013, 08:34 AM
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Yes, between the service intervals...
What he said. I don't like the idea of 15,000 mile oil changes.
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Old 02-03-2013, 08:38 AM
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what kind of oil and filter do you guys use? Do you get oil from BMW or local auto parts store
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Old 02-03-2013, 08:48 AM
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The filter is actually cheap even from the dealer. So thats where I bought mine.

But looking back, I would just pay the dealer to do the oil change, but tell them not to reset the computer. That way the next oil change is still comped.
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:11 AM
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My dealer usually gives me the oil changes for $79.95 the regular price is $125.00, what would cost me to get the oil and filter plus time is not worth it for me. Oil changes every 6k.
I get charged $130, which is actually the same as the independent BMW shops around here.

$79.95 is a ridiculously low price.
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:20 AM
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$79.99 oil changes is value package from BMW NA to all US BMW dealers. It started for the e46 models in 2012
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:24 AM
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In the fine print at the bottom, says that X5 is not applicable.

http://www.bmwusa.com/Standard/Conte...ueService.aspx

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Old 02-03-2013, 09:36 AM
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My dealer usually gives me the oil changes for $79.95 the regular price is $125.00, what would cost me to get the oil and filter plus time is not worth it for me. Oil changes every 6k.
For me, it is 30 minutes each way to the deler... Even if the charged $1, it isn't worth my time to drive there! 'In warranty' I kind of have to let them do it.....

So the 'my time isn't worth it' cuts both ways....
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It is convenient and time saving to change the oil myself.
I buy 5 qt container Mobil 1 0-30wt $24.97 doesn't matter to me to use 5W-30 or 10W-30
The cost in material: 7 qt oil $37.84 + $5.14 filter = $42.98
It takes me about 15 minutes to change the oil in my 330i with 145K miles. 330i plastic skirt up front does not extend to the oil drain plug, and the dip between the driveway and the street provide enough space for me to reach the oil drain plug without elevating the car.
I use to change every 5K miles, but now I'm lazy. I change every 10K miles.

The 997 Porsche Turbo? I let the dealer or independent shop do that. The engine is too low to the ground for me to reach the engine drain plug. The sump oil tank is easily reached.
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:12 AM
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Since you bring up Mobil 1, people say to use 0w40, because 0w40 has the LL-01 spec that even Mobil 1 5w30 doesn't have.


I don't know what oil diesel people do.

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Old 02-03-2013, 10:40 AM
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Castro syntech professional for the d.

I use rotella syn in the truck and Mobil 1 in my V, it was nicer when I had 3 vehicles that all used the same oil and filter...

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Interesting to see that so many of you change your own oil. I am ashamed to admit that I have never changed myself the oil in my vehicles. Outboard motors, lawn movers etc yes, but never a car. Can somebody create a new thread of detailed DYI instructions next time you change your oil? Maybe make it a sticky?
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Change oil myself on all the BMW's every 5K miles; the cars on the "free plan" get the oil changed by the dealer at the 15K interval. The X5M will be based in remote Montana where the nearest dealer is Spokan WA - about 225 miles. I wil do all the oil/filter changes myself on it and watch it be flat-bedded for a 5 hour ride when it breaks under warranty

The Dodge 4x4 Ram with 150K miles goes to Jiffy Lube - I hate working on that thing

I use BMW filters 'cuz they are cheap and Mobil 1 from Autozone or NAPA.
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