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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 02-04-2013, 01:28 PM
Mybad45 Mybad45 is offline
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Gotta new 2008 BMW 528i

Hey guys. Purchased a BMW 2008 528I a few weeks ago. So far the car is ok. Its not as fast as a 550I but it gets the job done. The gas millage is great. Is it true that only a bmw dealer can service the car or can I do some things myself for example oil change, spark plugs filter and etc? Someone told me that if I change my own oil the check engine light will come one. I don't know if that sounds right or what? Also I don't have the CPO warranty on the car but I plan on purchasing a warranty in maybe a month or so.
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:54 PM
schpenxel schpenxel is offline
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Hey guys. Purchased a BMW 2008 528I a few weeks ago. So far the car is ok. Its not as fast as a 550I but it gets the job done. The gas millage is great. Is it true that only a bmw dealer can service the car or can I do some things myself for example oil change, spark plugs filter and etc? Someone told me that if I change my own oil the check engine light will come one. I don't know if that sounds right or what? Also I don't have the CPO warranty on the car but I plan on purchasing a warranty in maybe a month or so.
You can do basic maintenance yourself. Under all the electronics they're the same as every other car.

If you Google e60 oil reset you shouldn't have any trouble figuring out how to reset your oil maintenance timer thing.
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Old 02-04-2013, 04:19 PM
Mybad45 Mybad45 is offline
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Oh ok. What about brakes and calipers and other more depth maintance things?
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Old 02-04-2013, 04:38 PM
schpenxel schpenxel is offline
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Brakes/calipers are simple enough. They have a kind of weir wear sensor, but nothing too crazy

It depends on how in depth you want to go--I've personally changed solenoids inside the transmission of mine before (and did it easily in an afternoon), and others have done just about anything. i.e. valve seal changes, timing chain changes, etc. It's doable, there just aren't a whole lot of tutorials online about how to do any of it, and the cost of screwing up is pretty high (although so is the cost to take it to a dealer..)
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Old 02-05-2013, 05:44 AM
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I also have a 08 528i and the one thing I've noticed in the forums is you don't see a lot of posts related to it. assuming may be a little more trouble free
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