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Old 09-09-2013, 09:15 PM
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how often do you do oil change?

mine is 2005 x3, what are some basic maintenance required? thansk
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Old 09-09-2013, 10:40 PM
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mine is 2005 x3, what are some basic maintenance required? thansk
if you use BMW LL-01 7.5K or any other top shelf full Sythetic.
3-4K mineral oil
do a search there is an oil analysis that i posted some time back that compares 14K run v 7K run on same BMW oil
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Old 09-10-2013, 11:01 AM
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I've been doing 10k mile intervals on my 05 ever since I got it with 43k miles.

approaching 95k miles now. No problems using mobil 1 0w-40

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Old 09-10-2013, 12:33 PM
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7k with BMW LL-01.

I am a do it yourself-er, but I have a local Indy that does the oil changes for 75 bucks!! ECS's oil change hit costs 70!!
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Old 09-10-2013, 01:28 PM
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Dealer with CCA discount for BMW Castrol 5w-30 is like $63, including filter. Why do you guys bother with LL-01?

Doing 7-8k intervals.
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Old 09-10-2013, 01:40 PM
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how often do you do oil change?

I change every 5000 miles and have oil analyzed once a year at blackstone. With the bavauto suction kit, oil changes are a breeze!! Filter and all is about $40 with castrol edge synthetic at Walmart.


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Old 09-10-2013, 02:50 PM
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I have 221k and always change it with Mobil 0W40 at 5k. It looks and SOUNDS like new.
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Old 09-10-2013, 03:35 PM
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I do it at about twice the BMW recommended interval of every 16.5k miles... So every 8250 miles or so, give or take 500 miles.
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Old 09-10-2013, 04:47 PM
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Why do you guys bother with LL-01?

Doing 7-8k intervals.
I think the point is that the LL-01 specification is not just about Long Life - it includes the high temperature/high shear criteria.

Not too many oils that meet long life requirements also meet the HT/HS or ACEA A3/B3 spec.

So even if you are doing shorter drain intervals, you still want an oil that stands up to sustained high speeds and spirited driving.
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Old 09-10-2013, 05:33 PM
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I'm doing 7.5k mile intervals, with new filter. Mobil 1 0W-40 or BMW 5W-30 synthetic. No issues.
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Old 09-10-2013, 07:01 PM
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Royal Purple 5W-30 Synthetic and Royal Purple filter @ 10k. Strong and smooth.
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Old 09-11-2013, 07:58 AM
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Also i will be changing to Schaeffer 9000 5w30 from now on.
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Old 09-11-2013, 10:33 PM
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Royal Purple 5W-30 Synthetic and Royal Purple filter @ 10k. Strong and smooth.
I have used Royal Purple in my last two and my present '92 Saab with no issues changing at 7k. I just picked up my '08 X3 and, as it has no dip stick and the reminder said it was 15K overdue, I had it changed with my Indie's full synthetic to get something fresh in it. On changing, we observed that the oil in it was fresh. Better safe than sorry. Next change will be Royal Purple.
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Old 09-12-2013, 07:20 AM
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I have 221k and always change it with Mobil 0W40 at 5k. It looks and SOUNDS like new.
nice one!

+1 on the 5k intervals, i use Redline 5w 30.
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Old 09-12-2013, 07:44 AM
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I'm also in the 5,000 to 6,000 mile camp and use OE BMW oil. I rebuilt my first engine 41 years ago and have seen some real horror stories from neglected oil changes.

My theory is....... While oil has gotten much better, (which is why I don't change at 3,000 any more) the fact is engines still have blowby. So while the oil is still very good, it's contaminated with fine particles of carbon that act as scouring powder. Particles that are too small for the filter to catch (which is why the oil still turns black even though it's filtered).

Of course more frequent oil changes only matter if one is keeping the car for the long haul. If I were leasing, or trading in before the warranty runs out, I would change it when the car said to and no more.
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Old 09-12-2013, 09:04 AM
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Im unsure how the truck montiors the oil life?
Like on the e39 and e36 you have little green bars that go down over time..

how does the dash on the 04 work?
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Old 09-12-2013, 09:14 AM
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Im unsure how the truck montiors the oil life?
Quite basic compared to later models with an "oil life monitor".

Stops and starts are a big part of it, but I don't think how hard you are driving is on the E83.
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Old 09-12-2013, 09:53 AM
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Im unsure how the truck montiors the oil life?
Like on the e39 and e36 you have little green bars that go down over time..

how does the dash on the 04 work?
30 years ago I had a buddy who drove a truck. The truck was probably on the road 7 days a week for at least 10 or 18 hours a day. Every Sunday he changed the oil.
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Old 09-12-2013, 10:49 AM
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No I think u guys mis understood me ..

When u first start the car does it tell u how long till your next oil change ?
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Old 09-12-2013, 11:17 AM
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No I think u guys mis understood me ..

When u first start the car does it tell u how long till your next oil change ?
My 2009 does.
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Old 09-12-2013, 11:21 AM
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No I think u guys mis understood me ..

When u first start the car does it tell u how long till your next oil change ?
Or the next Inspection - whichever it has as next up.

But even though your question was misunderstood, the answer is still valid -
the basic oil life of 15K miles is probably an overestimate by BMW, and even the process of counting down the miles may not accurately reflect how the oil is being degraded through use.

Short answer - take the dash display only as a guide and do your own oil life monitoring.
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Old 09-12-2013, 03:59 PM
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Every 5k or six months. When I first bought my '04 X3 3.0 (from an Acura dealer with 48k miles on it and a fresh 30k mile service), I didn't change the oil until the oil service reminder came on about a year and 8k miles later. Mistake. The oil and filter were both in poor condition.

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Old 09-12-2013, 05:37 PM
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lol omg nvm

IM not here to discuss oils and which is better and bla bla bla... Ive got enough hours under a lift..

i was asking about the 04 x3 e38 2.5 specifically

something along the line of "when Ign1 engaged the dash display's the mileage since last reset"
Or "when you turn the key it shows the milaged left on till your next service"

lol thanks anyway
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Old 09-12-2013, 08:48 PM
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Re: how often do you do oil change?

Mobil 1 0w-40 at every 7,000 miles.
Just passed 150,000 miles.
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Old 09-12-2013, 08:49 PM
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I've been doing 10k mile intervals on my 05 ever since I got it with 43k miles.

approaching 95k miles now. No problems using mobil 1 0w-40
Ditto for this guy.
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