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Old 10-14-2013, 10:58 AM
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Low mileage oil change?

You guys may remember I asked how do I know for sure if BMW will actually change my oil, in my specific situation, only 8000 miles in but a year has passed. On my invoice it shows " Low mileage oil change". I don't understand why they would state that. An oil change is an oil change, whether its done due to mileage or time interval, but the strange thing is they told me they did NOT reset my oil change mileage counter due to this BEING a low mileage oil change. This makes zero sense! If I have fresh oil and filter, I should be good for another 15000 miles, why not reset the clock?? Am I missing something?

Besides the fact they got drops of oil on my drivers side fender and overfilled my tires again!
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Old 10-14-2013, 11:24 AM
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This is a good thing. You will be entitled to a covered oil change at the 15k mark which many who hate the 15k interval as too long would love to have.
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I understand by the clock, oil will be due in only 7000 miles, but it makes no sense to me. Anyway I'll be doing my oil from now on at 6000-7000 miles.
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They are actually doing you a favor by not reseting it. They only reset it when the CBS oil change is performed (that is typically the 15K oil change).

So you are allowed one annual oil change per year regardless of miles. So if someone drives say only 5000 miles, why would you want them to reset the oil light back to the 15K mark when the CBS indicator states are now 10k away from the next CBS change?

If you work it right, it works in your favor to get a an annual, then work in the CBS change, then the annual and so forth. It's on their dime, enjoy while it last before it cost you $100 after the 48 month maintenance.
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Old 10-15-2013, 02:03 PM
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I understand by the clock, oil will be due in only 7000 miles, but it makes no sense to me. Anyway I'll be doing my oil from now on at 6000-7000 miles.
Why not simply have your free change done by BMW when the CBS calls for it at roughly 15k miles?

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Old 10-15-2013, 04:01 PM
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If I remember correctly, last time you asked if you could trust the dealer replacing the oil during a regular oil change. I think on this issue you need to trust they will replace the old oil. Get your schedule free change every 15K, and you can do you own at the 7K interval.
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There is a more logical reason to not reset. Other things get changed at the 15k mark. Slightly different car but my 335D came up for the 12 month change with only 8700 miles driven. They changed my oil but didn't reset the "timer". The 335D gets a new fuel filter at the 3rd oil change but they want to do it at 30,000 miles. Same for engine air filter. So, i've got another 3000 miles and they will change the oil again along with those filters aroud Christmas time. I had done an "in between" oil change after about 4000 miles. So, the engine will have had oil changes at 4000, 4700, and 3000 mile intervals. I know there are many of you doing your oil analysis and will blast me for all of the additives still looking good. They are doing this and I'm not griping (other than i really wanted that fuel filter changed last month).

Tangentially related: September 2012 they did an oil change and left the little trapaziodal shaped door off the bottom chassis enclosure. I was messing around that weekend and noticed it was missing. I called the following Monday and they ordered another one and they installed it. As I mentioned above, they changed it again September 2013 and those guys left off the door again. But this time before I drove off of their property, I looked under neath and discovered it missing. The service advisor immediately took it back into the garage. The mechanic had left the door sitting there on his work table. The SA brought the car back out in 10 minutes and appologized. So, check your car before leaving if your little door wasn't already lost. I look under there about once a month curious if road vibration or bumps can cause it to become loose and fall off. So far, it hasn't.

I told the SA I was going to remove it before coming in for next service and reinstall after they are done. That is stupid to have to do but they are 24 miles away and in downtown Houston. to get to them requires dealing with bad traffic. I shoudn't have to endure this twice because of them being in too big of hurry.
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Changing the oil on this car is no mystery and more is better than less. I'm sure it probably has to do with low miles and time gone by. Wish I was in your situation. I change my own and even though I don't have to, do it every 3-5K. Another thing I will do soon is change the coolant. I am amazed at how much damage old coolant can do to internal passages and the radiator. Do not neglect this!
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