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Old 01-01-2014, 08:22 AM
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CBS service time interval for oil (not mileage) 12 or 24 months?

Last April I purchased a 2011 328i xdrive with 13,000 miles from a dealer. Build date 10/2011, in-service date 2/2012.

Prior to delivery the engine oil was changed, battery cable replaced, etc. sometime in Feb. 2013. When I first checked the oil service indicator, it read in 15,000 miles or by 2/2014.
In November, I had the brake fluid changed per the 2 year from build date interval.

Now when I check the oil service status it reads in 4,000 miles or by 2/2015. I have put about. 11,000 miles on the car so the mileage reading seems correct. My question is regarding the time interval. It appears to have been pushed back by exactly one year. Obviously, I will hit the mileage interval before 2/2015, but I am wondering if the dealer modified the time requirement. Prior to the brake fluid service, I would have had the oil serviced in Feb. 2014, well before the 15,000 mile limit. Also, the service/warranty booklet states that the oil should be changed per the CBS or at least once a year.

Has anyone else seen their time intervals changed by the dealer?

Edit: I guess another way to ask is what are other's experiences after a typical oil change. Does the next oil service time read 1 year or 2 years from the date of the most recent oil service?

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Old 01-01-2014, 09:15 AM
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I've seen this with my other car, but each time one resets the oil change it increments by 1 year so if someone does enough times it could read 2020. One way to reset it back (although not confirmed) is to adjust your car's clock to 2013 then reset the oil change again so it reads 2014.
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Old 01-01-2014, 09:45 AM
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It will change based on your driving habits, hence condition based service, CBS.
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Old 01-01-2014, 10:38 AM
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I understand that. But can you tell me what time interval you see when you initially get your oil changed? Is it 12 months out or 24?

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Old 01-01-2014, 04:32 PM
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The US time interval is ONE year. Check your Warranty/Service manual for confirmation. But the dash countdown is set for 2 years, probably because that is the interval in some other world markets. A few years back, BMWUSA tried to extend the interval to two years but quickly changed their mind as owners rushed to dealerships with manuals in hand.

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Old 01-01-2014, 06:13 PM
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Thanks. What I suspect is that the time requirement was pushed back a year when I had the car in for the brake fluid service back in November. Doesn't give me a good feeling about this drealer's service practices.

I plan on taking it in for the oil service this Feb. regardless of the mileage reading. I'll bring the warranty/service booklet with me as well to back up the 1 year interval.

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The US time interval is ONE year. Check your Warranty/Service manual for confirmation. But the dash countdown is set for 2 years, probably because that is the interval in some other world markets. A few years back, BMWUSA tried to extend the interval to two years but quickly changed their mind as owners rushed to dealerships with manuals in hand.

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Don't forgot you get a free annual oil change (independent of the CBS) regardless of miles - granted this may be a moot point for you based on your miles driven per year since you may drive ~15K but just keep that in mind. If you do get a free annual oil change - make sure they do NOT reset the oil light.
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Old 01-02-2014, 10:56 AM
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7500 Miles is what most guys on here do, and since most engine oil temperatures run in the 240-260F range, the oil tends to break down faster, my motto is----- OIL is CHEAP, Engines are not!!!!
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Old 01-02-2014, 02:32 PM
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That's interesting but why would I not want them to reset the CBS oil service indicator? Afterall, I would then have fresh oil and the new milage/time interval should apply.

Let's say I get the oil changed at the one year mark - with about 2000 miles left based on the CBS reading from the previous oil change. If they don't reset the CBS indicator this time, the car won't know that it's been serviced. Secondly, it might think it needs another oil change once the 2000 remaining miles have elapsed. Am I missing anything here?

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Don't forgot you get a free annual oil change (independent of the CBS) regardless of miles - granted this may be a moot point for you based on your miles driven per year since you may drive ~15K but just keep that in mind. If you do get a free annual oil change - make sure they do NOT reset the oil light.
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Old 01-02-2014, 02:49 PM
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That's interesting but why would I not want them to reset the CBS oil service indicator? Afterall, I would then have fresh oil and the new milage/time interval should apply.

Let's say I get the oil changed at the one year mark - with about 2000 miles left based on the CBS reading from the previous oil change. If they don't reset the CBS indicator this time, the car won't know that it's been serviced. Secondly, it might think it needs another oil change once the 2000 remaining miles have elapsed. Am I missing anything here?

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Yes you are ..... its a quirk of the BMW full maintenance plan .... you are able to have a 15,000 mile or CBS oil change and an annual oil change if the mileage is not reached. Not resetting will allow you to have another mileage based change.

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Old 01-02-2014, 03:05 PM
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My wife's new2013 X5 had the two year interval when new. The dealer told me to bring it in at one year for the oil change. And yes, it still had 5,500 miles til due by CBS. They didn't reset it and told me to bring it in when the 5,500 miles is up. So mine will have an oil change at 5,000 from me, 9,500 annual from the dealer and 15,000 from dealer. Makes no sense but that is how they do it. I'll take the free oil change. I also have a 2007 335i with about 100k on it. I changed the oil every 7,500 miles.
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I've seen this with my other car, but each time one resets the oil change it increments by 1 year so if someone does enough times it could read 2020. One way to reset it back (although not confirmed) is to adjust your car's clock to 2013 then reset the oil change again so it reads 2014.
The interval is measured from the current date in the car's clock, so this does work if you plan ahead. That is, you have to set the clock back before you reset the CBS reminder. CBS will ignore repeated reset requests that follow "too soon" after a successful reset. The threshold for "too soon" is some small percentage of the service interval for the monitor you are trying to reset. Simply put, after you've reset a CBS reminder, you may need to drive up to several thousand miles before it will allow you to reset that particular reminder again.
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