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Old 12-24-2015, 09:21 PM
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Oil changes

When will my car need another oil change? I reset the service light but I read that it isn't always accurate. I used mobile-1 10w-40 full synthetic.
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Old 12-25-2015, 04:43 AM
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Yes, your car will need another engine oil change. The CBS algorithm is accurate for its premises, but they probably don't include a 15 y.o. motor or changes in the oil used. If your oil change frequency is troubling then track your oil chemical analyses and allow the analyzing company to set the rate.
Post hoc ergo propter hoc is a weak logic akin to arguing from ignorance, "I don't know, but ..." Better to be silent and thought a fool than to babble and remove all doubt.
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Old 12-25-2015, 04:48 AM
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The consensus is that most change their oil every 5000-7000 miles
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Old 12-25-2015, 07:12 AM
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Mobil 1 10W-40 doesn't meet BMW's specs. Use Mobil 1 0W-40. It meets the specs. Also, use an oil filter made by either Mann or Mahle.
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Old 12-26-2015, 05:59 AM
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My advice? Change your oil and filter between 5,000 and 10,000 miles at a time that is convenient for you. Your car will be fine.

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Old 12-27-2015, 07:09 AM
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I'd go one year or 7500 miles. N4S
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Old 12-27-2015, 02:52 PM
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I agree with Need4Speed. Indy BMW shop recommends yearly or 7500 miles. As I only drive approx 100 miles a month, obviously yearly applies to me. Just had 5w/40 Liqui Moly and a Mann filter put in. They said either Mobil 1 or Liqui Moly best as they both meet factory specs. Same price for either. They only use Mann oil filters. Not sure if different models require different weights of oil but but this meets requirements of my 01 Z3 3.0i.
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