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Old 10-15-2011, 06:02 PM
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Oil Service Life Indicator Intervals

The debate on which full synthetic brand and weight is best overshadowed my attempts at searching for the answer I wanted. So here is my question.

I bought my car about 2 days after the previous owner had an oil change with full synthetic, but I dont know if they reset the oil indicator. The sticker calls for it to be changed again around 131k (10k interval). I've gone about 3.5k and the oil service light is between yellow and red. How does it determine when its time to change the oil? My previous car, which was all techno'd out, factored in mileage, rpms, trip time, and other junk into its remaining oil life calc.

Do I listen to the car or my brain? I'm not sure which i trust more
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Do you have a receipt that the PO changed the oil when they said they did? (A sticker isn't a receipt). If not, then assume they did NOT change it, do it yourself, reset the oil gauge, and continue from there. BTW, even though synthetic oil is good for 10-12k miles, your filter is paper. It is NOT good for 10-12k miles and should be changed at the usually recommended 5k miles.

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Old 10-16-2011, 11:35 AM
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^ This is true. Whenever picking up a used car, I never assume that the owner actually changed the oil, even though they may have. The first thing I do is change the oil-becuase even though they may have just changed it, they may not have put quality oil in, or may not have put a quality filter in either.
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Yeah, when I picked up my friend's 525i, the oil service lights had been reset, but the oil change sticker in the window said it was about due and it was a bit low. Definitely change it.

Also, you should change your oil at 4-5k mile intervals with synthetic oil.
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