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Old 09-17-2012, 01:19 PM
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Tips/Recommendations for oil change?

Hey so I'm a new owner of a 03 330ci and I'm about due for an oil change and I've been thinking about doing them my selves since I drive 5k miles a month in the car do I'll be needing them frequently. If y'all could jus help me answer whatever u can the help will be appreciated.

Is changing oil and filter on this car simple for someone not to mechanically inclined?

Is the BMW dealer the only place to buy filters?

If this was ur car which type of oil would you be using?

How often do I need to change the oil?

And if you have any other tips, recommendations, or good DIY videos it all be appreciated!!!
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Is changing oil and filter on this car simple for someone not to mechanically inclined?

Is the BMW dealer the only place to buy filters?

If this was ur car which type of oil would you be using?

How often do I need to change the oil?

And if you have any other tips, recommendations, or good DIY videos it all be appreciated!!!
Yes it is quite easy to change the oil without being a mechanic. Personally never touched a car before buying mine. Learned everything I have on it.

Use BMW approved oil. Either go to the dealer, or Mobil 1 0w-40.

No real trick to it. Raise the front of the car, open the drain bolt, remove the cap on the filter in the engine bay, let it drain and voila. You are done. Close the drain bolt, replace filter and add new oil. Very Simple to do.
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Is changing oil and filter on this car simple for someone not to mechanically inclined? Yes

Is the BMW dealer the only place to buy filters? No, I buy them online, OEM Mann HU 925/4X. I buy in bulk of 10 for $52, free shipping.

If this was ur car which type of oil would you be using? Mobil 1 0-30 or 10-30. Porsche recommends Shell synthetic, but I think Shell is in bed with Porsche.

How often do I need to change the oil? There is a mileage indicator when you turn the ignition on. It is not very sophisticated sensor. The correct number is 667 gallons of gasoline consumed. That equates to 22.49 mpg average over 15,000 miles.

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Author: Dave 330i 5spd SP on 2001-11-11 at 23:24:50
Message: The OBC does not know when you changed your oil. You need to reset it yourself using the OBC. I used to do it every 5K, now 10K with 137K on the ODO Every 10K is an easy reminder. The tech who replaced leaky gaskets to the valve covers told the SA that I had the cleanest engine he had ever seen. Quite a compliment.

You need a 36mm socket to remove the lid to the filter housing. It is located on top of the engine, right in front of you, very easy to do. You will also need a 18mm socket to remove the drain plug. To reach the drain plug, you may have to remove the black plastic splash guard. My 330i does not have the splash guard. I don't use ramps to get under the car. I back the front of the car to the dip between the driveway and the street. I can reach the drain plug by crawling in just a little. Of course, replace the o-ring to the filter housing, and the copper washer to the drain plug. Put in 6.5 quarts of oil, and top off later as necessary. Now, you need to know how to reset the "dumb" oil service indicator. That will be another thread.
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Or just buy yourself a Mity-Vac and you won`t even have to get under the car to change the oil. It will pay for itself after 2 oil changes (which most of us perform at approx. 7500 mile intervals).

Good luck !

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The oil capacity is 7 quarts, not 6.5 (it`s 6.5 LITERS, Dave :-)
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Is that oil you're drinking? I see the Mann filter box, but you were too drunk to replace the filter. Makes the job quicker, buy synthetic by 5 qt containers at Walmart, about $25 each.
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Is changing oil and filter on this car simple for someone not to mechanically inclined? Yes

Is the BMW dealer the only place to buy filters? No, I buy them online, OEM Mann HU 925/4X. I buy in bulk of 10 for $52, free shipping.

If this was ur car which type of oil would you be using? Mobil 1 0-30 or 10-30. Porsche recommends Shell synthetic, but I think Shell is in bed with Porsche.

How often do I need to change the oil? There is a mileage indicator when you turn the ignition on. It is not very sophisticated sensor. The correct number is 667 gallons of gasoline consumed. That equates to 22.49 mpg average over 15,000 miles.

http://bimmer.roadfly.org/bmw/forums/e46/121712-1.html

Author: Dave 330i 5spd SP on 2001-11-11 at 23:24:50
Message: The OBC does not know when you changed your oil. You need to reset it yourself using the OBC. I used to do it every 5K, now 10K with 137K on the ODO Every 10K is an easy reminder. The tech who replaced leaky gaskets to the valve covers told the SA that I had the cleanest engine he had ever seen. Quite a compliment.

You need a 36mm socket to remove the lid to the filter housing. It is located on top of the engine, right in front of you, very easy to do. You will also need a 18mm socket to remove the drain plug. To reach the drain plug, you may have to remove the black plastic splash guard. My 330i does not have the splash guard. I don't use ramps to get under the car. I back the front of the car to the dip between the driveway and the street. I can reach the drain plug by crawling in just a little. Of course, replace the o-ring to the filter housing, and the copper washer to the drain plug. Put in 6.5 quarts of oil, and top off later as necessary. Now, you need to know how to reset the "dumb" oil service indicator. That will be another thread.
Thanks for all the help I will definitely Check out the oil filters!!!

Also I know you stated a 36 and 18 mm socket, but are those the only tools that I would need?
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Thanks for all the help I will definitely Check out the oil filters!!!

Also I know you stated a 36 and 18 mm socket, but are those the only tools that I would need?
yep.
Do get (2) Mobil 1 in 5 qt container at WalMart (if you have one). They are a lot cheaper than buy 1 quart at a time. I've never used that suction pump, but apparently it works well since that guy Kris L uses it. It saves the hassle of having to get under the car and removing the plastic sheet (you may not have it) and oil plug. But, I always felt that draining will flush out particulates than trying to suck them out.
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Do get (2) Mobil 1 in 5 qt container at WalMart (if you have one). They are a lot cheaper than buy 1 quart at a time.
Right, it's good to see for those special offers of quality oil already long before it's time to oil change. It's just smart if you have oil+filter ready waiting well in time.
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I`ve been looking for years, and have never seen Mobil 1 0W-40 in 5-qt. jugs at Walmart near me, they only have that particular weight in 1-qt. bottles.

And Dave, the Mity-Vac IS as effective as a gravity drain....
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I`ve been looking for years, and have never seen Mobil 1 0W-40 in 5-qt. jugs at Walmart near me, they only have that particular weight in 1-qt. bottles.

And Dave, the Mity-Vac IS as effective as a gravity drain....
I don't think I mentioned 10-40. I use 0-30 or 10-30, or what ever they have. They are the same stuff. I doubt your engine knows the difference.
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I`ve been looking for years, and have never seen Mobil 1 0W-40 in 5-qt. jugs at Walmart near me, they only have that particular weight in 1-qt. bottles.

And Dave, the Mity-Vac IS as effective as a gravity drain....
I'll look into it because changing oil in the 911 Turbo is a PITA.
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They are the same stuff. I doubt your engine knows the difference.
You are QUITE wrong about that....you obviously haven`t done your homework....

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You are QUITE wrong about that....you obviously haven`t done your homework....

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My engine didn't tell me what it likes. So, I put in what I have. Next oil change will be 10-30 because that's what I have 2 jugs right now. The engine has 137K miles, and it is running strong. No problem with running it at 125 mph (GPS) on I-10 through NM. I didn't want to hit the limiter by going faster.
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I`ve been looking for years, and have never seen Mobil 1 0W-40 in 5-qt. jugs at Walmart near me, they only have that particular weight in 1-qt. bottles.

And Dave, the Mity-Vac IS as effective as a gravity drain....
Although I see the oil cap says casterol I see everyone talking about mobil 1. Which oil and weight is the most agreed upon best oil type and weight.
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Sigh. Mobil 1 0W-40 is the ONLY grade that meets BMW LL-01 spec. It's only been posted 1000's of times here.
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Although I see the oil cap says casterol I see everyone talking about mobil 1. Which oil and weight is the most agreed upon best oil type and weight.
Generally all oils should be equivalent when they have same xxW-xx marking, but some brands are still way better than others.

Bit like with beers.
Can be two brands of beer which are generally same with same X,X%, but everyone who likes beer knows there's always difference, and even then you might get that other sometimes anyway, if it's very much cheaper.

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So again I'm no mechanic jus think it's smart for me to try as early as possibly with this car to do my own maintenance so I was watching this vid and got a little confused by something in the vid because it almost looks like he is wiping down his filter and cleaning it instead of replacing it.

I probably saw things wrong and am on one right now, but you guys are really helpful so I figured id ask.

So far, this Mitty Vac is looking like a positive especially for someone changin there oil 7-8 times a year like I will be doing.
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Sigh. Mobil 1 0W-40 is the ONLY grade that meets BMW LL-01 spec. It's only been posted 1000's of times here.
Lots of other oils out there meet LL-01 specs. Lubrimoly, Total and a few others come to mind. Maybe you meant 0W-40 is the only Mobil 1 to meet LL-01?
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Yes, it's the only grade of Mobil 1 that meets LL-01, not 5W-30 or 0W-30 as mentioned in a previous post.
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So again I'm no mechanic jus think it's smart for me to try as early as possibly with this car to do my own maintenance so I was watching this vid and got a little confused by something in the vid because it almost looks like he is wiping down his filter and cleaning it instead of replacing it.

I probably saw things wrong and am on one right now, but you guys are really helpful so I figured id ask.

So far, this Mitty Vac is looking like a positive especially for someone changin there oil 7-8 times a year like I will be doing.
Do quick starts and stops to see he was wiping the dipstick. He never touched the filter. He was too drunk to think about changing out the filter. The filter box never moved in the vid!
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Do quick starts and stops to see he was wiping the dipstick. He never touched the filter. He was too drunk to think about changing out the filter. The filter box never moved in the vid!
54 seconds in he replaces the filter.
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Do quick starts and stops to see he was wiping the dipstick. He never touched the filter. He was too drunk to think about changing out the filter. The filter box never moved in the vid!
Maybe you should stick to kickin` it Gangnam Style, Dave....seems to be more your area of expertise....
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54 seconds in he replaces the filter.
My BAD!!!!!!!!!!!! I was brain dead for not watching the entire video because I normally change out the filter while the oil is draining out of the crankcase.
There are more than one way of skinning a cat, I'm sure you have heard of that one. I keep things simple. By draining the oil and utilizing the dip in the driveway, I have eliminated the need of the oil extractor and ramps. Of course, you can change the oil/filter the way you want. How long do I intent to keep my car? A long time.
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So far, this Mitty Vac is looking like a positive especially for someone changin there oil 7-8 times a year like I will be doing.
You put over 50k miles per year on your car?
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