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Old 11-03-2019, 01:26 AM
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Feature to let you know when to change oil

I used to have Z4 and it has a feature to let me know when to bring my car in for service/oil change. It displayed a message or make noise so I know. I don't have to keep track of mileage.

Does Z3 have that feature too?
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Old 11-03-2019, 05:10 AM
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I used to have Z4 and it has a feature to let me know when to bring my car in for service/oil change... Does Z3 have that feature too?
It has a Service Interval display, a series of colored bars below the odometer:
https://www.pelicanparts.com/BMW/tec..._Explained.htm
The green LEDs go out from left to right as the miles accumulate. In my driving, it takes about 2500 miles for the first LED to go out. At that rate it would take 10,000 miles for all of the green LEDs to go out and the orange LED to come on. But it takes me a year to go 2500 miles, so I change then.

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Old 11-07-2019, 12:20 PM
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Mine is nearing a change according to the colored display. Is there an easy DIY reset procedure, or do you need INPA, etc?
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Old 11-07-2019, 02:57 PM
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It can be reset with a paperclip. Here's the fancy DIY version from one of the Z3 gods. http://www.unofficialbmw.com/e36/ele...ce_lights.html
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Old 11-07-2019, 05:10 PM
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Mine is nearing a change according to the colored display...
That depends on how many bars are out. Have they almost all gone out? How many miles did that take? Mine is 2500 miles per bar. Do you like going that long between a change?

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... Is there an easy DIY reset procedure, or do you need INPA, etc?
You don't need INPA.

You can do it with a paper clip if you are careful. If you are not, then:
http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...7-Am-I-screwed
http://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/sh...7#post29489257

I use this cheap, foolproof, easy to use tool:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Sockets-Oil...wAAOSwHaddqBV3

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Old 11-11-2019, 10:34 AM
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Thanks @vintage42 - I believe only one yellow and the red bars are lit, indicated oil is nearing end of life. I have only put 4000 miles on the car since I purchased. Dealership last changed oil for previous owner.

I went ahead and ordered the eBay 20-pin reset tool you linked. Very inexpensive solution, thanks again.
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Old 11-12-2019, 07:44 AM
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... I believe only one yellow and the red bars are lit, indicated oil is nearing end of life. I have only put 4000 miles on the car since I purchased. Dealership last changed oil for previous owner....
If that is saying that all the green bars are out in 4000 miles, it would only be possible if one or maybe two oil changes were done without resetting the indicator.
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