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Old 01-14-2020, 08:12 AM
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How to do oil change before the 10K scheduled maintenance?

This may have been asked 1 million times... I was at the dealer last week for the 3rd free maintenance. The mechanic told me BMW only covers the maintenance when the car says a maintenance is due. This makes me curious how can we do oil change before the car says it needs one?

The mechanic said if I get oil change at 5K, I have to pay. That's expected but once the oil change is done, the computer will be reset so the car won't say it needs oil change when it goes 10K miles.

I am sure many people still do oil change every 5K instead of 10K. Can we ask the mechanic not reset the computer after the 5K oil change so the car still will say to get oil change at 10K?
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Old 01-14-2020, 08:22 AM
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If you get the oil change at the dealer and pay for it then it will be on record. They should still honor another oil change 5k later. Otherwise, as long as you use the appropriate oil and filter, by law I believe you are allowed to complete your own oil change without voiding a warranty. You may just need to keep receipts and document it.


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Old 01-14-2020, 08:22 AM
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They'll also change if for free after 12 months. I normally change my oil every 8k miles (5k miles is too short, 10k miles is too long for me). With a 185 mile round trip to the dealer, and me having access to a full automotive shop, I do my own. But, if the car's in for warranty service, I get a free oil change a little early. I don't bother re-setting the oil service indicator. But, during the warranty period, I buy the car's oil and filter at the dealer and save the receipts, just in case there's an engine issue later.
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Old 01-14-2020, 08:25 AM
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Yes the mechanic can skip resetting the interval. Do note OCI also includes 12-month duration.

Another option is to do the 5k oil change at dealer, which should have $90+tax oil change for 4-cyliner F30. Usually there will be coupons in spring/fall that can drop that price to $70 with tax.
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Old 01-14-2020, 08:51 AM
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With a 185 mile round trip to the dealer, and me having access to a full automotive shop, I do my own.
That is a great perk to advertise for recruiting.
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Old 01-28-2020, 09:06 AM
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Or the better options, which I do, is order the 5W-40 LiquiMoly Kit from FCP euro and do the job yourself.
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That is a great perk to advertise for recruiting.
Yeah, military and DoD civil service. Most bases have automotive hobby shops. The one I worked at didn't get a lot of business. So, the guy running it would also fix your car for you for a reasonable cost. Most bases don't do that, because the military exchanges often run on-base gas stations and repair shops.

I get a free gym, too. My base used to have boat rental, but the insurance got to be too much of a hassle and they dropped that.
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Old 02-17-2020, 09:45 AM
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Or the better options, which I do, is order the 5W-40 LiquiMoly Kit from FCP euro and do the job yourself.
As long as we are on the subject of oil changes, does anyone else use FCP Euro for their oil and filters?
Do you return your used filter and oil under their Lifetime warranty?
Just wondering if it's worth the hassle. Kind of makes it a one time purchase price just with a small surcharge for return postage.
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Old 02-17-2020, 02:20 PM
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Just wondering if it's worth the hassle. Kind of makes it a one time purchase price just with a small surcharge for return postage.
Some posters swear by it.

Do note shipping back 5-7 liters(e.g.) of oil weights 15-16 lbs, and costs $40+ to ship UPS/Fedex.

USPS has flat rate large box for $21, but may not fit 7 one-liter bottles+ filter(may fit 5*1L or 5L jug + filter)
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Same with the new brake fluid times. Since they changed "free" to every 3 years, I paid for it at 2 years, asked them not to reset it. Of course the car told me it needed the service for 12 months before I got it done at year 4 paid for by BMW.
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Old 02-18-2020, 10:57 AM
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Same with the new brake fluid times. Since they changed "free" to every 3 years, I paid for it at 2 years, asked them not to reset it. Of course the car told me it needed the service for 12 months before I got it done at year 4 paid for by BMW.
Do note that 3 years is only on factory fill, after the first brake fluid change the interval becomes 2 years again.

The idea here seems to be not 100% fluid can be flushed, so once mostly new fluid is mixed with some old fluid, the interval drops to 2 years.

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I just did my 330I, very simple process. As a long term German car guy, I have mostly always done topside oil changes with a fluid extractor. This whole no oil dipstick on newer BMW's kinda kills that. I bought some ramps and it is still very quick and easy. Cost me about $50 in parts (oil and filter) and took about 30 minutes taking my time.

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