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      02-13-2009, 02:39 PM   #1
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I just hit 15K miles last week, shudn't the car be telling me it's time for service? shud I take it in even if the reminder didn't go off? I was called in just for an oil change around 10k... so what's the deal? thanks
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and/or call the dealer. You can check the service intervals after reading the former.
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I just hit 15K miles last week, shudn't the car be telling me it's time for service? shud I take it in even if the reminder didn't go off? I was called in just for an oil change around 10k... so what's the deal? thanks
This doesn't make much sense to me, so I'm going to try and parse it the best I can.

So you're saying that you went in for an oil change at 10k miles, right? Was this oil change prompted by your onboard computer or did you just feel like going in and paying for your own oil change? Either way, if the tech reset your service interval, your car will not be telling you it's time for another service at 15k miles.

Bigger picture, your service interval is not 15k miles on the dot. It's whatever the computer determines it to be, or one year from your last maintenance, whatever comes first. In addition, different parts have different service intervals. Like kruz said, read your manual. You can also check the service status through your onboard computer.
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its not exactly at 15k, sometimes the car will require an oil change earlier or later depending on the usage, etc... You can also check it on your dash/ idrive, if you don't know how to do that, I suggest you read the manual.
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if you did an oil change early they shouldn't have reset the CBS. Always take the car in when your car's CBS asks you to in order to maintain the warranty
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Ok thanks. I payed for the break-in oil change at around 2k... then I got a call from the dealer sayin my car was due in for an oil change, I had 10k on the car. That's all that's been done. So basically I shudn't do anything until the car tells me...
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if your oil was changed at 10k, then take it in again when your car tells you to. If a year goes by since your 10k oil change and your car still isn't calling for a new oil change, then BMW will do a "low mileage" oil change for you. BMW will change your oil for you at least once per year even if your car isn't calling for it.
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if your oil was changed at 10k, then take it in again when your car tells you to. If a year goes by since your 10k oil change and your car still isn't calling for a new oil change, then BMW will do a "low mileage" oil change for you. BMW will change your oil for you at least once per year even if your car isn't calling for it.
I would check with the dealer on this one...
It's the dealer's discretion to change the oil if the OBC doesn't say to do so. BMW will not cover the costs
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Ok thanks. I payed for the break-in oil change at around 2k... then I got a call from the dealer sayin my car was due in for an oil change, I had 10k on the car. That's all that's been done. So basically I shudn't do anything until the car tells me...
Yeah, just sit tight until the car tells you.
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I would check with the dealer on this one...
It's the dealer's discretion to change the oil if the OBC doesn't say to do so. BMW will not cover the costs
No, this is incorrect. Maintenance is when the OBC tells you or one year, whichever is sooner. There's no discretion involved. This what both my BMW and Mini CA's have told me. I did a 20-second search on-line and was referred to my Service and Warranty pamphlet for more info. Since I'm too lazy to get off my comfy office chair and go to my car, you'll just have to take my word for it.
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Ok thanks. I payed for the break-in oil change at around 2k... then I got a call from the dealer sayin my car was due in for an oil change, I had 10k on the car. That's all that's been done. So basically I shudn't do anything until the car tells me...
Just an FYI - They don't use break-in oil any more so there was no need to change it at 2K. However I did my first oil change myself at 5K but I really didn't need to do it. I just didn't want to wait one year for the first oil change.
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No, this is incorrect. Maintenance is when the OBC tells you or one year, whichever is sooner. There's no discretion involved. This what both my BMW and Mini CA's have told me. I did a 20-second search on-line and was referred to my Service and Warranty pamphlet for more info. Since I'm too lazy to get off my comfy office chair and go to my car, you'll just have to take my word for it.
Are you sure...
The quote I referred to "BMW will change your oil for you at least once per year even if your car isn't calling for it."

I believe it's the first year, not each year subsequent
Now I'm going to have to check my maintenance manual later...
Maybe I'll eat some shoe leather and toe jam later?
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Are you sure...
The quote I referred to "BMW will change your oil for you at least once per year even if your car isn't calling for it."

I believe it's the first year, not each year subsequent
Now I'm going to have to check my maintenance manual later...
Maybe I'll eat some shoe leather and toe jam later?
Yeah, I'm absolutely 100% sure. The reason is that neither my wife (who drives the Mini) or I plan on driving 15k a year in either car. I paid very close attention and even asked follow up questions to be sure that BMW will change the oil once per year for the four years of free scheduled maintenance.
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When the car first turns on it will show you a reading of how many miles you have until it is time for oil.
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Are you sure...
The quote I referred to "BMW will change your oil for you at least once per year even if your car isn't calling for it."

I believe it's the first year, not each year subsequent
Now I'm going to have to check my maintenance manual later...
Maybe I'll eat some shoe leather and toe jam later?
I was told by my dealer that BMW will cover the cost of an oil whenever the OBC calls for it or at least once per year under what is called "low mileage oil change". I'd be interested to find out if the OBC will ever call for an oil change more than once in a year. I highly doubt it since BMW is paying for it.
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Yeah, I'm absolutely 100% sure. The reason is that neither my wife (who drives the Mini) or I plan on driving 15k a year in either car. I paid very close attention and even asked follow up questions to be sure that BMW will change the oil once per year for the four years of free scheduled maintenance.
This is exactly the same question I asked and is also the main reason I declined to go with the extended maintenance program....because I'll likely only get two oil changes out of it during the two years of the program unless brakes are needed. I didn't want to spend $1600 on two oil changes, so I passed.
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I was told by my dealer that BMW will cover the cost of an oil whenever the OBC calls for it or at least once per year under what is called "low mileage oil change". I'd be interested to find out if the OBC will ever call for an oil change more than once in a year. I highly doubt it since BMW is paying for it.
If you drive > 30k miles a year, I'm sure you could get more than one free oil change; however, you'd be out of miles for the free maintenance within a year and half, so it all evens out really.

If you laugh that someone can drive that kind mileage per year, when I drove a Honda Accord, I had a 65+ mile commute each way to work (I was young, work beckoned, etc.). Driving that much, plus to parties and whatnot on weekends, I racked up 25k miles my first year of owning the car. I eventually passed to my family for their throwaround car five years later. It had 150k miles on it. My dad is still driving it around with > 250k miles on it. Crazy, just crazy.
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I was told by my dealer that BMW will cover the cost of an oil whenever the OBC calls for it or at least once per year under what is called "low mileage oil change". I'd be interested to find out if the OBC will ever call for an oil change more than once in a year. I highly doubt it since BMW is paying for it.
It should if you drive it a lot.
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