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      05-03-2011, 12:21 PM   #1
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How often should I change my oil?

I have a 2011 328i and i feel that the oil change schedules BMW has laid out are too far apart. Does anyone change their oil in between BMW's scheduled maintenance? If so how long till I do an intermediate oil change? 6K miles? 8K miles? Also, if I plan on doing intermediate oil changes, would I have to tell the car mechanic not reset my oil change schedule? Would BMW void my maintenance warranty if they found out?

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A lot of people plan on changing in between the 15k alloted segments of the free maintenance period. Meaning around 7-8K.
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      05-03-2011, 01:16 PM   #3
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I have a new 2011 E93 and had the same question. I plan on changing it myself at 7500 and every 7500 miles between the BMW 15K mile changes.

My big question is do I wait till 7500 miles for the 1st change or do one earlier?
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what i do is go in every 7,500 miles and that way every other oil change is free. just on the one you pay for tell them NOT to reset the computer
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what i do is go in every 7,500 miles and that way every other oil change is free. just on the one you pay for tell them NOT to reset the computer
same here.
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I have a 2011 328i and i feel that the oil change schedules BMW has laid out are too far apart. Does anyone change their oil in between BMW's scheduled maintenance? If so how long till I do an intermediate oil change? 6K miles? 8K miles? Also, if I plan on doing intermediate oil changes, would I have to tell the car mechanic not reset my oil change schedule? Would BMW void my maintenance warranty if they found out?

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what is the average price you guys pay for an oil change???
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On that engine I would not hesistate to go the full interval
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On that engine I would not hesistate to go the full interval
even if i drive like 1500-1600 miles per month?
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what is the average price you guys pay for an oil change???
My dealer generally charges about $105 with an occasional coupon for an $80 change (make sure you ask for an "Interim Oil change", not a complete Oil Service). Since DIY is $65 for the parts, I gladly pay $15 or even $40 to avoid the hassle and get a good car wash in the bargain.

And the dealer will normally not reset the countdown so the next free change is not delayed.

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even if i drive like 1500-1600 miles per month?
Yes.
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      05-04-2011, 02:34 PM   #13
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I've been doing mine every 8K miles.

Since I'm in Europe, the dealer uses a BMW-LL04 oil (Castrol SLX 0W40). The oil changes cost about 230 Euros per (ouch!).

I have my second oil change 31 May. I've already requested a sample so that I can send it to blackstone--I'm really curious to see the results.
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$140 in Toronto. Change every 12000kms
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The car tells you when it needs it. Either when its do or once a year, if you dont drive 15k a year(which is my case)
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I've been doing mine every 8K miles.

Since I'm in Europe, the dealer uses a BMW-LL04 oil (Castrol SLX 0W40). The oil changes cost about 230 Euros per (ouch!).

I have my second oil change 31 May. I've already requested a sample so that I can send it to blackstone--I'm really curious to see the results.
I predict they will tell you 10,000 miles.
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