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      04-21-2006, 09:24 PM   #1
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Service interval based on oil state or driving habits?

I read on some thread on here that the E90 monitors oil state and driving patterns and adjusts the miles to next oil change accordingly.

I got my first oil change at 4200 miles. My service indicator is showing the next oil change to be at 12,000 miles (another 1000).

So I'm wondering if I just drive it too hard because I can't have contaminated the oil so quickly.

I generally don't drive it too hard except for the occasional on-ramp spirited merge, traffic light launch etc.
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      04-21-2006, 09:50 PM   #2
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how did you get it to read that you'd need an oil change at 12,000

mine didn't request it till 17000 miles and I didn't get a break in oil change
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From what I gathered on previous threads, the service interval is based solely on how much fuel is consumed (660 gallons to be exact).

So, if you drive like a nut and burn up fuel like crazy (eg. lots of track time), you'll be looking at an early oilchange. And if you drive like a grandma or on lots of highways, your oilchange will be longer than usual.
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i used to think or was told once by some bmw technician that 'lead foot , burn rubber 'drivers need more regular oil change-= computer signal comes on at more frequent intervals.
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      04-21-2006, 11:09 PM   #5
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just change your oil every 5,000 miles.....

then you don't have to worry about some computer telling you when it's time....
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      04-21-2006, 11:10 PM   #6
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i used to think or was told once by some bmw technician that 'lead foot , burn rubber 'drivers need more regular oil change-= computer signal comes on at more frequent intervals.
That is correct. When I went to get my recall done, the head technician of the green team was telling me that i had like 18k miles before my first oil change, and he was saying that I was doing mostly highway driving, which was very true.
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