Originally Posted by Kodak
Below is some info that might assist you regarding the oil changes.[/b]
"BMW mandates a low mileage oil change after 1 year in service.
i would check with another dealer....there's an SIB for it:
BMW issued SI 00 04 01 on October 25, 2001 to
clarify the oil change situation for low annual mileage owners.
“A limited number of BMW owners accumulate very
low mileage on their BMWs annually, in some situations insufficient for the
Service Interval Indicator System to call for an Oil Service or Inspection.
However, all BMWs should have an engine oil change at a minimum of once a year,
regardless of whether synthetic or petroleum-based oil is used.”
As a part of the BMW Maintenance Program your
dealer should perform the annual oil service and update/stamp the Service and
Warranty Information Statement but SHOULD NOT RE-SET THE SERVICE INDICATOR
If your driving pattern remains constant (i.e.,
low mileage) the Service Interval Indicator System will under most circumstances
( i.e., excluding really low annual mileages) call for an Oil Service within the
next 12 months at which time your BMW Center’s service department should perform
the oil service (including oil filter replacement), update/stamp the Service and
Warranty Information Statement and RE-SET THE SERVICE INDICATOR SYSTEM.
If the annual oil service occurs within 60 days
of the time when the Service Indicator System would call for an Oil Service or
Inspection, then the upcoming service should be performed and the Service
Indicator System reset.
In situations where you request a more frequent
oil service (at your own expense) than as called for by the Service Interval
Indicator System, the same logic applies – your dealer should not reset the
Service Indicator System until the maintenance is performed that is called for
by the System. This is especially critical for vehicles still covered by the BMW
Maintenance Program. "
Please see your BMW Center’s service department
for more details or questions.
This info is helpful and probably explains what's happening to me but it still doesn't make sense....
Within the last week, the Service Indicator on the OBC would come on whenever I started the car. I basically ignored it since it has only been 9 months, 5500 miles since my last oil change. Obviously, they didn't reset the system on the last oil change. Last night the Service Engine Soon idiot light came on, which I wasn't expecting. I called my Service Center and even though I told them the short mileage/time since the last oil change, they said to bring it in.
It seems wasteful to perform another oil change at this time and I was planning to wait until it was a year since the last one. On my wife's Acura, you can reset the Service Indicator light yourself, but unfortunately, BMW thinks that their customers aren't smart enough to maintain their vehicles properly and hit you with warnings that you can't overide without bringing the car in or buying the reset tool.
At least I'll get to drive a loaner for a day in 2 weeks, that's the earliest appointment with a loaner that was available. Good thing there isn't an idiot light that says "Service Engine Immediately"....