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      07-26-2012, 05:51 PM   #1
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DIY oil change

Any warranty concerns? I still have 1 1/2 yrs. of extended warranty, and I'm figuring on new turbos at some point. Any prob. if I DIY my oil? I want to because I'm tired of dealerships, bait and switch, etc., and I want to know it was done right.

This is my 3rd new car, and on all 3, I always let the dealerships change the oil under warranty. Is it safe to stop following this philosophy? Thanks.
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      07-26-2012, 06:32 PM   #2
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should have no affect!

but keep in mind, depending how much you save, most dealerships have a 80 dollar special you might wanna think about. i paid about 70 bucks for 7 quarts and a oil filter. next time im letting them do it.
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      07-26-2012, 06:34 PM   #3
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Yea, there are so many deals and coupons out there you'll end up paying the same amount and busting your ass.
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Yea, there are so many deals and coupons out there you'll end up paying the same amount and busting your ass.
But at least he will know that the oil was really changed. I change my own.
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I always do it myself and never had any warranty issues
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But at least he will know that the oil was really changed. I change my own.
Are you suggesting that some dealerships actually don't change the oil? I've always worried about this...
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Are you suggesting that some dealerships actually don't change the oil? I've always worried about this...
Watch this video. There's a lot more like this on You Tube.
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So how can we make sure our oil was indeed changed? I wish we had a dipstick, at least then I could tell if the oil looked any different.
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      07-26-2012, 07:51 PM   #9
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So how can we make sure our oil was indeed changed? I wish we had a dipstick, at least then I could tell if the oil looked any different.
when you get home drain your oil to see if its dirty lol
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So how can we make sure our oil was indeed changed? I wish we had a dipstick, at least then I could tell if the oil looked any different.
mark the drain plug and oil filter cap...see if they touched it
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I did an annual oil change under the new car warranty however it was a very low mileage oil change. Only thing I saw that may indicate that they changed it was a couple of oil drops on the plastic engine cover. However, that could have been them just topping it off. My local dealer has a huge glass window that you can watch the techs work so it's easy for me to verify. If it didn't have that I'd probably do it myself.
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Watch this video. There's a lot more like this on You Tube.
I can't believe what I just watched. That's so embarrassing.
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I can't believe what I just watched. That's so embarrassing.

And worrying....
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Oh my god.... Really takes the credibility out of every major chain I've services any of my prior cars at..
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Are you suggesting that some dealerships actually don't change the oil? I've always worried about this...
It's tough to verify because there's no dipstick, and even if you were to mark the filter cover with a dot, the tech may very well legitimately return the cover to the same position when he retightens it. With other cars you can mark the filter or just check the color of the oil with the dipstick.
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I was thinking I'd keep my receipt if I order from getbmwparts, and then document the mileage. Just don't want to have anyone say turbos failed due to missed oil change or something crazy. And it's true, often today, the price of DIY is higher than the "$57.95" coupon. But I can probably do it faster than to go to the dealership, get a loaner, etc. blah blah blah

We'll see....
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