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      12-20-2016, 12:04 AM   #1
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Can I tell when my car last had an oil change?

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I don't have iDrive.

I think there's a way to tell with the BC stalk but not real sure.

I bought the car 3 months ago so I don't know what's been done to it previously.
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      12-20-2016, 12:10 AM   #2
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I would try to get dealer or carfax history.
You can read the mileage till next due but that's
based on BMW's inflated free maintenance schedule.
I would change it for peace of mind .
And do not go to some place like Jiffy Lube if you
don't want your car screwed up.
Find a good independent BMW only shop.
Or do the change yourself after having carefully read
as many DIY's as possible.
Also I believe it tells you miles remaining every time you start the car.
Do you have a car manual.
It will tell you how to read the service info.
If you don't you can download one at BMWusa.com

http://www.bmwusa.com/search.aspx?q=manuals

or

https://www.bmwsections.com/docs/3series/

to get the one without idrive
hit bc stalk outer button use up and selector on
bc to get to service info hit button on end of stalk
use up and down button to get to the type
of service info you want to look at.
I think that is the way it goes.

Last edited by ctuna; 12-20-2016 at 12:46 AM.
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      12-20-2016, 12:55 AM   #3
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To be safe, I would just get a oil change. The BMW dealer by me, has a value deal on oil changes. It's something like $79.00.
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      12-20-2016, 01:33 AM   #4
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you can open the oil filler cap and inspect oil around the rubber ring. (smell, colour on tissue)
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      12-20-2016, 01:16 PM   #5
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In iDrive it will give you estimated miles and a date when your next oil change is due. The date will be two years since the last change. So if the BC shows a date, then subtract two years and that is when the oil was changed. There's not a way to tell the mileage when it was changed by the BC or iDrive.

A dealer can read your key and tell you when an oil change is due. Again, it will be two years from the last change.

Of course, this assumes that the oil change monitor was manually reset when the oil was changed (the monitor has no way of automatically knowing when the oil was changed). I suppose there's a possibility that someone reset it without actually changing the oil. But assuming it was properly reset, the monitor will keep track of your oil life for you and tell you when to change it.

Also, while the computer is programmed for a two year interval, BMW actually recommends changing your oil at least once a year, regardless if the indicator has gone off. There is a hack to fix this (at least on my CCC iDrive E90): Set the date to one year in the past, reset the oil monitor, then set the date back to today. It will then give you a one year oil change interval.
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      12-20-2016, 02:22 PM   #6
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+1 to patents' explanation. And to find this info via your OBC stalk, see "Service Requirements " in your owner's manual. And if you don't have the manual, it can be downloaded from the BMWUSA website.

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      12-20-2016, 05:59 PM   #7
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put a big drop on your finger and taste it. If it tastes like maple syrop you are good - still fresh.. more of a whisy or tequila smoke flavor then it needs a change
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      12-20-2016, 06:09 PM   #8
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I would get the oil changed using BMW LL-01 spec oil and a BMW oil filter or Mann (brand) oil filter (HU-816). Baseline the oil service interval by resetting oil CBS. Then you can either follow the CBS schedule or one of your choosing. Most aftermarket oil filters for the N52 or N54/55 engine do not properly fit the oil filter housing. Mann is the BMW oil filter original equipment manufacturer (OEM). Do not use anything but BMW LL-01 spec oil and a Mann filter.
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