Rolled 5k miles on the new 335 Xdrive (2012) and deemed it time for the first oil change--pre computer saying so (which apparently isn't until 14k miles). In the future, I will swap the filter out every 3k, add a bit of fresh oil, and let the synthetic oil run it's full course mileage-wise.
I started by setting up the 12,000# Rhinoramps (I wanted the 12,000 model so wider tires would easily fit) and then bracing the front of them against the wall, on the second attempt
. The good thing is, the Xdrive is high enough that the front lip didn't hit the ramps as they slid out under the tires. I paid about $50 shipped from Advanced Auto...
Grabbed the 17mm socket and the drain plugged loosened right up. While that was draining, I unscrewed the oiler filler cap and oil filter housing cap.
There is lots of talk about the oil filter housing cap being cranked on by Zeus, but I found mine to loosen right off with my rubber oil filter wrench.
I probably could have loosened it by hand. Big thing to watch is the green mark on the side of this cap. Make sure the two meet back up after you install the filter and screw the cap back on.
While draining, I replaced the old filter and both rubber gaskets (which come with the new filter).
I wiped the drain plug area off and screwed in the Fumoto valve. Perfect fit.
Sadly, I put in 1 quart of oil prior to pulling the drain pan out and noticing that the old brass washer/gasket wasn't in the pan.
So, before reinstalling your drain plug or the new Fumoto valve, make sure the old brass washer is not stuck to your oil pan. I have a little pickset I used to pop it off. Reinstalled the Fumoto valve with the 17mm open end wrench, tightened her up, and closed the plastic cover.
Added 6.5 quarts of BMW oil and all was good in the world.
Also, there's been some talk about how to jack up the N55 so you can use the outside jack points (behind the front tires) for jack stands. About dead center and 30" aft of the front bumper, there is a jack point. There is no cover over this. Here's what it looks like.