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      04-09-2013, 04:55 PM   #23
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Any fully synthetic with BMW LL-01 certified or approved oil should be all right
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      04-10-2013, 04:22 PM   #24
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It's simple... takes 30 min. I like doing things like that myself. I really don't like to let others touch any of my cars unless I'm standing over them. Too many horror stories of people unaware of what goes on during services. Plus, I pay people to do the things I cannot do myself, not the things I can easily do.
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      04-10-2013, 06:03 PM   #25
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I'd say Oil change is pretty basic as far as maintenance goes.

With the 335's they make it pretty fool proof.

Oil Filter on top (need that tool).
Special trap door for the oil drain.

It takes me more time to pour the 7 quarts into the engine than it does for me to get it up in the air, drain it and change the filter and o-rings.
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      04-10-2013, 06:06 PM   #26
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Always DIY'd myself. Fun quick and simple. Also probably one of the most important and essential maintenance. I overkill it a litte bit by changing <6k miles xD
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      04-10-2013, 07:18 PM   #27
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how much do you guys end up actually putting back into the motor?

I know its somewhere between 6 and 7 quarts but I hate the fact there's no dipstick and u have to depend on a sensor for the level.
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      04-10-2013, 09:38 PM   #28
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Put all 7 quarts in.
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      04-11-2013, 02:41 AM   #29
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Is Mobil 1 better than the BMW OEM brand?
M1 0W40 is better than the OEM oil, but not by much. I buy oil in bulk on sale, so I have about 20qts of M1 0W40 for around $5 a quart, and 30qts of Castrol 0W30 for around $5 a quart

my local auto parts stores will also dispose of my old oil and filter for free.

end cost is about 1hr and $50 from start to finish including cleanup, and I know I do a better job than any dealer or oil change shop would (suction out old fluid from filter housing, flush a quart through filter housing, drain for 30 mins, use torque wrench on drain bolt)

that being said, on any non turbo or M bmw, the dealer oil is just fine, and they do all the work, and charge between $70 and $80 (or free with MP), so that really is not a bad option, especially if dont have a garage you can do the work in, dont have ramps, or dont want to mess with it
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      04-11-2013, 03:42 PM   #30
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Does anyone has a full detail oil change video for E92 posted on youtube? I couldn't find one.
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      04-11-2013, 03:55 PM   #31
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funny I'd see this post today.. I was talking to my dude yesterday and he said a full synthetic oil change is $180... dafaq?
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      04-11-2013, 05:20 PM   #32
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did this for the first time yesterday. Simple really. Fresh oil in the car is so good! I used 0w30 castrol llo4 this time in stead of 5w30.
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      04-11-2013, 09:29 PM   #33
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Im not sure if your being a smart ass or not but your essentially saving 3.00. You have to dispose of your own oil as well and get dirty.
Stayed on the tit a bit too long, huh? LOL
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      04-14-2013, 02:15 PM   #34
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Local dealer here charges CDN$120 (have my first appointment next month). But, a friend who owns a Quattro pointed me to a DIY video on youtube for the E90 oil change and proceeded to lambaste me for *not* doing it myself.

I'm not that handy, but must admit it does look pretty easy.

Maybe in the future.
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      04-14-2013, 02:32 PM   #35
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I do mine super easy. Dealer up here charges 130.00
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Pay the dealer to do it while I sip coffee and BS with some of the sales guys. I used to change my own oil in high school, that was almost 20 years ago. Never run when you can walk, never walk when you can stand, never stand when you can sit, never sit when you can lay down, never change the oil when you can pay someone to do it for you.

There are people turn wrenches for a living, I am not one of them.

As for the horror stories...I have an SUV with 100k miles that I've always taken to Jiffy Lube or Valvoline, 10 minute oil change type places. Never a hiccup with the vehicle, it's been one of the most reliable I've ever owned.

I've also owned several motorcycles which have much higher revving engines than a car. I ran a Yamaha for 20K miles of HARD riding on Walmart no name brand oil. Trackdays, canyon rides, etc.
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Always change my own oil and do anything else that I can figure out for myself. Why pay someone else when you can do it yourself.
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      04-15-2013, 12:39 AM   #38
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Oil change at home, its pretty cheap if you stock up on the Mobil 1 0w-40

Options -
Walmart - Mobile 1 0w-40 usually 6.60 - 6.90 per Qrt or $26 per 5qrt (Usually out of stock). Possibly cheaper or more expensive depending on location.

Amazon - $50 for 6 qrt pack with $12 - $15 mail in rebate from Mobil 1. So around 6.30+ a qrt

Autozone/advance auto/pepboys etc - $8.99 - $9.50 most expensive method but you can add up your points on card and get discounts etc.

Mann filter / BMW filter $8 - $10

Dealership $79.99 plus 2 hour wait and chance for them to snoop around under the hood (I have the AA tune but CPO warranty so won't risk) vs Walmart/amazon $40 - $60 depending on deals you could get, beer and less than 1 hour of work. :]
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      04-16-2013, 02:06 PM   #39
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I do. It's very easy, easier than on a Toyota in fact. I use the BMW synthetic 5-30 oil sold at the dealer (or other retailers) and know where to get German made oil change kits for less than half what the dealer charges.
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I change my own. Easy. About 45 dollars if you buy oil and filters on sale. Closest dealer is a half hour away, avoiding them saves me time.
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      04-19-2013, 12:49 PM   #41
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Its 79.99 at my dealership. It ends up being exactly that or more for an oil change for me myself.
I do it myself because I bought supplies in bulk, but in restrospect, it makes no sense. Oil cost almost the price of the dealer oil change in its own.
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      04-20-2013, 07:55 AM   #42
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I started doing my own after the free maintenance was up. One high mileage and one low mileage '08 E90s in the house.

Both got bulk oil at the dealer, said so on the receipt with a part number. I'm not sure if that is really BMW oil. (I should check somewhere like getbmwparts whether that is a valid part number.)

The one with high mileage was fine.

The one with low mileage:

I found the drain plug was not tightened, and I could loosen it with my fingers. Oil was/is dripping out around the under panels. The oil change increment was at three. I had to increment it twice to get it to what it should have been. I can't help but wonder if they didn't change the oil one time or just didn't reset the service indicator. Decided to stop going to that dealer...
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      04-21-2013, 06:29 PM   #43
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With dealers charging only $80 to change, I think the main reason most people DIY, is to have the peace of mind that the service is done correctly themselves.
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I have extended maintenance. However, since they change it every 15-17k miles, I decide to do it halfway and let them do the free one. Besides, it's always better to do it yourself. You get to know your car a little better and you know that the oil change was done correctly.
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