Posted by Steve on November 12, 1998 at 15:35:55:
In Reply to: Re: Jeff, Oil Change Frequency posted by jeff on November 12, 1998 at 13:42:08:
I have a great dealer to use here in CT. It's County Line BMW in Watertown CT. I bought my 1998 E36 there. A few of their service techs race BMWs as well and they proudly display their Lime Rock trophys in the showrooms. One of the service guys has a beautiful 2002.
1) They understand "car people" and changed the oil as I requested (at 2000 miles). It's nothing new to them. They pointed out that this change had to be paid for by me (about $50.00) and was not part of the "scheduled free oil changes". They also checked the air in my tires and all fluid levels (and they really do, I watched).
2) No they don't reset the service lite but they DO log the oil change in the customer BMW Maintenance log booklet (that comes with the car).
BTW Do you think the doughnuts I always bring them (in the AM) makes a difference :-)
: Two questions:
: 1) how did the service department handle it when you took the car in: did the argue that you didn't need to bring it in for another 13k miles?
: 2) Did they reset the service interval lights?
: -- jeff
: : I had the factory oil changed (first change) at 2000 miles. It still looked clean (clear) on the dipstick though. I had them put in BMW 5W 40 synthetic. I'll be changing it every 3000 miles or so now.
: : Steve
: : : The statement that the car "does not" to be broken into is "insane" to me. These are delicate cars and thus even more the reason, to baby them until it is time to take them out of the crib and in the ballpark!
: : : I also want to make sure I don't "abuse" my engine before it is time. The information of under how many RPM's, max speed in break-in period, oil change frequency, and other hints would be helpful for Jeff and I.
: : : Thanks in advance.
: : : Alex