Posted by Joseph on March 01, 1999 at 15:50:58:
In Reply to: Every 5k miles posted by Jack on March 01, 1999 at 14:20:25:
Thank you for your input. I also plan to keep this car for as long as it runs! But 70 dollar oil changes seem to be a bit too much. I also thought about doing it myself, but being a first time BMW owner, I am puzzled with all the electronic stuff in this car. Do you do oil change yourself? Mobile 1 syn oil? reset key?
: I'm planning on changing my oil every 5k miles (which for me is every 5 weeks). I will do the first change this weekend at roughly 2k, and then the next one in a few weeks when it reach 5k. then after that, it will be at 10k/15k/20k (every 5k).
: I think changing it frequently is cheap insurance to ensure the car will run well for a long time.
: If you don't keep your car for more then 2 or 3 years then you don't really need to change that often (unless you want to make sure the next owner will get a nice car).
: I plan to keep mine for 200k to 300k miles so I will change it often.
: : To you all E46 owners,
: : Do you all go by the service interval indicator or go by mileages driven?
: : I've seen a few people changing oil after 3000 miles even though it's "long life oil". Dealer also told me to change oil more frequent than the indicator says! but the owner manual says that you only need to change oil when the indicator says so.
: : What do you say?
: : Thank you all for sharing......