The complete automotive resource for buyers, sellers, and owners like you.
Car, Truck and SUV Forums at Roadfly
+ Bentley Forums
+ BMW Forums
+ Cadillac Forums
+ Chevrolet Forums
+ Ferrari Forums
+ Jaguar Forums
+ Lamborghini Forums
+ Lotus Forums
+ Mercedes-Benz Forums
+ Maserati Forums
+ MINI Forums
+ Porsche Forums
+ General Discussion
+ Marketplace Forums
Re: The oil change debate (archive)

[ Follow Ups ] [ 5-series (E39) Message Board ] [ Msg. Board FAQ ]

Posted by BudH on July 07, 2000 at 09:13:46:

In Reply to: The oil change debate posted by DM on July 07, 2000 at 05:03:32:

I have heard that the Audi/VW use the break-in oil, but that BMW does not.

I have also heard that the BMW oil-filter will not last 15K miles. It breaks down around 10K and then the filter particles will jam the smaller oil feeders to the VANOS, etc.

There is a Service Bulletin for this that describes an updated/upgraded filter. See the arcives.

I plan to change mine out at 5K - 7.5K regardless.

'00 540iA
Aspen Silver/Gray
2100 miles and lovin' it!

: I had an Audi a few years ago and oil changes spawned quite a few debates on the message boards. A few things in particular stand out in my memory:

: - The engineers know what they're doing, so don't mess with it - change the oil when it tells you to.
: - Definately don't change it the first time before 7500 miles, since they ship them from the factory with a special "break-in" oil to further hone the cylinders (never heard of this before).

: - No way a filter can function properly after 10,000 miles.

: I'm sure BMW's engineering is quite different from Audi's, but any comments on these points? Are any of them applicable?

: I would also like to know what the best oil-changing strategy is - don't want to change it every 10k miles and then have to replace the motor at 80 or 100.

Follow Ups:

[ Follow Ups ] [ 5-series (E39) Message Board ] [ Msg. Board FAQ ]
Questions, comments, or problems, please visit the Roadfly help desk. Logo © 1997 - 2018 Jump Internet Inc. All rights reserved.