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