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Change the Oil More Often!!!... (archive)

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Posted by Mike on July 07, 2000 at 22:26:19:

In Reply to: oil change posted by jay gans on July 06, 2000 at 23:29:50:

Let's face it, we are paying (mostly) 45K+ for these cars. There is endless folklore about when to change the oil, driven by the car company engineers, marketing people, oil companies, garage mechanics, etc., little of which is the same. Most of us grew up learning to change our oil/filter every 3000 miles or less. That was then, this is now, with better engines, filters, oil, etc.; however, the new "follow the lights" systems are causing many of us to run a year or 10K+ miles between changes. Almost no one disputes that if you go the full "lights" interval between changes you are going to have dirty oil and filter at the end. If your car is not that important (then why did you buy a BMW?) and if you sell it after a few years, it probably doesn't matter to you - BUT - for all of the rest of us, change your oil more often. A couple of reasons: 1) it's cheap (how much did you pay for your car?), around 30 bucks or so for oil/filter, 2) it ends any personal worry you have about whether or not your oil/filter will "really" last 10K miles, and 3) your car deserves it and you won't hurt it by doing so - and you may really help extend its life/value. It is incredible to me that this subject is so hotly debated on this board. Do we argue about how often to wash our cars to preserve the finish? A simple, and fairly inexpensive "compromise" on the oil issue is to change oil/filter around the "mid point" of the lights (approx middle of light nr. 3 or about 5K miles), but NOT reset the lights, so as to preserve the normal maintenance schedules. Doesn't cost much, gives peace of mind, and doesn't get into some chemical hair-splitting argument about how long oil will last (and whether the marketing people or engineers were right).

: my new y2k 528 5speed , has 3000 miles on it now,the dealer says do not change oil until the green lights goes to yellow.
: the car is shipped with synthetic oil. I think I wanbt to cahnge the oil at 5k, and not have oil service lights reset
: any thoughts from you owners with more experience than me?

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