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How tricky is an oil change on a BMW? (archive)

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Posted by Tim H. on March 28, 2000 at 11:44:52:

I'm sure this topic has come up before, I just don't recall seeing it, so I'm asking again. Don't beat me mercilessly. :)

I am however wondering if changing the oil in a BMW is any more involved than on a 350 smallblock based chevy. There any special things to know about how to jack it up, procedure for getting it to drain, anything about the filers? I know you need a reset tool to make that annoying light go out if you don't take it to the dealer. I am writing this under the assumption that taking a BMW to a quickie lube is about as smart as taking it to those valet guys in Ferris Bueler's Day Off. If I'm wrong, please correct me.

Also, should I be using synthetic? I've heard about many advantages to synthetic such as making older cars run a bit cooler and overheat less, but it does cost more and my dad seems to recall that it eats away something in certain cars.. said he saw an article but doesn't remember details. Can anyone confirm or rebuke this? If it is indeed worth the extra cost, you can be sure it'll be in my engine, just like the premium gas.

So if you guys aren't sick of me already, I'd like to know what everyone knows or has experienced with this. Thanks. :)

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