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whatever you feel might be oft discussed topics. These go back many years.
BMW dealers might say much to buffalo you into subjecting yourself into using their high priced services only. This one is easy enough to circumvent. Ask your independent service to tell you what brand filter they use and ask to see the box it came in. It is true that originally BMW filters tended to disintegrate when pushed to their recommended 15K miles oil changes. Most here shudder at the thought of letting their oil go unchanged for that long. Change you oil at least every 7500 miles if you believe us!
Mann or Fram filters are among those that are the acceptable brand names. Can't think of the other names now.
BMW also specs a higher standard synthetic oil than most indy's will use too. But again if you follow more frequent changes than the above mentioned 15K mile changes, you'll do OK with their synthetic oil.
Answer all your questions?
Now just tell me you have a manual trans in your car and I'll be super impressed!
all oil changes not equal
your motor requirements = BMW Synthetic(made by Castrol) 5w/30 oil
or Mobil 1 synthetic 0w/40 oil
with the correct synthetic long life filtering material (buy at BMW)
which will not breakdown during long mile/time oil change intervals
change oil and filter every 6-months or every 5,000 miles max
in colder climates sludge and carbon clog the crankcase
vent valve system causing serious motor damage!
carbon also causes failure of your motors VANOS valve timing
units - so keeping the inside of the motor CLEAN is important
a BMW Dealer is going to replace the important oil drain plug
o-ring every time and not over tighten the plug.
Failure to replace the drain plug o-ring will result in damaged
striped threads in the oil pan. Don't ask how expensive that
error is to correct!
if your car has an Automatic Transmission?,
and has greater than 30,000 miles? - have a BMW dealer
replace the special Auto Trans oil and filter for
long term reliability.
Have the brake fluid fluded every year
have the rear diff oil changed today, and
the front diff with transfer case oils changed if it's
a 325xi (all wheel drive) model
have the gas filter replaced today
I think those oil filters were improved and the
OEM BMW filters are fine for long term service...not that I recommend the long interval.
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Completely agree, the problem was resolved a long
while ago. That's why I used the word "originally".
Re: I think those oil filters were improved and the
The nearest BMW dealer to me gets $120 for an oil change. I buy all the materials from them and can do the change for $60. Whatever you deicide to use for oil, buy the BMW oil from the dealership, it's what they guarentee for themselves for the 15k mile interval. Don't go that long, go about 7500 miles between changes. BMW oil is basically European Spec Castrol 5w30. If you use another brand use the Castrol. The 330 engine takes 8 quarts. The dealership also uses MANN filters, if you buy the filter from the dealership, it comes with a new o-ring and crush washer for the drainplug.
7qts. non-X . . . 8qts. with X drive models
the engine oil pan has larger capacity
on all wheel drive models