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    Oil change

    2008 328xi NAV/Xenon/Winter/ipod 2 year lease 15k miles a year. With 8 months to go I'm at 29k. Due to relocation I don't believe I'll put more than 8k on car which brings me over by about 6k or 7k max. This was my first new car and 2nd BMW. I really like the car but after reading the bit about the oil change at 15k being too modest I don't think I should. I did change the oil at 15k and will change at 30k. Two points:

    - Should I buy the car with the unfortunate oil change history?
    - Would I be able to pay less than the residual (29k)? how much less?



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    If you buy the car you should change oil every 10k

    Always synthetic oil !

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    Re: If you buy the car you should change oil every

    Thanks for the reply, I will probably change the oil @ 8k if I end up buying the car...any suggestions regarding the long term damage/viability of the engine? did I shave off 10k miles from the life of the engine or more like 30k+. Will engine power be an issue later on? I now understand that BMW came up with this oil change every 15k miles so they wouldn't have to cover more than 3 oil changes under the warranty and not because that is what their Engineers recommend (SHAME ON YOU BMWNA).

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    SHAME ON YOU BMWNA - absolutely right

    As soon as maintenance was covered 100 percent: Ta daaa, almost no maintenance is needed any more in your super-durable German-engineered wunderauto. This is a real disservice to the typical customer because most are not mechanically-inclined and believe what the manufacturer tells them. Few remember the days when BMW recommended annual brake fluid and coolant changes.

    There may be a bit of cynical marketing in all of this. Even with minimal maintenance, the car will probably work adequately for 5 or 6 years. By then it typically goes on to "secondary" buyers, who are not the demographic that BMW cares about. But this is counterproductive. These folks eventually become more affluent and remember their bad experience with the used BMW - and turn to Honda or Lexus or Acura when it's time to buy their first new car.

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    time will tell

    I bought my 2006 330xi, first oil change at 18k miles (I drive a lot of highway), and 2nd oil change around 17k more miles. I paid for the 3rd oil change at 5xk miles, now the car has 63k miles. My commute is 80 miles a day, about 60 miles of highway.

    So you don't think this engine will last 120k miles?

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    Engine, yes! Auto trans, maybe!

    Your highway miles are ever so easy on a car. Mine the same.

    If you have an auto trans, do you change the fluid and filter?


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    Engine can last 300K


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    Rarely does the end of life of a car come about

    as as result of the engine giving out. Mostly it'll be body rusting out, general overall beatness, or probably in our case some expensive system not being worth repairing compared to the value of the car at the time.
    I doubt with your less than every 7500 mile oil changes has any meaningful damage been done, especially at the beginning of the life of the engine.
    I'd have no hesitation to buy your car unless you have driven it excessively hard. I'd use a quart of oil flush before the next oil change and then do them with double the factory frequency.

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