Last post on May 24, 2012 at 9:01 PM
You are in the BMW 3-Series
What is this discussion about?
BMW 3 Series, Engine, Oil, Sedan, Wagon
#159 of 260 Re: Oil Changes [carnaught]
Aug 30, 2007 (5:41 pm)
The dealer is lying to you. Who do you trust - a dealer who wants to make money off an out-of-warranty oil change - or a manufacturer that wants to protect their brand?
Who loses by you getting an early oil change? You lose cash/time, the dealer makes extra money and BMW is none-the-wiser of the dealer's duplicity. Who loses if you don't get the extra-undeeded oil change? The dealer loses extra money.
BMW has a multi-billion dollar product-line to protect. Do you think they'd advise you to avoid oil changes if they were really necessary? The e46 came out in 1998 and with it came BMW's engine system that monitors your oil and pushes you to get a change at appropriate times. 9 years later have you ever met an e46 owner/former-owner who had engine problems attributed to following BMW's oil change schedule? no, you haven't. BMW might know a thing or two...they did design the car and they've got about a decade of experience following the once-a-year oil change schedule.
#160 of 260 Re: Oil Changes [blueguydotcom]
Aug 30, 2007 (7:41 pm)
I'd be worried if I followed the advice of the dealer and the car itself. Frankly, I don't know who to believe.
But... since I lease it may end up to be someone else's problem.
#161 of 260 Re: Oil Changes [carnaught]
Aug 30, 2007 (10:05 pm)
If you leased, then follow the manufacturer's specifications to a tee. Your BMW should only cost you for the following during your lease:
That's it. You should not have a single dollar of maintenance expenses on a leased BMW. Follow the manufacturer. The dealer is a liar and he is looking to make money off you.
#164 of 260 Re: Oil Changes [blueguydotcom]
Aug 31, 2007 (6:42 pm)
..........The dealer is a liar and he is looking to make money off you.
Not sure I follow you, if the dealer is advising me NOT to have the oil change till the car "tells you" to.
Sep 04, 2007 (12:00 pm)
I suppose I would agree then.
Further to the oil change issue - Castrol Syntec Racing is reccomended.
Though I have been told Mobil One is the way to go also. Opinions?
#167 of 260 Re: Oil [brianaudi]
Sep 04, 2007 (12:08 pm)
I'm not sure I know what "Castrol Syntec Racing" oil is (unless it's the 10W-60 stuff that the "M" cars use). For all other BMWs you have three basic choices here in North America:
BMW Synthetic 5W-30
German made Castrol Syntec 0W-30
Mobil 1 0W-40
I have heard (but not yet confirmed) that Valvoline now has a synthetic oil that has been BMW-LL01 approved. In addition, I have yet to see any UOAs showing that it is up the task and I personally won't be using any cars of mine as test mules.