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corNIC 01-11-2013 04:22 PM

Oil Change advice
Hello all I'm new here and just got my M3 earlier this week. This isn't my first BMW but it is my first ///M. I was wanting to do the oil changes on this car myself. From some reading I think it uses 10W60 oil, any advice on this is appreciated. Also, I am wanting to get some sort of jack stands or somethign to the like I can use to safely raise the car up not only for oil changes but perhaps for other maintenance work in the future. Does anyone have any recommendations for this? The car sits so stinking low to the ground I"m not sure a standard 'ramp type' one would work. I used to just do the oil changes on my x3 and x5 without lifting it as it was tall enough to sneak under there without anything.

Alan 01-11-2013 04:32 PM

Use Castrol TWS 10W-60 oil


corNIC 01-11-2013 04:37 PM

This thing really only hold 6 liters?!? I guess that's a good thing as this oil is 14 bucks a liter lol!

Alan 01-11-2013 04:47 PM


Originally Posted by corNIC (Post 15052549)
This thing really only hold 6 liters?!? I guess that's a good thing as this oil is 14 bucks a liter lol!

Don't over-fill. Monitor dipstick and full up to "full" mark - not beyond.

scca_ziptie 01-11-2013 04:58 PM

And don't forget to start the car after the initial fill, let it idle for a short while (maybe 45 seconds or so) and then check oil level again. Definitely 10w60 synthetic, brand is more to your own preference rather than a requirement.. Congrats on the ///M, just know that if you go to almost any other car you will be disappointed from now on :)

m3e46freak 01-11-2013 07:05 PM

80% of m3 owners will say stick with TWS Castrol or your car will blow up...

However liqu-moly 10w 60 GT1 oil is also a great substitute and will work...

Disclaimer: not liable and I do not work for liqu-moly

scca_ziptie 01-11-2013 07:35 PM

Eneos is also fine, as is Total. There are a lot of different oil manufacturers that make suitable (BMW spec approved) - as long as the weight and spec is correct, the brand of oil really doesn't matter.

sakumaxp 01-11-2013 07:51 PM

you can get a low profile jack, and a pair of jackstands would work just fine. if i were you id stick with genuine BMW castrol TWS 10w-60, id rather use what youre SUPPOSED to use and what my car has had in it all its life.

EDIT: i always order my oil service kit from here, comes with 6 quarts, oil filter, and all the bushings and washers you need.

scca_ziptie 01-11-2013 08:28 PM

Castrol pays to have their name under the hood of the car, pays big money. Just like Mobil 1 pays big money to be under the Porsche "hood." The bottom line is if the rating is the same, it DOESN'T matter (API/SJ/CF,etc). Total makes an oil that is to BMW "M" specification, as does ENEOS. It's the "trap" that they pay for to get you in, that's why they pay so much money to put their name under the hood.

BWOODM3 01-11-2013 10:06 PM

Really, guy? It's a car. It's like any other oil change.

empirem3 01-11-2013 10:22 PM

there are hundreds of very well written DIYs for oil changes on the e46 m3. Google it. Every detail you can imagine is covered.

sakumaxp 01-11-2013 11:14 PM

if you buy the oil pump from bavauto, you wont even need to get under the car =]

djantlive 01-12-2013 12:06 AM

It's pretty easy. I use a std ramp. Very safe

dwtaylorpdx 01-12-2013 12:12 AM

I just hit the specials at the dealer... its
< 12 bucks a quart when you get it on sale..
Both dealers in my area send me ads...

The non M oil is 8 bucks a quart, about teh same as the good mobile 1 and lasts longer in my car..



corNIC 01-12-2013 12:01 PM

Thank you all for the advice!

Took a decent picture of her this morning, it's supposed to ice and snow this weekend so I wont be getting it out for atleast a few days. Glad I still have the x5 until I sell it!


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