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Old 08-18-2003, 11:11 AM   #1
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is it safe to change your oil after 15K

i have an o3 m3, i was just wondering, should i really wait until the oil timer drops to zero miles before i change the oil, or should i do it more often. what do u guys recommend. It seems like 15K miles is a long way before actually changing your oil.
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Old 08-18-2003, 11:19 AM   #2
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just go by your service odometer and you'll be fine
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Old 08-18-2003, 11:20 AM   #3
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I would never wait 15k miles between oil changes...I do mine every 5000 miles.

15k is just waaaaaay too long...especially for the filter.
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Old 08-18-2003, 11:22 AM   #4
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NO,NO,NO

do yourself a favor change your oil after 5,000 miles no more.
we have high reving engines they are hard on oil. after the 1,250 mile oil change. change it after 5,000 miles and remember to look at the oil very few weeks to top it off to. you won't be sorry also
remember to get 10-60w weight oil bmw only sells it to. if you did not know that already. good luck with your new baby.
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Old 08-18-2003, 11:28 AM   #5
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Re: NO,NO,NO

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do yourself a favor change your oil after 5,000 miles no more.
we have high reving engines they are hard on oil. after the 1,250 mile oil change. change it after 5,000 miles and remember to look at the oil very few weeks to top it off to. you won't be sorry also
remember to get 10-60w weight oil bmw only sells it to. if you did not know that already. good luck with your new baby.
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I thought the manual suggested 5W30 Castrol Syntec.

Am I not right?
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Old 08-18-2003, 11:32 AM   #6
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I thought the manual suggested 5W30 Castrol Syntec.

Am I not right?

M3's run a heavier weight oil.
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Old 08-18-2003, 11:33 AM   #7
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I thought the manual suggested 5W30 Castrol Syntec.

Am I not right?
for the m3 they use i different oil its special only for the m3. its
10-60w and only made by bmw. if you don't follow using that oil they say it can void the warrenty. if something goes wrong with the moving parts that the oil comes in contact with.
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I see... it's too early in the morning. I didn't see that he had an M.
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Old 08-18-2003, 11:49 AM   #9
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thanks for all the replies guys, another question, should i have bmw do the service or just buy the oil and filter and bring it to a local shop to get it serviced. thanks
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Old 08-18-2003, 12:05 PM   #10
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you could do either at the dealer or another shop but you'll probably pay a lot more at the dealer, or you could DIY. it's quite easy, really!
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Old 08-18-2003, 12:14 PM   #11
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the 10W60 is made by Castrol. I think Mobil1 has a substitute for it though.
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Old 08-18-2003, 01:58 PM   #12
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by the way the 10-60w oil is

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the 10W60 is made by Castrol. I think Mobil1 has a substitute for it though.
around 11.00 a qt at the dealer i forgot to mentiom that in my last post.my dealer sells it for 11.50 a qt.
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Old 08-18-2003, 09:14 PM   #13
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If you complain about the cost of oil for your $60,000 automoblie, then you seriously have your priorites out of wack!

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Old 08-19-2003, 07:40 PM   #14
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If you complain about the cost of oil for your $60,000 automoblie, then you seriously have your priorites out of wack!

Penny Wise and Pound Foolish!
ME. i have close to 80.000 in my 2003m3. and oil changes don't rattle my pocketbook. i just mention in my post that the 10-60w oil is around 11.00 a qt.. i just wanted to say in my post so when anybody goes and buys it they wont get shock at the price.

THAT IS ALL I MEANT IF YOU READ SOMETHING ELSE IN MY WORDS
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Old 08-19-2003, 08:56 PM   #15
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I used to wait 15,000 miles between oil changes, but not anymore. My oil is real dirty around 10,000, so I'm changing it every 7,500 from now on.

I wonder if BMW doesn't want the engine to last forever by recommending 15K oil changes? This would ensure that you come back and buy another one sooner.

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Re: LISTEN YOU DON'T KNOW ME AND YOU MISUNDERSTOOD

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ME. i have close to 80.000 in my 2003m3. and oil changes don't rattle my pocketbook. i just mention in my post that the 10-60w oil is around 11.00 a qt.. i just wanted to say in my post so when anybody goes and buys it they wont get shock at the price.

THAT IS ALL I MEANT IF YOU READ SOMETHING ELSE IN MY WORDS
YOU ARE THE ONE THAT AS A PROBLEM AND NOT ME.

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Hang on, doesn't your signature say that you have a close-to-bone-stock m3? How could your total investment be close to 80k and you still have a close-to-bone-stock m3?
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Old 08-20-2003, 07:32 AM   #17
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I would never wait 15k miles between oil changes...I do mine every 5000 miles.

15k is just waaaaaay too long...especially for the filter.
Ditto, actually did it at 1500 last week and 5k from now on.
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Re: Re: LISTEN YOU DON'T KNOW ME AND YOU MISUNDERSTOOD

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Hang on, doesn't your signature say that you have a close-to-bone-stock m3? How could your total investment be close to 80k and you still have a close-to-bone-stock m3?
i wrote that statement when i order my car. i have a few mod's
but they are the pricely ones. like most of the ones very body have lollllllllllllll
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