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Old 04-18-2004, 10:24 PM   #21
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This, IMO, should be stickied.
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Old 04-18-2004, 10:55 PM   #22
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I second the motion it is the best information I have seen here in awhile.
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Old 04-22-2004, 09:09 PM   #23
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Darkmanlfe, thanks a lot, just tried it and it WORKS! It used to say Inspection -2500, now it's just say "Oil Service" 15,535, which is just counting down til the next oil change. PERFECT!
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Old 04-22-2004, 10:03 PM   #24
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EH? You change oil every 15k miles for synthetic??? I swore it was like every 5....
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Old 04-23-2004, 10:16 AM   #25
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EH? You change oil every 15k miles for synthetic??? I swore it was like every 5....
That's just the default value on the computer, it's set to countdown from 15K miles. I change my oil about every 7,500 miles.
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Old 05-14-2004, 09:42 PM   #26
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I have 2000 323i. I've tried it with a wire and it didn't work.
do i have use the paper clip?
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Old 05-15-2004, 03:14 PM   #27
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As silly as it sounds I tried it twince with a wire and it did'nt work, but he paper clip works. It is likely just that the wire was not making a connection and the paper clip is just easier I think.

It does work though.
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Old 06-10-2004, 06:32 PM   #28
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I need this one back. Going to do something this weekend.
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Old 06-12-2004, 11:41 AM   #29
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you guys provide the best DIY information in the world.
i suppose to call BMW Hong Kong to arrange a oil change service since the oil service only 800km left.

It works on my Feb/2000 318Ci (right hand drive model). I am gonna to change the oil next week.

Once again, thank you very much for the information.
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Old 06-12-2004, 09:27 PM   #30
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Per the owners manual, there are TWO service indicators that will quickly flash up when you turn your keys to start the engine.

1. Oil Service
2. Inspection Service

Before I did this today, after doing an oil change, only #2 was showing on my car (forgot the mileage on that). I could be wrong here, but I think only 1 of these will show up at any one time. Feel free to correct me on this.

Using a paper clip, I inserted one end into Pin 7 and the other end into Pin 19. As many have stated, by golly, this works!!!. Now the thing with mine is that #2 was showing before. After doing this, only #1 is showing with 15,525 miles.

Though I'm not too concerned [yet], is this the expected results? Or should it show #2 with 15,525 miles instead of #1, since it was #2 that was originally there before?

This DIY does work. But my question deals with the expected results (in my case).
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Old 06-12-2004, 11:09 PM   #31
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Per the owners manual, there are TWO service indicators that will quickly flash up when you turn your keys to start the engine.

1. Oil Service
2. Inspection Service

Before I did this today, after doing an oil change, only #2 was showing on my car (forgot the mileage on that). I could be wrong here, but I think only 1 of these will show up at any one time. Feel free to correct me on this.

Using a paper clip, I inserted one end into Pin 7 and the other end into Pin 19. As many have stated, by golly, this works!!!. Now the thing with mine is that #2 was showing before. After doing this, only #1 is showing with 15,525 miles.

Though I'm not too concerned [yet], is this the expected results? Or should it show #2 with 15,525 miles instead of #1, since it was #2 that was originally there before?

This DIY does work. But my question deals with the expected results (in my case).
It did the same for me.. don't worry, it just thinks that you just did your oil change and is counting down til the next one. BMW service interval for oil is 15K.
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Old 06-12-2004, 11:16 PM   #32
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It did the same for me.. don't worry, it just thinks that you just did your oil change and is counting down til the next one. BMW service interval for oil is 15K.
Crap. I wanted to be special and thought I was the only one. Hehehehe.
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Old 06-27-2004, 01:21 PM   #33
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After doing it several times it finally worked on my 99 323i.

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Old 06-29-2004, 05:47 PM   #34
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what about 2001 and up models?
do i have to spend 200 bux on the reset tool? or it there a way to reset?
Here's another way to reset oil counter on 2001 model

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What about if it's not under warranty anymore? What do you guys do about the counter?


here is how you reset the counter (i found it at bmw330ci.com):

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"i found this on some site, maybe helpful for you guys who change oil themselves
You only need to hold the left odometer reset button while turning the key to position 1 (Accessory). Keep holding the button for 5 or so seconds until any of the following shows in the display: OIL SERVICE or INSPECTION with RESET or RE. Release the button and press it again for another 5 or so seconds until RESET or RE flash. While the display flashes, press the button one more time briefly. If done correctly, END SIA should show up for a few seconds. All done. "
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This applies to earlier e46 models. eg. 99-00 with OBCI.

1. Locate the 20-PIN DLC Connector. It is located under the hood, passenger side empty compartment.

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2. Turn the key to position 2. key position before the engine start.

3. For OIL RESET, just ground PIN 7 and PIN 19 for 3 seconds.

4. For ENGINE SERVICE light, ground PIN 7 and PIN 19 for 9 seconds.
I have a 2000 e46 convertible with 52K miles. All I ever see when I turn the switch is how many miles for the next service(ie. next service 4500 miles). Am I missing something when it comes to this "oil service" message? Is it the same as the regular service message? How do I see this "oil service" message?

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If you haven't done Inspection II yet, it's probably that service message that you're getting.
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Old 08-08-2004, 12:34 AM   #39
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You only need to ground pin 7. I think pin 19 *is* connected to ground. I went straight from pin 7 to chassis ground and it worked great.

Havefun328 - My 328i was built in 05/99. Not sure if I can do the same thing to reset the service light. I did it with paper clip connecting pin 7 and pin 19 and it did not work. Not sure how to connect pin 7 to chasses ground. Can you give some more info on that? Thanks.
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Havefun328 - My 328i was built in 05/99. Not sure if I can do the same thing to reset the service light. I did it with paper clip connecting pin 7 and pin 19 and it did not work. Not sure how to connect pin 7 to chasses ground. Can you give some more info on that? Thanks.

I also have a 328i and the procedure worked flawlessly on both the oil reset and inspection reset. The thing to remember is the time you have to ground the pins for, 3 seconds or 11 seconds, a stop watch helps.

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