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Old 01-20-2016, 12:01 PM   #1
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Service Indicator Question

Hello everyone, this is my first BMW and first post here so please bare with me. I have a 2004 325i and when I turn the ignition on, the service indicator shows 22,400 kms remaining. My understanding is that this gets reset to 25,000 kms after the service has been performed.

My question is, what service is this referring to? Because keeping the same oil in the engine for 25,000 kms sounds crazy! Will an oil service light show up when I have to change oil at the normal 10,000 km mark, or should I change oil once I have 15,000 kms remaining then again when 5,000 are left?

Sorry for the confusion but I'm just as confused as you are

Thanks in advance
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Old 01-20-2016, 01:43 PM   #2
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You can change those intervals. And the oil countdown is the same as the inspection countdown - they just alternate.

I personally ignore that countdown and have a reset device in my car for whenever it gets to 0. I change every 10k and call it a day. As far as inspection items, well, if you're on here then you're probably checking that more often than the schedule calls for.
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Old 01-20-2016, 02:07 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply cvx, that cleared stuff up. For changing the intervals, will I need to do that through an OBD scanner or can it be done through the car itself?
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Old 01-20-2016, 02:17 PM   #4
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To reset the indicator, you can do that in the car with the button on the cluster.
You can use PA soft to change how often the service inspection notice comes up. It's not based on distance traveled, it's based on amount of fuel consumed.
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Old 01-20-2016, 02:21 PM   #5
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Alright that makes sense. Thanks for the help.
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