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Originally Posted by drz
Cool. You know, you can post about stuuf other than how rarely your car needs oil changes.... jk
Originally Posted by Ocean02
2) I dig your ride. Where'd you get the side markers?
Originally Posted by AIO
Haha, until today I was following only North American BMW forums, and the common attitude I've been witnessing was, "change your oil as often as possible, it can't hurt" and "oil-change every two years is madness!! : ".
However, the BMW service manual that came with the car clearly states that the oil need be changed whenever the 'service indicator' blinks or every two years. Which ever comes first.
Today, I discovered couple of German BMW forums, and it seems that 'oil change every 24 months' is not a rare thing at all in Europe. On the contrary, it seems to be common when newer engines and longlife synthetic oils are concerned.
To those of you, who speak German, here are some good forums. A quick search within these forums provides surprising answers :
Originally Posted by Ocean02
No wonder....German package! I thought that license plate looked funny! Damn stupid American laws...
Anyway, "Z" goes to the head of the class. Frankly, I don't plan on using my oil for more than 10K miles in Los Angeles stop-and-go traffic. Just seems wrong. (It's like taking a shower once a week because, "Hey, I don't get THAT dirty!") I'd rather take 2 showers a day and change my oil more frequently and have the piece of mind of new, fresh oil. But I'm sure "Z" is right. And of course the BMW engineers who wrote the book are too...
Nevertheless, who knows where I can find a detailed (pictoral preferably) description on changing the oil/filter and other minor maintenance jobs?
Originally Posted by Daryl Baines
I think it would be time to try Auto-Rx there has to be some sludge in it. Has anyone tried the new 0x30 Castrol yet if so your comments please thanks.
Originally Posted by 97alpineM3
What color is your oil after this period of no changes?
Originally Posted by zibby
Technical details how it works are as follow.
Mileage is estimated based on the following formula:
a=Actual mileage traveled
t=1 if engine temperature is below operating temperature, else t=0
r=.5 if engine is above 4500 RPM, else r=0
Example: If you traveled 5 miles with a cold engine running at 5000 RPM, the SII computer would actually "estimate" 12.5 miles traveled:
Solving for e:
a=5 (the actual miles traveled)
t=1 (because the engine was cold)
r=.5 (the engine was exceeding 4500 RPM)
e=5 X (1+1+.5)=12.5 estimated miles (from a trip of only 5 miles)
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