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Old 02-01-2005, 02:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have '04 330Ci almost a year. I want to change the oil by myself. Since I don't think to do the oil change in every 15,000 miles will keep my car in good condition. As I know the dealer is using Castrol Synthetic. Can I use Mobil One instead? Is anyone know where is the oil filter? Please advise.

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Why not just take it to the dealer? DYI yourself is nice, but heck, it's under warrantee.

The 3000 mile oil change interval is a myth perpotrated by the quick change service centers.

Change your first oil at 15K miles or 1 year.
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Old 02-01-2005, 12:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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the oil filter cover is marked 25nm.

jack up the car and find the small oblong plate.half way down the sump guard tray.

under this is the bolt to undo for the oil to drain.

use oem filters

and if you start the car,after changing the oil.....to correct level...
and the oil light stays on,,,,undo the filter 1/4 turn,allow a small amount of oil to come out ,,then re-tighten...this undoes the air lock

mobil 1 is fine,i use it...0w 30 or 5w 30 is recommended,,but dont take my word for that,,ask the dealer..
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Old 02-03-2005, 08:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Sorry, guys I am a new owner of a Bimmer, just a quick question for experienced you, I got a 3er and just reached 2000 Km, I wonder if I should have an engine oil change now or just wait until it gets to 25000 Km. the manual says first oil change at 2000 Km, but the dealer told me to wait until 25000 Km, please advise! I really thank you for your help!
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