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Old 09-20-2006, 11:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone,
I just got my 2001 BMW 525i at 74,000 miles. I was wondering what is the recommended oil grade for this car? And, changing oil is pretty much the same as any other car? Plus, any other recommended service that you guys would suggest?

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5w30 full synthetic is the most commonly used oil in that car. I'm not sure about your town, but around here the oil is actually cheaper at the dealer than anywhere else.

Check your manual to see if there is an oil weight better suited to your climate.

The oil change procedure is just like any other car, only easier - beacuause of the remote oil filter. You just need a 36mm socket ( I believe ) to remove the oil canister cap.

You may want to invest in a service light resetting tool for when you do your oil changes - theres also a way to reset the lights manually, but every time I mention it on this forum someone gets jumpy / iffy about it. I've been using it for years and it's never hurt anything.

Good luck and enjoy the new car
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Thanks, sporky.

Is there a DIY for changing the oil, with pictures added? Will you tell me how to change the oil & the filter, step by step? I might do it myself this weekend. And by the way, I hold down the switch (the resetting mile switch) before I turn the ignition key to the "on" position, then there's the weird numbers that goes on....will you tell me what it is for? This is the way I reset my "service" light on my Honda. Or am I screwing something up on the Bimmer?
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