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Hey everyone, I was just curious about the oil changes in these BMWs. I know that some Mercedes dont have to change the oil for like 10,000 miles, and I was just curious if you can do the same with the BMWs? Or is it every 3,000 or 5,000 miles? My car is a 97 528i. Thanks for any replies!
the newer BMW's have a recomended service interval of 15K miles. I think your 97 is 7500 miles. At our shop we recommend to our customers an in between oil service, most are happy to do it being that fresh oil is the main defense to engine damage. Same with the Mercedes cars. Have you ever seen what oil and filter look like after 10-15k miles? pretty scary. I change the oil & filter on my 01 e39 every 4k. HTH
Thanks for the info! I was always kinda wary about the "10,000 mile oil change" that Mercedes has. Im sure they could go that long without damage, but I would feel better with every 4,000 miles or so.
Also, what gets checked at the recommended service at 7,500 miles? Thanks for the info!
[SIZE=7]I do mine every 3k regardless. Some say sooner, depends on the driving condition e.g. dirt roads, rush hours traffic (stop & go high temps), etc...Might also look into a filter with a one way valve to stop backflow of oil.
I am of the opinion an oil change more often must protect the engine more than long intervals..............BUT I would also change the oil filter as well.
Short driving around cities is more stress on an engine so you work out whats best for your individual case.
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