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| Originally posted by DWNG715@Dec 19 2004, 10:55 AM |
I heard that if you use synthetic oil for your car. You can go on 10k until your next oil change? Is that true?
I currently have a e34 525i w/ 131k miles.
will it be good to put synthetic in it?
I mean I'd pay more just to change it less.
| Originally posted by CBA@Dec 19 2004, 01:21 PM |
if your bmw has been being fed synthetic from day one or in its younger years then yes keep on feeding it, but if it has no recived any syn and you want to make that transition you could be taking a risk, theres been speculation and testing done (i cant remember where i saw it) but any engine that makes that transition seems to run into problems.. My 2cents..
| Originally posted by BeelZibub@Dec 20 2004, 04:23 PM |
Just got off the phone to my local BMW dealers tech guy. I asked him to recommend an oil and he says they always use mobil 1 and when I said is there a chance a previous owner could have run her on Mineral he sounded very worried and said "I bloody hope not". He also stated that semi syth is the least you should put in the 6 bangers but they should ALL be run on Fully synth.
PS I find 3000miles a ridiculously low amount for an oil change - Most people here have a 6 month oil and filter change followd by a 12month full service, average annual mileage is reckoned at 12,000 miles so the minimum most people change their oil is usually 6000 miles. A lot of people only have 12mth services and when I took my peugeot in for a 12mth service I was told to come back in a year as they only require servicing every 24mths or 20,000 miles!!!. My 5er has done 7500 since the last oil change and the oil looks as good as the day it went in.
| Originally posted by schilke@Dec 20 2004, 07:44 PM |
Man, this aslyum is being run by the inmates today....
If you don't change your oil every 3-5K miles you'll be in for a big surprise right around 180-200K miles.
Car mfgrs know that people don't want to take care of their cars. Some yahoo's on this board are discussing whether coolant goes in the washer fluid bottle or the expansion tank, so I know the mfgrs are right.
Most people lease a new BMW because they are so friggin expensive. So most leases 2, 3, 4 years maybe? Maybe 15K, 20K a year? All that car has to last is 60-80K miles. To entice dumb people, they put fancy plastic covers on the engine so you don't have to care, and raise the oil change intervals so it doesn't seem like 'its in the shop' very often.
Today, oils and engines are so well designed, if you wanted to, you would never have to change your oil. After 80-100K though, you're engine's gonna be worth crap.
If you want your car to last, change it no more than 5K. Also, use the best stuff you can afford. It makes no difference, however, syn, blend, or dino. Good oil is good oil.
WHat's with the board today? or Is it me?
| Originally posted by schilke@Dec 21 2004, 01:30 PM |
I think you were trying disagree with me, but in the end you just agreed with me.
Since you don't run your cars past 150K or 180K, you won't know the benefits of frequent oil changes.*
As I am pushing 180K now in my e36, I am keenly aware that more care is needed to nurse my Betty past the 250K mark.
What is the tax structure on vehicles in the UK?* In the US, our yearly ad velorum tax decreases as the vehicle ages..*
I have heard in Japan, that the yearly tax INCREASES as the vehicle ages as an incentive for the public to keep replacing aging, polluting, vehicles.
I have heard rumors that your vehicle tax sctructure encourages you to do the same.* Is that true?
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