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#1 (permalink) Old 07-25-2008, 07:46 AM
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Hi guys - Today I'm planning to purchase a 2005 330i. I looked at it Monday however, and when I test drove it, the service engine soon light came on... The owner, a person I know, said it does that when the oil needs changing... He has now taken it to the BMW dealership and he says, "yep, when it needs an oil change, that light comes on". I would have thought a BMW would have a light that says "change Oil" not "service engine soon"... My Chevy Colorado pickup says "change oil", when it's time for an oil change.

The vehicle has been sitting a lot... The person that owns it now has 2 teenagers and they always drive their bigger vehicles when they go somewhere... Any advice would be helpful.
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check the service history,when was it last done?It will need an oil change but if its in need of service 1 or 2 it will want a bit more doing at the same time.Look in his service book for details. service 1 is a minor one and 2 is major,inbetween you have an oil service,basicly an oil change plus quick look round in case anythings about to drop off.
the motors near enough bullet proof so as long as its serviced not much can go wrong.Whats the mileage?
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have it verified by a trusted shop, if the seller has nothing to hide they wont mind.

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Hey - Thank you for the quick reply! It has 28,600 miles on it. What bugged me as much as anything though is that the sticker shows the oil needs to be changed again at 32k... If the light came on at 28k, then those numbers just don't add up to me...
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the mileage is low,dont worry about the lights,they come on roughl"y every 15,000 miles.If you only do a low mileage BMW suggest you change the oil every year.When i bought my 328i it only had 41,000 on it but the owner did the oil every year.I do it every 12,000 miles and it runs like new.
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Change the oil every 5000 miles, MAXIMUM. Ignore the extended service plan. Go to Welcome To Performing Imports | Home and follow the guidelines listed there. They also have some lovely pictures of what happens if you follow the recommended service guidelines.



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