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#1 l77Il7H

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Posted 30 August 2005 - 22:16

i heard that it cost a lot of money to change the oil for bmw cars, about $300. does anyone here owns a bmw and know this information? much does it typically cost and how often do you have to change the oil? i know they have 4yrs or 50,000 free maintence but time do fly by quickly.


#2 VGVL

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Posted 30 August 2005 - 22:17

I asked the dealer a few months ago and they said it should be $200-250.

#3 audioscheine

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Posted 30 August 2005 - 22:18

are you kidding me, go to a quick lube place, im sure its the same price for every car at one of those places.

#4 versiondub

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Posted 30 August 2005 - 22:23

if it costs 200-300$ to change your oil, you're being ripped off. Find a jiffy lube or another generic auto repair place and they will change your oil for you for 20$.

#5 sn00pie

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Posted 30 August 2005 - 22:24

It's not that hard to change the oil yourself, well atleast if you've got the tools.

It's actually pretty easy and you save tons of $$. ;)

#6 VGVL

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Posted 30 August 2005 - 22:30

I don't think the $250 is just for an oil change, I'm sure they must do something else. Its when the car gives you a warning that a service is due. On my car I have 5 green blocks on the console and as I use the car they stop showing up one by one, once I run out of them I'm supposed to take the car in for service and that's when they'll charge the $200-250.

#7 mrogers

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Posted 30 August 2005 - 22:28

I have an excellent BMW-certified independent mechanic do all my work on my 540i and he changes my oil for about $50.

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Posted 30 August 2005 - 22:45

I don't think the $250 is just for an oil change, I'm sure they must do something else. Its when the car gives you a warning that a service is due. On my car I have 5 green blocks on the console and as I use the car they stop showing up one by one, once I run out of them I'm supposed to take the car in for service and that's when they'll charge the $200-250.

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Agreed. $20 is for the oil change. The other $230 must be for other things (engine/emission tests, tire rotations, etc..)

#9 sn00pie

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Posted 30 August 2005 - 23:15

Yeah, $250 for a full tune-up/check-up is fine, but for oil change, that's one big hole in the pocket. :p

#10 Vegtro

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Posted 31 August 2005 - 04:57

The schedule check up is every 15000 miles for BMWs. So 200-250 for every 15000 miles is not bad.

#11 Pilsbury

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Posted 31 August 2005 - 17:34

Unless you are putting in very cheap oil, no way will you do an oil change for $20 or even $50...

Especially in a V8 BMW like the 540i, which holds 7.5l of oil. You should be using fully synthenic Castrol or similar. Which would probably be about $100 on it's own...
Using cheap oil will seriously reduce the life of the engine.

#12 shakey

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Posted 31 August 2005 - 17:35

ill tell ya how you change ur oil.
get ur car on some jack or wheel ramp so it looks like this \ the left being the front, right being the back. now get urself a nice drainage pan for the oil, and u see the cylinder shaped thing that looks like a oil filter, remove that, and let the oil drain out for a good 5 or 10 mins, to make sure its all gone. then get your new oil filter, follow the directions on the box on how to put it back on ( it screws on easily :D) and then put more oil in your engine. walla, a 15 minute job done for the price of the oil and filter.

#13 Pilsbury

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Posted 31 August 2005 - 17:42

fo20, you should never drain the oil using the oil filter...
You use the sump plug, which is at the lowest point of the sump, therefore removing ALL the oil and crud in the sump.
Also, in most BMW's, you have a plug in filter, which is off to the side of the engine, not below it, so, you'll never drain the engine that way...
You should also try and keep the car as level as possible when changing the oil.

#14 profets

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Posted 31 August 2005 - 17:43

almost or all bmw's have some sort of service light indicator telling you when its time for service. over the years we've had an X5, few 7's, 545, 325, even a Mini that works the same way. when it is time for service (which you pay after the 4 years free maintenance is up), its around 200-300 for a range of work, not just an oil change. from what i've seen, bmw always uses Castrol synthetic.

#15 rogerlb

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Posted 31 August 2005 - 17:49

i just got my oil changed in my 323i at jiffy lube. BMW'S require synthetic oil. i chose mobil1. it cost me around $80 USD for oil change, filter and labor