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post #1 of 16 Old 19th January 2013, 06:11 AM Thread Starter
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When to change spark plugs? Car has no interval

Hey guys, as some of you might know, I just bought a 2009 CPO M5 with 31K on it.

How do I know if the dealer changed my plugs or when or if they are due? I checked in the service interval in the idrive and it gave no interval for spark plugs.

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Mine does, I actually got a message that mine needed changing in so many miles.

Did a quick search and you can see from this thread how you reset the interval once plugs are changed.

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I think the newer cars dont have spark plugs updates in idrive. That might have changed with LCI, I don't know. The warranty manual says 37K for spark plug change along with trans and rear end oil change every 3rd oil change.

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When to change spark plugs? Car has no interval

Call or go to the dealer, give them the VIN of your car, have them run the service history and see if your spark plugs have been changed. If they have, you should changed every 30-60K miles depending on your car driving habits. the idrive will tell you, eventually, when the service is becoming due.

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I changed mine at 34k and they looked like they needed changing. I'll probably change every 30k if that helps.
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Mine does, I actually got a message that mine needed changing in so many miles.

Did a quick search and you can see from this thread how you reset the interval once plugs are changed.

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Yea my car does not have spark plug service warning. I even plugged my Bavarian technic cable in, and shows all the services I can reset, and no spark plugs. Thanks.

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I think the newer cars dont have spark plugs updates in idrive. That might have changed with LCI, I don't know. The warranty manual says 37K for spark plug change along with trans and rear end oil change every 3rd oil change.
Thanks for that, all the dealer gave me was the manual, nothing else, so I wasn't sure of the maintenance intervals, thanks!!!

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Call or go to the dealer, give them the VIN of your car, have them run the service history and see if your spark plugs have been changed. If they have, you should changed every 30-60K miles depending on your car driving habits. the idrive will tell you, eventually, when the service is becoming due.
Yes, great idea, im gonna go next week to my dealer while I am still under full warranty and have them check to see if the plugs and all the services have been done.

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I changed mine at 34k and they looked like they needed changing. I'll probably change every 30k if that helps.
Yea, I did oil, cabin, air filter, and now im gonna make sure the dealer, or ill DIY change the plugs since im at 31K. Thanks.
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You can download the warranty manual pdf from BMW USA onto your computer for reference. Here is the 2008.
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When to change spark plugs? Car has no interval

Bummer that newer models don't have this as I thought it was cool when it told me to change mine.

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Engine: 10.1:1 Low Compression Engine Build / Mahle Custom Pistons / Carrillo Rods / Custom Fuel System / Custom Rod Bearings.
Suspension: KW V3 Coilovers / Dinan Rear Sway Bar / Dinan Front Roll Control / Dinan Monoballs.
Handling: Daily Setup: 3 Pc ADV.1 05 wheels F 20x9 / 255/35/20 R 20x10.5 / 295/30/20 / Michelin PSS Tires / 12mm Rogue Engineering Spacers.
Track Setup: Apex Arc-8 wheels F 18x9 / Hoosier A6 P245/40ZR-18 R 18x10.5 / Hoosier A6 P315/30ZR-18.
Exterior: Vorsteiner Rep Hood / Gloss Black Roof Wrap / Smoked LED Side Markers / Limo Tint / Custom Headlights with Orion V2 Rings / LCI Fins / LCI Clear Eyebrows / Custom Blacked Out LCI Tail Lights and Miranda Bruce V6.1 Cables / Hartge Rep Urethane Front Lip / AC Schnitzer Roof Spoiler / Matte Black Kidneys Grills / Gloss Black Side Gills / Gloss Black Rear M5 Emblem / Black/White CF Hood &Trunk Roundel / Rear Bumper Mesh / M5 Puddle lights / Electric Fold Away Front License Plate Frame / CF Rear Diffuser / CF Side Skirt Extensions /CF Rear Side Extensions.
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Bummer that newer models don't have this as I thought it was cool when it told me to change mine.
Yea my 2010 335i had it. But since im under full warranty i guess the dealer will do it for me.
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