Originally posted by Jim Dolan:
Called Lauderdale Imports. I asked about all the current issues. No bulletins on car yet. I have to pay for all fluids including oil.
Service should take about 1 hour.
Any comments?? Go ahead and pay. I have had my oil changed at 1200, 5000 and 10,000 miles so far all at my expense. The BMW service light has not indicated an oil change yet even though I have 12,000 miles on the car. A BMW NA engineer told me that the new extended oil change intervals is a result of a directive from the EPA rather than consideration for the life span of your engine. The EPA claims that the U.S. is producing too much used motor oil to dispose of and that car manufacturers needed to extend oil change intervals accordingly. It sounds unreal but something to be expected from the government. I remember when I had my 91 M5 and the BMW dealer told me that I needed to change my oil more often than the service indicator which was around 7500 miles I believe. Its amazing how BMW has changed it policy for no apparent reason other than the EPA directive. Bottom line, you can never change your oil too much if your going to keep the car. If you're only leasing the car and are going to get out of it in less than 50,000 miles, don't worry about it. The engine would last 50,000 miles without a single oil change. I wouldn't want to be the 2nd owner though.