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I am interested in changing the oil myself in my car. Now when I do so, do I have to reset the service indicator. It makes sense to me not to as it will mess with the intervals between the insp I and II. Basically if I reset it every 3000 miles, i will never know when to bring it in for service. Do I just reset it everytime and bring it in every 15k for the inspection or what. Please enlighten me on my quandry.
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David, I think you have answered your own question. If you want to change your oil regularly for your own peace of mind then do so and leave the service indicator to the BMW dealer / specialist, as you said if you do it yourself you'll muck up the routine. If you service your car at the right intervals you should'nt have to worry about looking at a yellow and red light on the dash anyway. One thing I would do is to use the same oil as your dealer would use, just in case you have any warranty issues.

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davidl said:
I am interested in changing the oil myself in my car. Now when I do so, do I have to reset the service indicator. It makes sense to me not to as it will mess with the intervals between the insp I and II. Basically if I reset it every 3000 miles, i will never know when to bring it in for service. Do I just reset it everytime and bring it in every 15k for the inspection or what. Please enlighten me on my quandry.
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David:

First let me mention that there is no such thing as a stupid question except for the one that goes unasked.

Now in regard to the question of resetting the service indicator, as I have each of mine reset with each oil change that is done religiously each 3K miles. Sure this does obviously alter the warning lights for the two different levels of inspections to be done at each 15K-mile interval. However, who actually needs a warning light to remind them to have an inspection done on such a car in the first place? Sure I’m constantly being accused of over-servicing each of my M5’s but I’d rather look down at the dash and see more green bars than see what some may consider not enough or perhaps none in contrast.

All of this simply comes down to individual preference for the most part in regard to resetting the service indicator or not so do whatever you are more comfortable with personally, as that’s always the best course of action regardless.

BTW, how’s that former locally owned Bay Area car doing these days?

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Ken Little
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BTW, how’s that former locally owned Bay Area car doing these days?
Ken,
The car is doing fine. So far I have put new SLS on the back along with replacing the oil pan gasket. I also bought a used gearbox to try to solve my problem. The gearbox works better than the old one, but is not perfect. So I still plan on having mine rebuild by Jim Blanton. Other than that, I haven't done much else to it. I plan in the future to got go with 17x9 rims on the back, put the D'Sylva chip in in place of the Conforti and upgrade the rear sway bar to the touring one. I plan on attending the NE meet at Turner so I'll see what kindof power it is putting down and if it is where I think it owuld be

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