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Old 07-04-2021, 11:15 AM
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BMW Oil change game

Everyone (04,05 and 06) is at or a little under 5k mileage to date July 1st.
Oil change was done last Sept of 2020.
Because of the low mileage, oil appearance and almost no top offs...seeing that I'm on top of the BMW oil change game...AND with my bological internal "oil change" alert, I decided to not change the existing oil...But, to change the....oil filter! (Ive got plenty in stock)
Stroke of genius! HUh....?

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Old 07-05-2021, 01:15 PM
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Good question re low annual mileage...

My son's 2003 325i M54 car with 100K, he lives in San Jose CA, and only drives 2K a year. Most trips are 3-4 miles. Warm weather in California.
I elected to replace the Mahle oil filter once a yr, simply bc I don't know how long the oil filter lasts. Some ppl tell me the oil filter can last 2-3 yrs etc...

After one yr and 2K later, the oil "looks fine", still yellowish.
So I keep the oil.

Oil is a commodity and we take it for granted for years.

So for low annual mileage cars (2K-3K/yr), I replace the oil filter once a year and the oil once every 2 yrs (4K-6K or so)...

So far, no issues...

PS: Cold climate such as Minnesota, Iowa etc. is a bit different...
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Old 07-05-2021, 02:58 PM
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Good question re low annual mileage...

My son's 2003 325i M54 car with 100K, he lives in San Jose CA, and only drives 2K a year. Most trips are 3-4 miles. Warm weather in California.
I elected to replace the Mahle oil filter once a yr, simply bc I don't know how long the oil filter lasts. Some ppl tell me the oil filter can last 2-3 yrs etc...

After one yr and 2K later, the oil "looks fine", still yellowish.
So I keep the oil.

Oil is a commodity and we take it for granted for years.

So for low annual mileage cars (2K-3K/yr), I replace the oil filter once a year and the oil once every 2 yrs (4K-6K or so)...

So far, no issues...

PS: Cold climate such as Minnesota, Iowa etc. is a bit different...
Agreed totally! I wouldn't do this in cold climate...heck by time it gets chill here (GA) its time to change anyways.
I figured I got the filters and the car's are not burning oil... plus, not much ware on the synthetic oil stands to reason "let it ride"...

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Old 10-14-2021, 08:31 AM
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What's pictured are oil samples from 3 different m54 engines. Important to note this oil has not been changed in13 mos.to date on each car (e83) 04,05 and 06 years.
For that year period no car is over 6800miles...can you find the cleanest of the oil pictured?
Do you think it's time for an oil change?
If not, how much longer for the next oil change?
Finally, what brand and type oil is it?

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I use the oil change indicator and change filter every second oil change. It's more important to use a good filter with the o-ring on the bottom (like the Mahle) so that it doesn't crush. A filter is done for sure when the pleats have ripped no matter how few miles.
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Old 10-14-2021, 03:53 PM
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I use the oil change indicator and change filter every second oil change. It's more important to use a good filter with the o-ring on the bottom (like the Mahle) so that it doesn't crush. A filter is done for sure when the pleats have ripped no matter how few miles.
I never had one or seen one.... ripped pleate.

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