View Full Version : OIL change @ dealer

07-26-2004, 01:34 PM
anybody know how much an oil change costs @ the dealer......? Full synthetic plus filter for a '99 328 iS.....................thanx......

07-26-2004, 01:40 PM
Originally posted by NIMA
anybody know how much an oil change costs @ the dealer......? Full synthetic plus filter for a '99 328 iS.....................thanx......

Aound $120 (incl'd. taxes). Too expensive. *uzi*

You better shop around those Bimmer Mechanic shops

07-26-2004, 01:41 PM
PM bimmersport

07-26-2004, 02:02 PM
yep for oil changes, do it yourself or an idependent mechanic will save you money.

07-26-2004, 08:22 PM
thanks guys.......ya I think I'll stay with my local mechanic......

07-26-2004, 09:16 PM
go with daytona. they are great.

07-27-2004, 10:17 AM
if you do it yourself what do you do with the waste? (dirty oil/filter?)

07-27-2004, 10:57 AM
usually just drop it off CND tire and pay the enviroment fee or something

Oh ya.. I do it myself too.. about 120 CND for 7 liters of Castrol 10w60 and filter.. It's probably 150 CND at the dealer.

07-27-2004, 12:39 PM
I called Towne and Country BMW to ask. They said 89.99 plus taxes for my 540 (8 litres of oil). What a deal! It costs me 60.00 for 8 litres od Mobil 1, 20 bucks for the filter. So I only save 10 bones if I do it myself. I hope they aren't mistaken.

BTW, there is a hazardous waste depot on Markham (Rodick and 14th ave) whaere you can take your oil on Saturdays.

07-27-2004, 12:47 PM
i find mobil 1 burns much much faster than castrol. i usually needs topping up ~5000km with m1
the savings on doing it yourself vs a local mechanic/garage is minimal, but vs a bmw dealer is enormous. depends if you enjoy changing oil and getting your hands dirty, its more like a hobby thing for the weekend than saving costs.

07-27-2004, 01:03 PM
Holy shit, I only need 3.6L of oil for my car.

My friend used to burn oil like crazy when he was using Mobil 1 5W-30. He changed it to Amsoil 5W-30 and it only lost like bottle cap/month. Then he switched it to Amsoil 0W-30 and 10W-30. Since then, the car ran smoother than ever and not losing any oil.

I can get Amsoil for good price if anyone interested.

07-27-2004, 07:42 PM
Is there a need to check the oil level? When I start my car, it says 21000 km before next oil service. Is it safe to follow that?

07-28-2004, 06:35 PM
btw when you take your oil to c-tire, you dont have to pay, just leave it there at night, and theyll take it,

07-28-2004, 06:37 PM
whats spoony prelude is trying to say
when you do your own oil changes at home you can go drop off your old oil at canadian tire

07-28-2004, 09:53 PM
that's pretty damn rude of spoony_prelude!
but better than dumping it down the sewer or chucking it in the garbage.

Seriously, it is quite easy to change the oil - not as easy as the old maxima because of the odd oil filter (need a 36mm socket to get the cover off, or resort to vicegripps like I had to!). Also jacking up a lowered car is a step I didn't have to do before, likewise for shorting the pin to reset the oil service reminder. Plus the oil filter cost me $17 vs $5 and the syntec cost me around $50 at crappyTire. Overall less practical than the old Jap car, but these are concessions I can live with

07-28-2004, 11:57 PM
I find from reading different posts that there is no rule of thumb with respect to oil consumption. Knock on wood, but my high mileage 540 is still full on the dipstick when it's time to change oil, regardless of what I use.

I totally sympathize with jjon. My car is not lowered, but my floor jack doesn't fit either. However, I found out that if I drive up on some 2x4 wood, there is just enough clearance for my fat gut to fit under to reach the drain plug.

For the filter cover, I just use a normal oil filter strap wrench.