View Full Version : How long before a oil change?

03-13-2005, 05:04 AM
For you E46 drivers with synthetic oil, how often do you get a oil change? Do you go by the in car computer that says you have this many kms before needing a oil change?

When I bought my car, it just had a oil change so it was 25,000 km or so before next oil change. I don't drive much, around 10,000 or so km a year. So at this rate, I won't need a oil change per the computer for 2.5 years! I doubt this is good for the car, or is it ok? When should I take it in?

I heard a oil change at the dealership is around $125 to $150? Usually how much extra "maintenance" work do they tack on? What's my expected bill?

I've got no interest in changing my own oil so please don't flame me.


paul christians
03-13-2005, 01:56 PM
check the oil on the dip stick and go frrom there. Do you drive hard ??

03-13-2005, 02:01 PM
No, I don't drive hard.

paul christians
03-13-2005, 02:05 PM
ok but you live in Alberta so it can get very cold there so I would change it.........