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Oil changes for low mileage E39 540i

Oil changes for low mileage E39 540i

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counterofbeans

Original Poster:

530 posts

48 months

Friday 12th October 2012
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On average I'm only doing around 3500 miles a year in my 2002 540i sport, roughly conisisting of 1000 miles commuting (20 mile round trip) and 2500 miles of longer journeys.

I've had the car 5 years and current mileage is 65000.

Is an annual oil change a good idea or will good quality modern oil comfortably last 2 years / 7000 miles?

Thanks

CofB

E30M3SE

8,145 posts

105 months

Friday 12th October 2012
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BMW's recommendation will be oil service at least every 2 years, even on low annual mileages.

There should be a bit on this in your service/owners manual.

sparks_E39

8,860 posts

122 months

Friday 12th October 2012
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Follow the lights on the dash or every 2 years.

counterofbeans

Original Poster:

530 posts

48 months

Friday 12th October 2012
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Two years looks ok then.

Cheers

CofB

Sump

5,024 posts

76 months

Friday 12th October 2012
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If you're not tight on cash, change it at least once a year though.
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Max M4X WW

3,526 posts

91 months

Saturday 13th October 2012
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What a nice way to be using a 540i. What age/spec is it?

Neil.D

2,833 posts

115 months

Saturday 13th October 2012
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I'd say if you're using a good quality oil then every 2 years will be fine. Personally if be doing it every year.
With cars I like I halve the service intervals.

counterofbeans

Original Poster:

530 posts

48 months

Monday 15th October 2012
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Max M4X WW said:
What a nice way to be using a 540i. What age/spec is it?
It's a 2002 540i sport auto in Imola Red with red/black leather "Individual" interior. We use the wife's Polo to pootle about in and I generally cycle or bike to work as it's only 10 miles. Therefore the 540 mostly gets used for holidays or visits to freinds and parents.

Here it is:-


Pickled Piper

6,010 posts

144 months

Monday 15th October 2012
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Sump said:
If you're not tight on cash, change it at least once a year though.
This. I have always advocated the inbetweeny oil change.

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Max M4X WW

3,526 posts

91 months

Monday 15th October 2012
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counterofbeans said:
It's a 2002 540i sport auto in Imola Red with red/black leather "Individual" interior. We use the wife's Polo to pootle about in and I generally cycle or bike to work as it's only 10 miles. Therefore the 540 mostly gets used for holidays or visits to freinds and parents.

Here it is:-

Ah, yes, I've seen it on here elsewhere (possibly when profile stalking). Very nice!

roofer

4,412 posts

120 months

Monday 15th October 2012
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Superb looking car cool

hornetrider

59,409 posts

114 months

Monday 15th October 2012
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Imola suits the E39 so well. Lovely car.