Who has their own non-BMW service schedule?

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  1. 16 Sep 2020 at 2:52 PM #1
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    Interested in knowing what you guys stick to regarding servicing?

    I don’t mean the oil/inspection1/oil/inspection2 order... but the time/mileage

    I bought my car with the intention of servicing annually, however I’ve only done 3k miles in the last 12 months so have decided to change my service interval to 6k or 2 years.

    when I was in the market to buy I saw quite a few low mileage examples that had huge gaps in servicing, like for example one had 7 years without a service which regardless of mileage I don’t think is right!
     
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    Servicing officially by BMW is every 6,000 miles or 2 years. Though a lot of members change the oil every year.
     
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    I basically did oil changes at 6k, followed the schedule once I did 3 oil changes it was inspection time, yes it was probably over serviced but it was also used properly and sat majority of the time between 5-8k.

    Maybe I'm old school but look after the car and it will look after you, theres little to no excuse not to bang out an oil change yearly if your doing the mileage.
     
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    Pretty sure the official BMW service schedule is like 12-16k depending how the car is driven... this is what the service indicator on the car shows

    I was considering doing annual servicing with the schedule oil/oil/insp1/oil/oil/insp2 because of my low mileage
     
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    Engine oil should be changed every year if the car has driven less than 6,250 miles in a year as per the service book.


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    Interesting, what is it for over that mileage?
     
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    I change mine every year, I was just under the impression from speaking to specialists that it was 2 years if you were doing low mileage. These were printed by BMW 20 years ago and since then maybe the oil is better. Most newer performance cars are 2 years. Most 911's are 2 years.
     
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    I do oil/filters every 6-7k max which usually works out as every 12 months unless I do a track day and then I usually change the oil just before the day. Always use castrol 10w60.
    I usually do my diff oil & gearbox oil every 18-24 months along with brake fluid change. valve clearances checked every 2 years ish which is overkill.
    Car is over serviced but it’s my car and I don’t care lol, and I always buy the oil when it’s on offer so cheap as chips. And gives me peace of mind.
     
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    Mate just change your oil every year regardless.

    As it says "oil ages regardless of mileage covered".

    It's not exactly expensive maintenance either...
     
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    Exactly this, I use my Halfords trade card and can 4ltrs of castrol 10w60 for less than £40 so it’s a no brainer.
     
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    You need 5.5 litres but yeah still cheap as chips.
    :peace:
     
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    The price of oil and a filter its a no brainer to do this every year. This is what I do.

    However spoke to BMW tonight because I was ordering some parts and thought I would ask. They stated BMW recommend every 24 months for a oil change if your doing low miles. I stated OP’s doing under 3,000 miles a year. I assume its because the booklet is so old and oil technology has got better.
     
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    i always buy 8 ltrs cos it’s so cheap and then keep the rest for either topping up or next change actually I’ve never had to top my oil up on the M3 which has always surprised me
     
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    bloody hell makes a change BMW giving money saving advice at the same time as charging us £1200000000 for a strut brace nut :roflmao:
     
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    I know haha. I priced up some of the strut brace nuts with BMW. Nearly fell off my chair when they gave me the price. Would of walked into the dealership with no pants. Luckily the person I brought the strut brace off still had them knocking around.
     
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    BMW recommendation is 2 years OR unless your Service Interval Indicator suggests sooner.

    I use BMW main dealer for a stamp and service every 2 years as my car is only seeing 1k miles a year max. Every year in between I perform an interim service myself on the car using BMW genuine parts. Oil is always golden. Having said this my most recent service (Inspection2) has been performed by Mr Vanos ....
     
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    I do my servicing as per BMW but always add extras when the car is on the ramps etc (belts, other bits etc)

    The oil is done every 2 years but I only do 1k miles a year so basically every 2k miles it’s done

    Inspections are the same as the onboard indicator etc (as BMW says)
     
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    Oil every 2k ish which usually works out to once every 4 months or so currently but I kept this schedule when I used it daily - clearly overkill but the inside of my engine is literally spotless and I like it to stay that way :muttley:

    Diff, Gearbox & Brake fluid every year and coolant every 2 years.

    Valve clearances I do every 15k
     
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    Good stuff guys, as I said in original post I was intending on doing a service a year to the normal schedule, but I was anticipating doing 5-6k a year which is my average... didn’t expect 2020 and COVID etc.

    going to stick with my 6k servicing interval, which when the world goes back to normal will probably equate to 12-15months
     
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    So is the reccomend service schedule pretty much oil/oil/inspection1/oil/oil/inspection2 repeat?

    And this is should be done each time you hit 5/6k or 1 year, whichever comes first?
    I’m also assuming the onboard computer service schedule thing should be pretty much ingnored then?
     

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