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Should really be every 16,000 km (10,000 miles) or every year - whichever is sooner.

Personally I service twice as frequently as recommended by BMW (above) so I can only suggest making servicing your car frequently a priority going forward. Every 5-6K miles (or once a year if you don't drive that much) is really where you want to be.
 
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If you service outside of the standard condition based servicing flagged by the car, don't get the iDrive history updated or you will screw the "official" service history/schedule.
 

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somewhere in the manual it states, something to the effect that "in any case an oil service must be performed no longer than once a year" I'll try and find the wording
 
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I can't find the exact quote I remember reading it in the fine print if you google, all BMW dealers state 10k or 1 a year, I remember that the idrive says 15k or something stupid, but it also say's as I said somewhere in print or a PDF, it is time OR millage if the millage has exceeded X or the Time has exceeded a year.
In fact yearly since buying my BMW REGARDLESS of the idrive they take it in for an oil change

I do mine 2-3 times a year because i'm sick like that :)
 
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Service interval is based on condition (hence the oil sensors) driving a car as mr average is different from driving it 800km a week or just stuffing it in the garage like a queen.
Oil and fluids deteriorate regardless of millage, it is 1st and foremost TIME then MILLAGE, if you never put a click on the ODO once a year is mandatory of you want to keep your w'tee in place
 
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somewhere in the manual it states, something to the effect that "in any case an oil service must be performed no longer than once a year" I'll try and find the wording
Different countries / regions have different schedules. UK does not have the year stipulation, it is minimum 2 years as the OP says.

As above, though, I do an interim oil change after 1 year / 10k.
 
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Different countries / regions have different schedules. UK does not have the year stipulation, it is minimum 2 years as the OP says.

As above, though, I do an interim oil change after 1 year / 10k.
Thank you all! Appreciate that. I've only had mine a few months, so still on a learning curve. I will get an oil change done asap.

Is it necessary to have that done by a dealer?

Cheers!
 

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Thank you all! Appreciate that. I've only had mine a few months, so still on a learning curve. I will get an oil change done asap.

Is it necessary to have that done by a dealer?

Cheers!
As stated above if you change the oil outside the CBS. Don't update the i-drive as it will screw up the CBS system. BMW have looked at refusing warranty claims because people haven't stuck to the recommended intervals. this includes additional oil changes. I get my oil dropped once a year and the oil and filter every two years (B58 engine and its filter issues) I supply the oil (BMW stuff via Cotswold) and my local independent Volvo specialist (one man band) does the work.
 

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Don't forget BMW say's the coolant , Gearbox and diff fluids will last the life of the car !!!! How old is the vehicle? may be worth dropping the other fluids too.
 

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I don't buy into the American thing were they change their oil every 20 minutes, you need to remember those guys over there get milked dry by barely regulated fear marketing. I'd probably go for annual changes on a modern turbo charged engine, with my n52 I'm comfortable taking my indys advice that every 2 years is fine depending on mileage but BMW doesn't have a great history with long servicing on it's 4 cylinders so I'd be concerned about the future with 3 cylinders too.
 

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I have two BMWs, an old E46 and a F45 Active Tourer (220i), and always change the oil and oil filter annually.

I have been servicing the E46 myself since I got it in 2010, and when I removed the rocker cover last year to change the seal, the top of the engine was very clean with no old oil sticking anywhere. Not sure how it would be if I changed oil every 2 years.

With the F45, I still take it to BMW for servicing, but again I do an oil and filter change myself in between. Its much more for labour intensive compared to the E46 (no dipstick tube to use my extractor and the oild filter being at the bottom of the engine - in the E46 its on the top, so no need to lift the car).

Maybe I am old fashined, but I would never leave the same oil and filter for 2 years. Especially with BMWs....!
 

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Maybe I am old fashined, but I would never leave the same oil and filter for 2 years. Especially with BMWs....!
What filters better a new filter or an old one ? yes the new filter well flow more oil but a used one will filter better. With the Schedule being two years I leave the filter and just drop the oil. The B58 has been known to split a filter on removal so I in the mindset that BMW can have that headache.
 

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Maybe I am old fashined, but I would never leave the same oil and filter for 2 years. Especially with BMWs....!
What filters better a new filter or an old one ? yes the new filter well flow more oil but a used one will filter better. With the Schedule being two years I leave the filter and just drop the oil. The B58 has been known to split a filter on removal so I in the mindset that BMW can have that headache.
 

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It's not an American thing, I used to run a Porsche and in the Porsche clubs we all changed every 5k
every car I had in the UK, including 3 Capris' , 2 GM's, 2 escorts ALL had 1 year servicing interval MAX
which meant an oil change, in 40 odd years living in UK, I've never seen a 2 year oil change, always bi yearly
at 6k and 12k (minor and major service), which equated to 1 a year

That being said, feel free to change your oil every 5 if you want, your engine won't thank you for it.

when I first got my 1 series and did a 15k service oil, it came out like Tar.... yup no thank you
do as BMW recommend or your CBS and YEARLY if you don't drive your car.

Anything else is suicidal and of course it is your own money to waste

I don't buy into the American thing were they change their oil every 20 minutes, you need to remember those guys over there get milked dry by barely regulated fear marketing. I'd probably go for annual changes on a modern turbo charged engine, with my n52 I'm comfortable taking my indys advice that every 2 years is fine depending on mileage but BMW doesn't have a great history with long servicing on it's 4 cylinders so I'd be concerned about the future with 3 cylinders too.
 

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BTW this from a UK website
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Elitegarages.co.uk
We recommend an oil change every 5,000 miles but other factors may play a part. This includes how you drive as aggressive acceleration puts extra pressure on ...

Thesun.com
Feb 11, 2019 — As a general rule, you should change your engine oil every 3,000-5,000 miles or approximately every six months. ... Depending on your car's age, ...

and as much as I hate these assholes
How often do you change your engine oil? - PistonHeads
https://www.pistonheads.com › gassing › topic


Sept 9, 2012 — Every 12 months or at half the mileage recommended by the manufacturer 'normal' service schedule on the dd. otolith. 48,581 posts. 183 ...

So sorry, I don't buy into your NA scare tactics, your a brit and don't live here, so unless you do, maybe best not to comment on NA policy when UK sources say the opposeite

Conclusion
You’ll have noticed that I haven’t managed to answer the question, how often should I change my engine oil? For the simple fact that there are so many variables these days. There really is no such thing as a ‘one size fits all solution’.

But, what I can tell you is this. Change your engine oil as often as possible, while maintaining a little common sense about it. Manufacturers schedules must be taken as absolute maximum times. The vehicles we see in our workshop that have critical engine problems, are usually those that are serviced minimally and infrequently.
As a rule of thumb, most modern vehicle engines will benefit from having their oil flushed, the oil filter replaced and new engine oil added at least once a year, or every 10,000 miles at the most. Even if the vehicle manufacturer says it is too soon!

It always pays dividends to form a relationship with a garage like Liphook Auto Services who’ll give you up front honest pricing, you’ll get the job done right, and you won’t end up with a repair bill you need to speak to your bank manager about! As members of the Good Garage Scheme, we also follow their ‘Industry Standard Service Plan’ which ensures consistency across all Good Garage Scheme members, and gives the customer the confidence that their vehicle has been serviced to the highest standard.
 

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<confused> so you do an oil change and DON'T change the filter ? that doesn't make any sense at all.

That's nothing I know that anyone advises. Oil and filter or additional filter YES, because I do that, I do twice yearly and then I sometimes throw in just an oil filter.

Seem's crazy to me, do you have any source (reputable) that has advised NOT to change a filter ?
because if that's your own thing, God bless you, but nothing I've ever heard in 40+ years

What filters better a new filter or an old one ? yes the new filter well flow more oil but a used one will filter better. With the Schedule being two years I leave the filter and just drop the oil. The B58 has been known to split a filter on removal so I in the mindset that BMW can have that headache.
 

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Nazali, you seem convinced that your manual says you need annual oil changes. That may or may not be so in Canada but it certainly isn't so for mainstream Europe. Perhaps they allow for the more extreme weather conditions there. It may indeed be sensible to change more often, in fact it certainly is, that is not really in doubt but BMW don't require it, for Euro car at least and it buggers up the idrive history if you record it.

pps if you haven't heard about doing interim (non recorded) oil changes while leaving the filter in place, I suggest you have very little knowledge about the major issues with the B58 filter. It is a specific B58 issue, you would normally and routinely change both oil and filter on other engines where the risk of filter failure isnt so great. Under warranty at least, leave a filter change to a dealer. Out of warranty it becomes your problem either way.
 

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<confused> so you do an oil change and DON'T change the filter ? that doesn't make any sense at all.

That's nothing I know that anyone advises. Oil and filter or additional filter YES, because I do that, I do twice yearly and then I sometimes throw in just an oil filter.

Seem's crazy to me, do you have any source (reputable) that has advised NOT to change a filter ?
because if that's your own thing, God bless you, but nothing I've ever heard in 40+ years
have a read on here regards the b58 filter issue lots of owners just drop the oil.
BMW engineered the filter to last 2 years.......
 
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