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      12-31-2012, 03:39 PM   #45
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so ur saying the 328i rwd 6mt has a aluminum oil pan?
No, that's not what I'm saying. I have a 2013 328i 6MT (RWD), and it most definitely has a plastic oil pan (and plastic plug).
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      01-09-2013, 11:07 PM   #46
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Oil change

I also did an oil change on a 328i 07
Oil capacity is closer to 6.3 quarts.
Hold on to your wallet when its time to service the transmission if its an automatic. An independent BMW shop wanted $ 800. I You-Tubed and Bimmerfested the procedure and DIY for about $200.
BMW used to say lifetime Trans fluid but really who believes that.

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Our 328i hit 4k miles today. This is our family's 1st BMW and 15k/1year oil change interval seemed really cool but scares the hell out of me. I change engine oil around 3k~5k for all of our family cars. My personal 03 G35 coupe bought new 9 years ago has 156k miles and still runs like champ I still believe it's because I change engine oil (synthetic) every 3k~4k miles.

I tried to search for engine oil capacity for our N20 engine, but had no luck. Owners manual just tells you to get engine oil change at the dealer... which is very informative... I called local BMW dealer today and asked one of the service adviser how much engine oil one should put with a new engine filter. The guy tells me 7qts... it seemed too much for a 2.0L engine (ex. Nissan 3.5L engines take 5qts) so I told him to check again for me. He put me on hold and got back to me 5 min later saying he was wrong and the engine should take 5 quarts after the oil change I ran the oil level check in the vehicle info screen, it was right at the top of max mark.

bought the filter from the dealer ($13.74), 5qts of 5w-30 Mobil 1 synthetic from walmart ($28)... and 30 min of my weekend time.

the oil from the engine was REALLY dirty. Way too dirty/black for me to have it in the car for another 11k miles, the 1st oil change the BMW has scheduled for the car. Also, I found very small chunks of metal bottom of the oil drain pan which I clearly cleaned before doing the engine oil change. This clearly is not good for the engine in long run.

Many people who lease the car prob wont give a $hit, but I just wanted to inform those of who wants to keep the car for many years to come.
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I also did an oil change on a 328i 07
Oil capacity is closer to 6.3 quarts.
Hold on to your wallet when its time to service the transmission if its an automatic. An independent BMW shop wanted $ 800. I You-Tubed and Bimmerfested the procedure and DIY for about $200.
BMW used to say lifetime Trans fluid but really who believes that.
jclass, i think 07 328i had a 3.0L I6 engine... F30 328i has 2.0L I4
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Is the plastic drain plug reusable?
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Is the plastic drain plug reusable?
The filter comes with a replacement plug, so no need to reuse the old one.

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Whats the part number for the oil filter.
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Whats the part number for the oil filter.
Fopr a 328i, it's 11427640862

http://realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?...34&hg=11&fg=30

But when you order it, you should order the kit that comes with the o-ring and a new plug.
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Mobil 1

On my 2007 3 series...my 'independent' mechanic said that the Mobil 1 does not meet all the criteria for BMW engines. It is a suitable substitute when the prescribed oils are not available.

His price for BMW oil (in bulk) was only modestly higher than Mobil 1.

On a new car...under warranty...he suggested contacting BMW as to warranty issues in using Mobil 1 continuously. I have yet to do that. (I have an F30 on order).

The whole debate on oil brands and specs...really came to light this summer at the BMW National Motorad (motorcycle) Rally. A very good oil seminar showed the differences between synthetics...and why some would be recommended, and others not for BMW motorcycle engines.

Although the topic here is BMW autos...this seminar gave added reason to heed my mechanic's comments.

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The filter comes with a replacement plug, so no need to reuse the old one.

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My BMW oil filter came with replacement o-rings, but not a replacement plug itself. I just reused the plastic plug (with a new o-ring), I didn't see any reason it couldn't be reused. I guess next time I'll ask for the kit that includes a replacement plug.
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Did my first oil change yesterday at 6200 miles and other than having to jack up the car on to my ramps, it was pretty uneventful. One thing I noticed is that this car is low!! It doesn't seem any lower than my previous car (lowered VW GLI), but even after the car was on the ramps, I had very little room to move around. Maybe it's the full-length underbody tray, but I felt a little claustrophobic down there.

Filled mine up with Mobil 1 0W-40 Euro formula. Found it at Wal-Mart for $6.99 qt. Was a little hesitant to use the 40, but since I live in PHX and my car is inside mostly, I figured I'd be fine. One thing I wonder is that since these are out of "Scheduled Maintenance" changes, couldn't I just use an SM rated oil not specified by BMW. I mean, the BMW LL is supposed to be used because they figure that most owners only change oil based on when their car tells them to, so maybe it has to last longer, but since I'll change mine somewhere between 5-7.5k miles, do we really need to hunt around for the pricey Euro-formula stuff?
Yes..you should use what BMW suggests. If you ever have a warranty issue...I would not tell them of your interim oil changes using Mobil One.
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jclass, i think 07 328i had a 3.0L I6 engine... F30 328i has 2.0L I4
Actually...the 2007 328i (a 6 cylinder) takes nearly 7 quarts of oil when you change the filter.
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Yes..you should use what BMW suggests. If you ever have a warranty issue...I would not tell them of your interim oil changes using Mobil One.
The Mobil-1 I used is the 0W-40 European Formula that is an approved BMW LL-01 oil.
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Any clue as to the thread type on the drain plug? After factory service is over with I think this would make oil changes just that much easier.

http://www.stahlbus.com/info/en/prod...l-drain-valves
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Any clue as to the thread type on the drain plug? After factory service is over with I think this would make oil changes just that much easier.

http://www.stahlbus.com/info/en/prod...l-drain-valves
I had something like this for my GLI...it was nice an prevented oil from going everywhere. Those of us with plastic oil pans are probably out of luck though.
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The Mobil-1 I used is the 0W-40 European Formula that is an approved BMW LL-01 oil.
If you read the BMW bulletin carefully...it says first.... if you need to top off the oil....and BMW oil is not available...the listed (non-BMW) oils will suffice....the EURO FORMULA MOBIL 1 IS NOT ON THE LIST. The US version is.

Later, the bulletin becomes a bit confusing....as it says the 4 non-BMW oils are acceptable. Does that mean...Acceptable for your oil change...or just topping off?

There is a difference between the US and European oils. Those differences address the differences in sulfur content between the European fuel and the US/Canadian fuel. (BMW US OIL SPEC IS LL-01....EUROPEAN SPEC IS LL-04).

My question....why not buy the BMW oil for $1 more per quart than Mobil 1. What is $5 savings...on a $40-$50k car??

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I used Amsoil 5w40, which does meet LL01 spec and is pretty common. Mobil 1 has been falling out of favor lately, and my last oil analysis w/Blackstone with Mobil 1 0w40 a few years back wasn't the best. I switched to 5w40 Amsoil in my old 99 Saab 9-3 Viggen and was impressed, so given that it meets BMW's spec I'll continue to use it here.
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If you read the BMW bulletin carefully...it says first.... if you need to top off the oil....and BMW oil is not available...the listed (non-BMW) oils will suffice....the EURO FORMULA MOBIL 1 IS NOT ON THE LIST. The US version is.

Later, the bulletin becomes a bit confusing....as it says the 4 non-BMW oils are acceptable. Does that mean...Acceptable for your oil change...or just topping off?

There is a difference between the US and European oils. Those differences address the differences in sulfur content between the European fuel and the US/Canadian fuel. (BMW US OIL SPEC IS LL-01....EUROPEAN SPEC IS LL-04).

My question....why not buy the BMW oil for $1 more per quart than Mobil 1. What is $5 savings...on a $40-$50k car??
By default, the Mobil-1 0W-40 in the US is called the "European Car Formula". It's not the same as Pennzoil making two versions of Platinum; one being the "regular" formula and the other being the "Euro" formula.

The bottle clearly states that the 0W-40 is BMW LL-01 approved.

Feel free to peruse the data sheet Mobil.

http://www.mobil.com/USA-English/Lub...l_1_0W-40.aspx

As for why I didn't get the BMW branded oil for my between interval oil change, it's two things:

1.) Availability. I can walk into literally any Wal-Mart in PHX and buy the stuff rather than have to make a special trip to the dealer to pick it up.

2.) Principle. I don't want to have to pay a $1-2 premium for re-branded Castrol
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How do you reset the oil level? after the oil change?
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Could be worse... my Porsche required 9 Quarts of high end synthetic and you had to replace the drain plug each time. Dealers charged $300 for an oil change!

I usually did it myself but even that sucked.. ~$80 for oil, $20 for drain plug, $30 for filter.

The drain plug was light weight aluminum and was easily stripped, that's why they advised to replace each time. I am not sure if BMW's are the same, but for those doing it yourselves.. you may want to buy an extra one to have around just in case.
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Anyone know the torque spec for the drain plug?
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Anyone know the torque spec for the drain plug?


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Oh, oops. For some reason I thought that was for the oil filter.
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