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      06-13-2021, 07:54 PM   #1
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$64 Oil Change on my M550i

10 quarts of Pennzoil Pure Clean Full Synthetic oil: $45.86 delivered (Wal-Mart)
1 BMW OEM oil filter: $18.00 (Amazon)
Oil service reset: Free
My Time: 30 minutes

Not paying the dealership for basic maintenance: Priceless

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Nice job, are you using this oil?
Pennzoil Platinum Euro SAE 5W-30 Full Synthetic Motor Oil
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      06-14-2021, 07:23 AM   #3
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Nice job, are you using this oil?
Pennzoil Platinum Euro SAE 5W-30 Full Synthetic Motor Oil
Yes -- I think I'll start going with 0W30 going forward based on an update from BMW on the recommendation.

I did also incur an additional one-time cost for the 86mm - 16 flute filter end cap wrench of $10.39 at my local auto parts store.

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Yes -- I think I'll start going with 0W30 going forward based on an update from BMW on the recommendation.

I did also incur an additional one-time cost for the 86mm - 16 flute filter end cap wrench of $10.39 at my local auto parts store.
I'm reading a lot of threads on bobistheiolguy.com about the difference between the BMW 0w-30 LL-01 FE, and the various BMW and aftermarket LL-01 oils (5w-30 and 5w-40) and the LL-01 spec oils have a higher HTHS and more robust additive package. Basically the LL-01 FE oils were weakened from LL-01 to meet fuel economy standards. BMW also updated the LL-01 spec a couple years ago, and now no 0w-xx oil meets LL-01. So all the previous LL-01 oils that were 0w-30 and 0w-40 like Mobil 1 Euro and Castrol Edge all lost LL-01 approvals. The more knowledgeable users there are advising stick with LL-01. As soon as I am out of warranty I will be using an LL-01 oil, either Pennzoil Euro or Quaker State Euro (they are basically the same) 5w-30 or 5w-40.
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I'm reading a lot of threads on bobistheiolguy.com about the difference between the BMW 0w-30 LL-01 FE, and the various BMW and aftermarket LL-01 oils (5w-30 and 5w-40) and the LL-01 spec oils have a higher HTHS and more robust additive package. Basically the LL-01 FE oils were weakened from LL-01 to meet fuel economy standards. BMW also updated the LL-01 spec a couple years ago, and now no 0w-xx oil meets LL-01. So all the previous LL-01 oils that were 0w-30 and 0w-40 like Mobil 1 Euro and Castrol Edge all lost LL-01 approvals. The more knowledgeable users there are advising stick with LL-01. As soon as I am out of warranty I will be using an LL-01 oil, either Pennzoil Euro or Quaker State Euro (they are basically the same) 5w-30 or 5w-40.
Great info! Looks like I'll keep doing what I'm doing, then.
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10 quarts of Pennzoil Pure Clean Full Synthetic oil: $45.86 delivered (Wal-Mart)
1 BMW OEM oil filter: $18.00 (Amazon)
Oil service reset: Free
My Time: 30 minutes

Not paying the dealership for basic maintenance: Priceless

And $4,000 grand for that lift! Nice set-up. I would change my own oil too if I had that!
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What’s the blue support for? Is the lift not sized correctly for the car ?
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What’s the blue support for? Is the lift not sized correctly for the car ?
They look like pan stands to catch fluid, not supports.
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What’s the blue support for? Is the lift not sized correctly for the car ?
Just an extra safety measure. I use one on the front and one on the rear of any car I put on the lift. They are essentially jack stands. The lift is rated for 10,000 pounds.

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You're gonna have to do 31 oil changes to offset the cost of that lift.
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You're gonna have to do 31 oil changes to offset the cost of that lift.
The lift was here long before the BMW. I'm a hobbyist and like to tinker. I also built my Factory Five Cobra replica and like to have the right tools to do the job. This lift gets used! By the way, I'm more than happy to let the dealer do pre-paid maintenance, but refuse to pay dealership rates for things I can do myself once out of the coverage period. I also have the tools to do top-side oil changes after buying my last Mercedes Benz that required (recommended) top-side oil changes.
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The lift was here long before the BMW. I'm a hobbyist and like to tinker. I also built my Factory Five Cobra replica and like to have the right tools to do the job. This lift gets used! By the way, I'm more than happy to let the dealer do pre-paid maintenance, but refuse to pay dealership rates for things I can do myself once out of the coverage period. I also have the tools to do top-side oil changes after buying my last Mercedes Benz that required (recommended) top-side oil changes.
All good! I am just being a wise ass, I am sure that lift has many uses over many different cars. I just got a kick out of the way your thread read to add up to $64 and then I scroll down to a $4,000 Bendpak! That thing would be so handy. Regardless of the price of paying someone to do stuff, just having the option to so easily do it yourself. Even something like rotating tires and swapping out winter/summer set-ups, that lift would take the stress of bringing to the local goodyear shop and having the newbie drive your car in and out.
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