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Modern BMW's use a  Service Interval Light system. The lights will indicate when you are due for service based on your driving habits. 

Here's how it works:

Normal Conditions
normal
Up to five green lights illuminate depending on vehicle use since new or last maintenance. Reduction of illuminated green lights is a countdown for the next service due.
Oil Service Alert
oil service
All green lights are off and only the yellow light is illuminated along with the "Oil Service" sign, alerting you that oil service is necessary.
Inspection Service Alert
inspection
All green lights are off and only the yellow light is illuminated along with the "Inspection" sign, alerting you that this service is necessary.
Overdue Inspection Service Alert
inspection overdue
The red light will illuminate along with the yellow one to serve as a warning that service is overdue; and in the interest of read safety and reliability, avoid driving your BMW. Schedule an appointment immediately.
Re-set to Normal Condition
reset to normal
Once the required service is performed, the technician resets the service interval indicator to "normal" conditions to compute the next service / maintenance interval. If you do your own maintenance, you can get a service reset tool to reset the lights yourself.

In 1996, BMW lowered maintenance guidelines due to their introduction of the scheduled maintenance service. This upgrade in service extends your BMW's longevity and performance.

The BMW service intervals consist of three main service groups.

  • Oil Service: Engine oil and filter change and additional preventative maintenance services.
  • Inspection I: Major vehicle maintenance as specified in your Service Booklet.
  • Inspection II: Additional major vehicle maintenance as specified in your Service Booklet.
Also, there are additional services that are required annually, which consist of: (These are excluded from the main service groups.)
  • Brake fluid flush
  • Coolant fluid flush
  • If your BMW is equipped with a timing belt (M20 engine), the timing belt should be replaced every 4 years or 50,000 miles which ever occurs first.
  • Oxygen sensor replacement
mechanics

Here is a table you can use to determine when maintenance is required:

  • You should follow BMW's factory guidelines step by step to meet all BMW factory warranty requirements. 

  • Always refer to your owner's manual for a detailed description of the services for your model year.
Mileage Range Service Intervals
Recommended between Service Intervals Intermediate oil change
7,500 to 10,000  Oil Service
Recommended between Service Intervals Intermediate oil change
15,000 to 20,000 Inspection I
Recommended between Service Intervals Intermediate oil change
22,500 to 30,000 Oil Service
Recommended between Service Intervals Intermediate oil change
30,000 to 40,000 Inspection II
Recommended between Service Intervals Intermediate oil change
37,500 to 50,000 Oil Service
Recommended between Service Intervals Intermediate oil change
45,000 to 60,000 Inspection I
Recommended between Service Intervals Intermediate oil change
52,500 to 70,000 Oil Service
Recommended between Service Intervals Intermediate oil change
60,000 to 80,000 Inspection II
Recommended between Service Intervals Intermediate oil change
67,500 to 90,000 Oil Service
Recommended between Service Intervals Intermediate oil change
75,000 to 100,000 Inspection I

links

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Maintenance and repair service from Authorized BMW Dealers.

Maintenance and repair service from BMW Independent Repair Shops.

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