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      07-10-2011, 09:49 AM   #1
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Driving M3 for a road trip

Guys, i will be driving my new M3 for a long road trip, over 1600+miles, i know the first service will be 1200 miles, what if i do it after 1200miles? is there gonna be any problems? and is it possible to do the service in another state which my car wasn't registered in?
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      07-10-2011, 10:02 AM   #2
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Doesn't matter at all. You might wanna take it still easy until they change all the fluids, but you can also find a BMW dealership anywhere and get the service done. It's just a service, no inspection, so the state doesn't matter.

Enjoy the trip in your new M3... you'll love it!
Thanks! I will sure take care of it, if i can do the service in a bmw dealership on the way, it could be a lot better and much easier.
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      07-10-2011, 10:12 AM   #3
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I had my first one at 1450 miles because I was on the road.
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it is better to do the service earlier rather than later, IMO. Is it possible for you to find a BMW dealership you will get to along the route of your road trip? that way you can schedule it in advance in the next 1000 miles and stop like a "pit stop". that'd be cool.
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I had my first one at 1450 miles because I was on the road.
Thanks. How's the oil level after 1450 miles?
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Thanks. How's the oil level after 1450 miles?
No problem. I think it's more about the metal shavings and grit than the oil level.
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Your intelligent M3 will indicate need for service after 1200miles...am sure there is a dealership where you are headed, either way take it in once you get there. I have driven my car from Milwaukee to Kiawah Island/beach SC and covered more than 1200miles..was a blast, so have fun
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Thanks. How's the oil level after 1450 miles?
Take some oil with you. After 300 miles on my car the oil has gone from 3/4 full to 1/2 full on the indicator. I purchased a 5 litre jug of German made Lubro Moly 10w60 just keep on standby in case I can't get to a dealer.
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it is better to do the service earlier rather than later, IMO. Is it possible for you to find a BMW dealership you will get to along the route of your road trip? that way you can schedule it in advance in the next 1000 miles and stop like a "pit stop". that'd be cool.
I'm sure i will find one along my route. I'm just not sure if the dealership would do the service for me, will i get a loaner car also?
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Your intelligent M3 will indicate need for service after 1200miles...am sure there is a dealership where you are headed, either way take it in once you get there. I have driven my car from Milwaukee to Kiawah Island/beach SC and covered more than 1200miles..was a blast, so have fun
You must've had a fun trip, hope mine won't be disappointing.
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Take some oil with you. After 300 miles on my car the oil has gone from 3/4 full to 1/2 full on the indicator. I purchased a 5 litre jug of German made Lubro Moly 10w60 just keep on standby in case I can't get to a dealer.
Thanks! I sure will. But I think i will be able to find a dealership along my route.
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Take some oil with you. After 300 miles on my car the oil has gone from 3/4 full to 1/2 full on the indicator. I purchased a 5 litre jug of German made Lubro Moly 10w60 just keep on standby in case I can't get to a dealer.
Maybe I'm the exception, but my oil indicator did not show any loss of oil by 1,200 miles. I can't rule out the oil indicator was faulty. After the 1,200 mile service I did see some loss and needed a top off.

Still, good advice on picking up some oil for the trip. Better safe than sorry.
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Be sure to vary the RPM in the first 1200 miles. You don't want to get on the highway and keep it at 3,000 RPM for 1,000 miles.

I didn't do my service until I got the car back from Euro Delivery. The car had about 1450 on it when I got the service done.
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