Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: How often to change the oil

asked by on

Hello, I need some advice related to oil changing in my car. I am not sure about the BMW's recommendation. I changed my oil at 12,000 miles. My car has gone 18,000 miles. According to the service indicator, I should wait more before I change my oil. It's now been 6,000 miles from the last oil change. I drive around the city half the time. Also, half the time I drive on the highway, going on 50-mile trips. How often should I change oil?

Most of the time you will want to go with the manufacturer’s recommendation for oil change intervals. However, if the oil change interval is a very high number such as one with five digits, I certainly dont think it would hurt to change the oil a little sooner. You could actually change your oil every day if you wanted to and would not harm your vehicle in any way.

A general rule of thumb is somewhere between three and five thousand miles. On full synthetic oil it is ok to go closer to the five thousand mark. Owning a luxurious car can make an owner nervous about waiting such a long time between oil changes, so, knowing that changing your oil as often as you want will not harm your vehicle, your mind should be at ease.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. How often to change the oil

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Battery light voltage is low and air conditioner blows on off air car making a squeal sound

Hi there. The squeal might be coming from the alternator drive pulley, which could be the source of the battery voltage issues, AC performance problems and hard to start deal on your Saturn. When the belt that powers the alternator...

Q: My car ran hot and now it won't start

Hi there. An overheated engine is not a good thing. A severely overheated engine could mean catastrophic damage has occurred. Assuming the engine does not turn over, this would lead me to believe the engine has seized or the head...

Q: My car will not crank and has a yellow exclamation point on the dash.

Hi there. There seems to be a couple of things that are not functioning. First the battery seems to have a low power and possibly a burned cell. Also, the fuel system may have air in it due to running...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.