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      08-05-2009, 02:40 PM   #1
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128i break-in period

Hey guys,

I just bought and drove home my first bimmer, a brand new 128i, on Monday and now I am spending my free time getting acquainted with the stack of manuals and reference guides it came with. The owner's manual mentions break-in very briefly and states that engine and differential break-in period is 1,200 miles. Should I possibly keep breaking-in longer than that, because i know the m3 fully breaks-in at 5,00mi. I am trying to accelerate EXTREMELY smoothly and it's torture not being able to rev past 3,000 or 4,000. Also, I am under BMW's new 4 year maintenance coverage, will they do any kind of service after 1,200 or 2,300mi?

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      08-05-2009, 02:57 PM   #2
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No maintenance service is provided free until 15K miles or one year.

But many on this board are of the opinion that you should pay for additional oil changes, especially within the first year, if you intend to keep the car longer than the four years that are covered.
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      08-05-2009, 04:28 PM   #3
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I had my first oil Change at 4 months! Remember, it is a Twin Turbo......
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      08-06-2009, 08:54 AM   #4
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^ Well, the original poster doesn't have a twin turbo.....

I did a break-in oil change at ~ 1200 miles using BMW oil and filter kit. (Obtainable through your dealer or an online vendor, expect to pay ~ $60 for 7 qts of BMW oil and the filter.) It's very simple to do if you have a set of good ramps a drain pan and some basic tools. (DIYs are in this forum if you search.)

Mike Miller, tech guru for the BMWCCA and Bimmer magazine recommends also doing a change of the rear differential fluid as well as the manual transmission fluid (but not automatic transmissions,) at the same time. The rear diff does not have a drain plug, so you'll either have to have someone remove the entire differential cover (expect to pay ~ $500 for this,) or have them use an extractor to siphon the fluid out of the drain plug (~$150).

None of this is covered as part of your BMW free maintenance, so if you're leasing the car, you could probably skip all of this without noticing any ill effects. If you're planning on keeping the car for a longer period of time (as I am,) it might behoove you to do them.

You can get a free copy of Mike Miller's recommended "old school" maintenance schedule by e-mailing him at techtalk@roundel.org and asking him.
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