Recommended BMW Maintenance Schedule

Applies to models using synthetic oils.

Here is what we recommend for our BMWs to take them through the warranty period – and beyond. Make sure you scroll to the bottom of this page to see the Additional Notes for Regular Scheduled Maintenance.

Service Frequency Starting At
Oil Service Every 10,000 miles Starting at 5000 miles
Minor 1 Service Every 20,000 miles Starting at 10,000 miles
Major 2 Service 1 Every 40,000 miles Starting at 20,000 miles
Major 3 Service 2 Every 40,000 miles Starting at 40,000 miles


  1. Includes BMW “Engine Oil Service”
  2. Includes BMW “Inspection I”
  3. Includes BMW “Inspection II”

Additional Notes for Regular Scheduled Maintenance:

  • Engine cooling system flush: every 36 months
  • Hydraulic system (brake and clutch) flush: every 12 months;  read why
  • Body inspection: every 36 months
  • Rotate and balance tires: every 6,000 to 8,000 miles; read why
  • Automatic transmission service: every Inspection II or approximately 40,000 miles; read why
  • Power steering system flush: every 30,000 miles
  • Diagnostic test of SRS/MRS airbag system: during every Inspection II
  • Hydraulic leveling system flush: every 50,000 miles or 48 months
  • Oil change: every 5,000 to 7,000 miles or every 12 months; read why
  • Minor service (driven under 10,000 miles per/year): every 12 months
  • Fuel and air filter change: every major service; read why
  • External micro-filter: included with every Inspection I/Inspection II
  • Internal micro-filter: every 36 months or 36,000 miles
  • Alignment: every 25,000 miles
  • Fuel tank inspection for contamination: every 3 years
  • Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF/Urea Fluid) flush and refill service every 15,000 miles or when needed.

(not every item applies to all cars)

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