How Often Should You Have Your Oil Changed?


“How often should you have your oil changed?” It’s a common question we get at the BMW of Murrieta service department. If you’ve wondered the same thing, know that you aren’t alone! Many Corona and Riverside car owners aren’t quite sure whether they’re getting their oil changed too often or not often enough. Oil change frequency can vary based on your make and model—BMW recommends an oil change at least every 10,000 miles—as well as your driving habits, but the average interval recommended by most professionals is between 7,500 and 10,000 miles. Check your owner’s manual to find out how often you should change your oil, and read on for more oil change tips from our team! 

Determining Your Oil Change Frequency

We’ve established that the answer to “How often should you change your oil?” can vary based on a few factors, including your individual driving habits. But what does that mean, exactly? While the rule of thumb says you should have an oil change every 7,500 to 10,000 miles, if you regularly use your vehicle for any of the following activities around Ontario, you may need to follow a higher oil change frequency:

  • Off-roading
  • Commercial use
  • Racing
  • Heavy towing

Feel free to contact our service advisors to get professional help creating an oil change schedule that’s based on your make, model, and the type of driving you do!

More Oil Change Information 

  • Do you know whether your car needs synthetic or conventional oil? Most vehicles on the road can use either type, but there are some models that specifically require full synthetic oil. Although synthetic costs more, it’s often able to last longer between oil changes, so you can look forward to a lower oil change frequency. 
  • Don’t take your car out very often? Even so, you should get an oil change once per year. Over time, your oil quality can still falter, and you don’t want dirty oil in your car. 
  • Every oil change should include an oil filter change as well. A reputable service department like the one at BMW of Murrieta will know to do this, but if you’re changing your oil at home, you can get an OEM oil filter for your BMW at our parts center.

When Do You Need to Check the Oil Level?

Between oil changes, it’s important to check the oil level and quality. This should be done at least once per month. In addition to checking the oil level, you’ll also want to note the texture and color of the oil. If it looks dirty or is very dark, it’s time for an oil change.

Oil Service in Murrieta

Whether you’re driving a BMW or another type of vehicle, you can get a fast and affordable oil change at BMW of Murrieta! We can complete oil changes in about an hour at our dealership service center, and we even provide ongoing service specials to keep routine maintenance budget-friendly. Schedule your next visit online to get started today!


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