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Old Feb 16th, 2013, 09:14 AM
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Techno-advice, please.

Is there a disadvantage to changing the oil & filter early on a new vehicle? I'm about to take delivery of a Cooper D and I'm likely to keep it a long time. When I mentioned about an early oil change, the dealer said that they did not recommend it but could not say why.

It is my fourth Mini (Cooper, S, JCW) and I've had the oil and filter changed at about 1,000 miles on each before reverting to the normal service intervals. I'm still running my original (May 2004) Cooper at 239,400 miles and the engine still runs sweetly.

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Old Feb 16th, 2013, 06:58 PM
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As long as the oil change is done correctly there should be no problem doing it early.

My new countryman cooper d is getting an oil/filter change every 8000m miles, instead of the 16000 mile schedule service.

I have experience of the mini cooper s death rattle & im never going to let my cars go 16000 miles without an oil change again. The mini cooper s has only done 40000 miles & its had x2 timing belt/sprocket/tensioner & guide changes.
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my cooper s gets an oil change once a year,max mileage is 5k..as an ex mechanic,i don't believe in the 16-20k oil changes.

early oil & filter changes,your engine will thank you for it..
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Maybe the dealer says they dont recommend it is because you would do it yourself and then they cant charge you more like.
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Old Feb 17th, 2013, 09:19 AM
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Absolutely no reason not to change oil/filter early for any technical or engineering reasons........oil service intervals have got longer simply because oils and engines have improved enough to allow manufacturers to extend service intervals as a selling point. If you wish to keep your car long beyond the manufacturers warranty period then early oil changes can only help you achieve longer engine life with minimal wear and tear.

As an example.....many early MINI's with the common Midland gearbox bearing failures would still be running today on their original boxes outside warranty, had an 'old fashioned' oil change been specified instead of the modern no maintenance required 'filled for life' policy of BMW and other manufacturers.......
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Thanks, guys. I still do not have a delivery date but I'll be scheduling an oil/filter change again after about 1,000 miles. My Cooper is about to turn 240,000, so I believe it is of benefit!
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they used to say that the manufacturer put additives in a new engine and it was unwise to have a first oil change done early due to this.

this is the only reason that would go against an early first oil change.

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I change my oil every 12 months using Mobil1, I only do
around 7,000 a year!
You cannot over look after your car!!!
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As someone who has not yet done their first MINI oil change, I would be interested in just how others have lifted their MINI to actually do an oil change.

Curious ....
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Better change mine then I think its done 13 miles in the last 12 months.
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Provided that the oil modify is done properly there should be no issue doing it beginning.
My new countryman cooper is getting an oil/ filter modify every 9000 kilometers, instead of the 16000 distance routine assistance. . . . .
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