1997 BMW 318i Oil Change Service

How Often to Get 1997 BMW 318i Oil Changes

Looking for oil change recommendations for your 1997 BMW 318i? Turn to Firestone Complete Auto Care! We're experts in more than tires. Oil and lube services are also our specialties. We couldn’t put it better than our technician, Brianna. She likes to explain to customers that, “Oil is the blood of the engine. It’s the #1 thing you can do for your car.”

BMW recommends having your 1997 BMW 318i’s motor oil changed at regular intervals. See mileage and month specifics in the above table. No matter the mileage, your 318i may need its oil changed ASAP if your check engine light is on, you hear knock knock knock coming from the engine, sense an oil smell in the cabin, or notice excess vehicle exhaust. You might need an oil change more frequently than what’s recommended by BMW if you regularly haul heavy loads, frequent dusty roads, enjoy off-roading, or go at low speeds on long distance trips. Generally, getting more frequent oil changes won’t hurt your BMW 318i. In fact, more frequent oil changes give our technicians more opportunities to catch and alert you to any issues, like worn brake pads or a weak battery.

What Kind of Oil Should I Get for My BMW 318i?

Whether you need high mileage oil, synthetic oil, or conventional oil, you'll find the right 1997 BMW 318i motor oil at Firestone Complete Auto Care. BMW has most likely outlined either synthetic or conventional as the best motor oil for your 1997 318i. Motor oil helps lubricate the engine’s moving parts, keep the engine cool, and prevent the build-up of harmful substances within the engine. During an oil change, an auto technician will change your 318i’s oil, replace and recycle your used oil and filter, inspect all of your other filters, top-off essential fluids, and visually inspect the rest of the vehicle. You can rest assured knowing that we seek to do what’s best for your 318i by considering your driving style, weather and road conditions,

Types of Motor Oil for BMWs

Wondering if we carry the right motor oil for your BMW? We carry the best because your 318i deserves the best. Consult BMW's recommendations to select the right  1997 318i oil and talk with a teammate to learn more about our oil options: Quaker State® Advanced Durability™ conventional oil, Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle® motor oil, Pennzoil Platinum® Full Synthetic motor oil with PurePlus™ Technology, and Shell Rotella® heavy-duty engine oil. There's a reason we carry these motor oil brands. They are champions. For example, when tested in taxi fleets across North America, Quaker State was shown to provide 2x more protection than the industry standard. [1] There's also Pennzoil. Unlike traditional synthetic motor oils, the Pennzoil Platinum® Full Synthetic line of motor oils with PurePlus® Technology is formulated from pure natural gas, which helps lead to better performance. But don't forget about Shell Rotella for heavy-duty engines. It's made for gasoline and diesel engines that need to overcome the strenuous working conditions, and is uniquely strengthened to deliver heightened performance in extreme temperatures, increased wear protection, and better oxidation resistance. Always refer to BMW's recommendations before going with a new or different motor oil for your 1997 BMW 318i.

Where Can I Get a BMW 318i Oil Change

The next time your BMW 318i needs an oil change, you’ll know where to get it. Your local Firestone Complete Auto Care has some of the best motor oil for BMW 318is. We’ll take care of you and your car at your convenience, with the right motor oil at the right price. Find out how much your BMW 318i oil change will cost by calling ahead. Get professional engine care by making an oil change appointment for your 318i today. Many stores are open late and on weekends for your convenience.

[1] ILSAC GF-5 represents the latest performance standard set by the International Lubricant Standardization and Approval Committee (ILSAC), a joint effort of U.S. and Japanese automobile manufacturers. Most automobile manufacturers are expected to recommend oils that meet ILSAC GF-5. API SN is the most recent service category issued by API’s Lubricants Group. Oils meeting API SN and the new “Resource Conserving” designation meet all ILSAC GF-5 performance requirements.

1997 BMW 318i Oil Change Q&A

  • What can low oil do to my BMW 318i engine? Engine oil lubricates moving parts in your engine. If your oil runs low, engine parts can grind together, generate excess heat, and eventually lead to BMW 318i engine failure. That’s why it’s best to check your oil levels and get your oil changed regularly.
  • Can I change my BMW 318i oil at home? First off, changing your own oil isn’t as easy as you’d think. You’ll have to figure out how to properly dispose of the oil and buy special tools. Having your oil professionally changed reduces the chances of something going wrong with the oil change, but it’ll also help your car perform smoothly down the road.
  • Why is my BMW 318i exhaust smoke grayish or blue? Your engine could be burning oil due to a leak. It may be time for a pro to take a look. A leak can be caused by a variety of issues including faulty valve seals, blown piston rings, or old cylinder walls.

Get an Oil Change for Your BMW 318i

Help your 1997 318i engine last longer with regular oil changes and lube service. Schedule an appointment now!