1998 BMW 318i Oil Change Service

When to Change 1998 BMW 318i Engine Oil

Looking for oil change recommendations for your 1998 BMW 318i? Get the advice you need at Firestone Complete Auto Care! We're experts in more than tires. We know all about motor oil, too. After all, like our maintenance technician Brianna says, “Oil is the blood of the engine. It’s the #1 thing you can do for your car.”

BMW recommends having your 1998 BMW 318i’s motor oil changed at regular intervals. Check the interval for your vehicle mileage in the table above. No matter the mileage, your 318i may need its oil changed ASAP if your check engine light is on, you hear engine knocking, sense an oil smell in the cabin, or see an excess amount of vehicle exhaust. You might need an oil change more frequently than what’s recommended by BMW if you regularly haul heavy loads, drive in dusty areas, enjoy off-roading, or drive at low speeds for long distances. In general, being extra-diligent about oil changes won’t damage 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 Type of Oil Does My BMW 318i Need?

Whether you need high mileage oil, synthetic oil, or conventional oil, you'll find the right 1998 BMW 318i motor oil at Firestone Complete Auto Care. BMW has specifically identified either synthetic or conventional as the best motor oil for your 1998 318i. This oil helps lubricate engine parts, keep the engine cool, and prevent the build-up of harmful substances within the engine. In an oil change service, 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 important fluids, and perform a free inspection on the rest of your vehicle. You can rest assured knowing that we seek to do what’s best for your 318i by considering your driving habits, and the number of miles on your odometer.

Types of Motor Oil for BMWs

Wondering what motor oil brands you can find at Firestone Complete Auto Care? We carry the best because your 318i deserves the best. Consult BMW's recommendations to select the right  1998 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 are plenty of motor oils on the market today, so why do we prefer these brands? They are tested and trusted. For example, when tested on taxi fleets from coast to coast, Quaker State was shown to provide double the protection when compared to the industry standard. [1] And Pennzoil? Pennzoil Synthetics are the most technologically advanced, fully formulated motor oils available and exceed current industry and manufacturer requirements. Then there's Shell Rotella heavy-duty engine oil. It's expressly designed for gasoline and diesel engines that need to withstand rugged conditions, and is fortified 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 1998 BMW 318i.

Where to Get an Oil Change for BMW 318i

The next time your BMW 318i needs an oil change, you know where to turn. Your nearest Firestone Complete Auto Care has the ideal oil for your 318i’s engine. We’ve got convenient appointment times to take care of you, 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 offer extended and weekend openings 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.

1998 BMW 318i Oil Change Q&A

  • Should I check my BMW 318i motor oil level? Engine oil is a lubricant for the moving parts in your engine. If your oil runs low, these components can grind against each other, overheat, and cause your 318i’s engine to fail. That’s why you’re better off checking your oil levels and investing in routine lube services.
  • How hard is it to change 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 exhaust smoke gray or blue? You could have an oil leak and have a case of burning oil. It may be time for a pro to take a look. The leak could be caused by several issues like leaking valve seals, blown piston rings, or old cylinder walls.

Get an Oil Change for Your BMW 318i

Help your 1998 BMW 318i run newer, longer with routine oil changes. Schedule your oil change appointment today.