From digest.v7.n558 Sat Nov 8 19:16:19 1997
From: Jim Cash <j.cash at sympatico.ca>
Date: Sat, 08 Nov 1997 14:07:46 -0500
Subject: Re: Service Lights
Philip Graham writes:
> I have a new BMW 328i with about 3200 miles on it. I got it new with 8
> It gets nearly 100 percent highway miles. But I am concerned that none
> of the green lights have gone out yet.
> Any thoughts on this?
I am not sure how the 328i SI calculates the data to extinguish the
green SI lights, but, if it is the same as third generation (SIA III)
the current E38 (7 Series) & E39 (5 Series), then the oil change
interval is based on the use of 1500 litres of fuel.
This is measured by the engine computer as it spits out fuel through the
injectors. The data is transferred to the SI unit where the tally is
kept. This is quite accurate.
Each time 20% of that volume is consumed (300 litres) a green indicator
is turned off (from left to right)
When you have consumed 1500 Liters all green lights are off and the
yellow one comes on.
The red one comes on if you use another 120 litres without an oil
At an average consumption for highway of 8 - 10 L/100km, the first lamp
should go out somewhere between 2200 & 3000 kms, or probably about 1600
Unless you are getting "really" good milage it looks like your SI is a
Since the car is new I would check with the service manager at the
Personally, I change my oil more frequently (usually after 2-3 lights
out) and especially for the first few changes.
Hope that helps
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