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Old 9th February 2014, 22:24   #256
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Let me officially congratulate you on your thread for your win at the Drag strip :thumbup:

Pretty proud moment must be.

I was pretty excited to know about this win, when you told me today at our Fortuner Drive meet.

Bravo ! !
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Hi karan

Let me officially congratulate you on your thread for your win at the Drag strip :thumbup:

Pretty proud moment must be.

I was pretty excited to know about this win, when you told me today at our Fortuner Drive meet.

Bravo ! !
Hey Monaro,

Thanks man it indeed was a proud moment for me & the car.

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328i Named Best 'Sports Sedan' by Consumer Reports for the second consecutive year

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The BMW 3 Series has long set the standard for sports sedans. The current model delivers excellent handling and a high fun-to-drive factor. Itís also roomier, more luxurious, and more fuel-efficient than past models. The 328iís 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine is quick and thrifty, posting 28 mpg overall, which is best among gas-powered models in its class.
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Recently the car threw up an error saying the "engine oil level is low" ;

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So i drove her to the service center the next day to top it up. Double checked the engine oil grade from the owners manual in the i-drive;

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Quality Longlife 01, Check

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Pop open the hood;

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A well deserved drink

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Checking the engine oil level after the top up;

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And was well above the tolerance level;

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& good to go;

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Key notes;

Odo reading 11050 kms

Been a little more than 18 months now since have purchased the car & this is the 1st oil top up.

Also note the car hasn't been serviced yet, the computer still shows 2500 kms more for the 1st service

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Been a little more than 18 months now since have purchased the car & this is the 1st oil top up.

Also note the car hasn't been serviced yet, the computer still shows 2500 kms more for the 1st service
My car has run only 2500 kms so far and the message is flashing that the service is due in next 7000 kms. I am guessing diesel variants need a service earlier than the petrol counterparts?
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My car has run only 2500 kms so far and the message is flashing that the service is due in next 7000 kms. I am guessing diesel variants need a service earlier than the petrol counterparts?
There's no such fixed rule that diesel variants would require service before, but it more depends on the driving style, how you've treated your car in the running in period & thats how the car calculates the service intervals.

I had this similar chat with my SA & he said ideally diesels come in for their 1st service around 8-9k kms & similarly for petrols is around 10k again, but he also complimented me that i would have driven the car pretty well that the service is still holding up & will be scheduled around 13k mark which he said the previous best for a petrol BMW he had seen was 11.5k kms
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Recently the car threw up an error saying the "engine oil level is low" ;



Odo reading 11050 kms

Been a little more than 18 months now since have purchased the car & this is the 1st oil top up.

Also note the car hasn't been serviced yet, the computer still shows 2500 kms more for the 1st service
Kudos to your good driving.. I had a similar chat with an BMW engineer and he also told me it totally depends on the driving style. I sure you also get an excellent milage out of your car. The service interval also depends on the journey time and distance. If you have frequent stop start intervals then its different. My 1st service was also done around 8-9 k km but it was done without any warning on screen. It would have also lasted around 18 months. But im surprised how come its been more than 18 months. You need to get it checked as the service interval here in india is 18 months or 15k km before 1st service and the same for 2nd. My 2nd service is due in 4 months when it will be 18 months and its been almost 10k since the 1st service.
Your car computer probably hasn't been fed the correct starting date. The European date format is different than indian so if it was 01/07 it means 1st july here and 7th January in Germany. Get it rectified as thereis no reason for it to be more than 18 months in India.i had the same problem when I got my car and it was figured by the engineer when he saw the service date far beyond the limit. The longest interval seen in Germany was around 30k or so as told to be by the engineer as the person drove straight on the expressway and back and the running was in excellent conditions. Its good your showing good driving skills by extending the service life.
Its good you got it topped up as in Indian conditions the lubricants in the engine oil are all used up and topping up provides new lubricants. Did you also check the air filter? and the a/c microfilter? Those im sure will be clogged up. That's the main reason why you should get the service done in time if not before.The computer wil not show an error until the performance goes below a certain level. However its upto us to keep it under top conditions. The computer measures the engine oil quality and quantity using certain sensors and gives a warning.How accurate they are for Indian conditions is not very clear. Many auto enthusiasts change the oil filter etc after 1 year irrespective to get best performance. For indian conditions a washable air filter is the best as you can remove and wash it every few months and its even recommended by bmw.
When I went for a service even though the warning was not there the air filter was totally clogged. They cleaned it with air even though its not recommended as the service date was not shown on screen.
Are you under BSI ? If yes then hope the topping was done under BSI.
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Kudos to your good driving..
Thank you for your kind words

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Your car computer probably hasn't been fed the correct starting date. The European date format is different than indian so if it was 01/07 it means 1st july here and 7th January in Germany. Get it rectified as thereis no reason for it to be more than 18 months in India.
My car has been fed the right date and according to date the 1st service is due on May 2014.

So 1st service is due in 2500 kms or 05/2014, which ever comes first

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Are you under BSI ? If yes then hope the topping was done under BSI.
No, im not under BSI & hence had to pay Rs 1517/- for 1L of the engine oil.

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Karan, just a quick question.

I just purchased the C200 and the service interval is 15,000km or 1 year. Since you have had the car for 18 months and she is yet to serviced, is it better to follow the service interval specificed by the manufacturer or go by the computer? The Mercedes SA, at the time of delivery, stated that the car should be serviced within the 1 year/15000 km mark.

I ask this because I too, like you, have not opted for the service pack.

And one more thing: although i just joined the forum, have read this ownership report from day 1! fantastic piece of writing and congratulations on owning which is without an iota of doubt, one of the best drivers car (petrol) available under 50lacs today!
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My car has run only 2500 kms so far and the message is flashing that the service is due in next 7000 kms. I am guessing diesel variants need a service earlier than the petrol counterparts?
Mine seems different. I have done 6000 and it says another 6000 to go. Looks like I am not having enough fun
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Karan, just a quick question.

I just purchased the C200 and the service interval is 15,000km or 1 year. Since you have had the car for 18 months and she is yet to serviced, is it better to follow the service interval specificed by the manufacturer or go by the computer? The Mercedes SA, at the time of delivery, stated that the car should be serviced within the 1 year/15000 km mark.
I ask this because I too, like you, have not opted for the service pack.
IMO it is the best to go by the computer / car reading.

In your case its stated 15k kms / 1 year which is defined by the dealership / SA.

But what does the car computer say ? When is the 1st service required according to the car ?

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And one more thing: although i just joined the forum, have read this ownership report from day 1! fantastic piece of writing and congratulations on owning which is without an iota of doubt, one of the best drivers car (petrol) available under 50lacs today!
Thanks, i appreciate your comments

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There's no such fixed rule that diesel variants would require service before, but it more depends on the driving style, how you've treated your car in the running in period & thats how the car calculates the service intervals.

I had this similar chat with my SA & he said ideally diesels come in for their 1st service around 8-9k kms & similarly for petrols is around 10k again, but he also complimented me that i would have driven the car pretty well that the service is still holding up & will be scheduled around 13k mark which he said the previous best for a petrol BMW he had seen was 11.5k kms
That's probably due to you spending so much time in EcoPro mode.

RohanDheman - I think Mercedes itself recommends 1 year or 15k kms in India, so better to stick with that. I doubt the Mercs have variable service intervals in India.
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That's probably due to you spending so much time in EcoPro mode.

RohanDheman - I think Mercedes itself recommends 1 year or 15k kms in India, so better to stick with that. I doubt the Mercs have variable service intervals in India.
Akshay, you are right when you say that Mercedes recommends the 1 year/15k km service interval. However, after reading Karan's post, i did check the service assist in the car last night. Although the car completes 2 weeks today, the onboard computer says Service A in 361 days. Now compare this with the Skoda, which prompty reduces a day after the service is reset.

I guess it would prudent to follow the 1 year/15k kms interval and not be too relient on the computer.

Thanks for the inputs Karan and Aksay.

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Had organized a drive last weekend with a few BHPian & other friends to Aamby Valley via NH4, here are some pics;

Line up @ Palm beach road;

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En Route Aamby;

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Warning: Dont stare for too long, you may get Hypnotized

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The 3L oil Burner;

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That smile on our faces says it all about how exciting this drive was

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33 psi ? What pressure were you previously running ?
Hi Karan, I was previously running on 30. The ride does feel a lil bumpy, but no more "bubbles" till date (keeping my fingers crossed and eyes peeled to the road surface).


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