Oil change for JCW 2006 Mini Cooper S


#1

I recently purchased this very cool Mini in mint condition. Now it’s time for an oil change and, although I could take it to a dealer (BMW of Manhattan) for this routine procedure, I would like to save some $$ and use a qualified, yet less expensive shop. Any other options in and around Manhattan?


#2

Do it yourself?


#3

Check “The Mechanics Files” on the Car Talk home page. You can search by zip code and car make. Perhaps you can find an independent mechanic and save some money.


#4

Well, I am a girl, and was never properly schooled in the automotive crafts, so do it yourself is not an option, unfortunately!

However, I did follow up on mcparadise’s advice and found a good auto shop within 6 miles of my home. Thank you!


#5

Check that they use the specific oil required by your very-high-output engine. It will be listed in your manual.


#6

The only thing I will add is that based on your comment about Manhattan this vehicle could see a lot of city driving, endless sitting at lights and stuck in traffic, etc. and you should change the oil/filter on a very regular basis. This may mean 3k miles or 3/4 months, whichever comes first.

That type of driving is very tough on a vehicle and engine oil/filters are much cheaper than new engines.