2007 MINI Cooper Long Term Road Test

2007 Mini Cooper S: 20k Between Oil Changes

February 04, 2008

It's hard to believe we've put 11,000 miles on our Mini Cooper. It's harder to believe that we haven't changed the oil yet.

We planned to combine a service with the installation of our new wheel. To our surprise, Long Beach Mini refused to perform the service. The advisor explained, "BMW won't pay us if we service the car early. You have to wait until the car's computer determines it's due."

Look quick...

This reminder displays immediately after startup for about 2 seconds. The computer compares total mileage to fuel consumption in order to establish this service interval. Heavy on the gas shortens the interval. Light on the gas pushes it upwards of 20k. Our first oil change is due May 2009 at 19,000 miles. That's cool.

Installation of the new run-flat to the new wheel and the non run-flat Direzza to the bent wheel cost $75.50. We plan to hang on to the extra tire/wheel for awhile as a just-in-case measure.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Coordinator @ 11,048 miles

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