How Often Should You Change Your Oil

Oil filter during oil change


To keep your car vehicle running optimally and efficiently, it is important for Glendale drivers to get regularly-scheduled oil changes. In past decades, the rule of thumb was to change the oil every 3,000 miles, though advances in technology and engineering have increased that number significantly. Now, it is recommended that most modern vehicles stay within the 7,500 to 10,000 mile range in between each oil change. If you are looking for a more definitive number to your specific vehicle, you can always consult your owner’s manual or contact us here at Pacific BMW for more insight.

Oil Change Frequency Guidelines

Some vehicles will need the oil changed more often depending on the vehicle’s functionality. For example, vehicles used for off-roading, commercial use, racing, or heavy towing should have an oil change more frequently as these circumstances imply the demand on the vehicle is more strenuous than a car used for daily transportation. Keeping fresh oil in these hardworking cars will keep them healthier and running more smoothly throughout Los Angeles.

More Oil Change Frequency Tips

Before you visit our service center near Hollywood, check out these facts about oil changes.

  • If you don’t reach that 7,500 to 10,000 mile oil change frequency range because you don’t drive much, you’ll want to be sure to get an oil change at least twice a year.
  • In an infrequently used car, the oil can begin to break down after a year and its health will be compromised if it is unchanged.
  • An oil change should include an oil filter change as well. You can always stop by the parts department at Pacific BMW for an oil filter if you’re doing a DIY oil change.
  • Wondering whether to use synthetic vs. conventional oil? Refer to your owner’s manual. Synthetic oil may be more expensive, but some vehicles require it for optimal automotive health.

Get Your Oil Changed at Pacific BMW

Our service center would be happy to perform your next oil change. If you’re curious about learning what to look for when it comes to inspecting your oil, you can reference our tips and tricks in this guide to check your car’s oil.

More from Pacific BMW

  • 2022 BMW iX Range

      The 2022 BMW iX Sports Activity Vehicle®, part of the BMW i Series, will be something you see on the streets in Los Angeles soon. It’s an electric vehicle that’s built for the modern driver, and if you’re asking about the BMW iX range, you’ll be glad to know that you can get about 300…

  • What is the 2022 BMW X3 Towing Capacity?

    When the BMW X3 is suited up with the proper hitch, the towing capacity maxes out at 4,400 pounds. You have the ability to tow a large number of lightweight gear like a teardrop trailer or your ATVs. There are four trim levels to choose from: sDrive30i / xDrive30i, M40i, and the M. You can…

  • 2022 BMW i4 Range

    The electric revolution is here, and suddenly, you’ve got a lot of choices to pick from. There are choices from every country when it comes to electric vehicles, but everyone in Los Angeles who knows knows: when you want performance in a new car, consider German luxury, specifically the BMW i Series. The 2022 BMW i4…

Saved Vehicles


You don't have any saved vehicles!

Look for this link on your favorites:


Once you've saved some vehicles, you can view them here at any time.

Contact Us

(818) 246-5600

Call Now

800 S Brand Blvd • Glendale, CA 91204

Get Directions

Today's Hours:

Open Today! Sales: 9am-9pm

Open Today! Service: 7:30am-7pm

Pacific BMW 34.137119, -118.25492.