2007 BMW 328i Oil Change DIY Guide (Step by Step Process)

2007 bmw 328i oil change

Regular maintenance is very crucial to keep your 2007 BMW 328i running smoothly and efficiently while maintaining its reliability. When it comes to engine reliability & longevity, regular oil changes are the key point.

As you know lack of regular oil changes can severely damage your engine and end up costing you thousands of dollars in engine repairs.

Changing the oil on your 2007 BMW 328i is one of the basic DIYs you can perform, & it can be the easiest way to start your DIY journey.

With some basic tools and 30 minutes of your time, you could easily change the oil & filter as well saving labor costs.

So, let’s get into it.

Tools Needed For the Oil Change

To start this process you would need some tools & supplies, so let’s see what we need.

Supplies Needed:

  • 6.9 quarts of SAE 5W-40 Synthetic Engine Oil
  • Oil Filter Kit

Tools Needed:

  • 17mm Socket Wrench
  • Oil Filter Wrench
  • Jack and Jack Stand
  • Oil Drain Pan
  • Flathead Screwdriver and Pick Tool
  • Funnel
  • Paper Shop Towels
  • Safety Glasses

Remember while purchasing the engine oil, you won’t find exactly 6.9 quarts so, you have to buy 7 quarts or in liter 7 liters.

So, I hope you’ve gathered all the supplies and tools.

Step By Step Process Of 2007 BMW 328i Oil Change

 2007 bmw 328i oil change

First of all, wear the safety glasses & gloves then let’s start the process.

1. Lift Your Car

Now before starting the process start the car for 10-15 minutes, to let the oil reach normal operating temperature.

Warm oil drains easily, along with any particles in it.

Now use the hydraulic jack to lift the car and the jack stands to balance it.

2. Loose The Oil & Filter Cap

First, pop up the hood and use the oil filter wrench to loose the oil filter housing cap.

Then locate the oil filler cap, which is above the engine, and loose it by rotating it counterclockwise.

By loosing up the oil filler cap and oil filter cap, the oil will be drained much faster & easily.

If you have trouble locating the oil filter cap & oil filler cap, use the owner’s manual.

3. Locate Oil Drain Plug

Now go underneath your vehicle with a 17mm socket wrench, an oil drain pan with 10 oil capacity, and a flathead screwdriver.

When you’re under the car, you’ll find a cover hiding the oil drain plug.

The Cover will have a little plastic piece attached to it, that is the lock. Use a flathead to rotate the little plastic piece 180 degrees and the cover will open up.

Under that, you’ll find the oil drain plug.

4. Drain The Oil

After finding the oil drain plug, put the drain pan under the plug. Now use the 17mm socket wrench to unscrew the plug carefully because the oil should be a little hot.

So, you can use an extension as a spinner to open the drain plug from a safe distance.

After removing the drain plug, the oil should start pouring into the drain pan. And the oil should be poured down completely in 3-5 minutes.

While the oil is draining clean the drain plug, and use a pick tool or flathead to remove the oil drain plug washer. And with the new oil filter kit, you’ll get a new washer so replace the old washer with the new one.

5. Install New Oil Filter & O-rings

Now use the oil filter wrench to open the oil filter gasket cap and remove the oil filter slowly, without spilling any oil.

After that remove the oil filter from the housing cap stand, by simply pulling it out.

Now use a pick tool or flathead to remove the O-rings, there’ll be two O-rings, one small green one and a big one on the cap.

First remove the small green o-ring using a pick tool, which is located at the top of the stand, and install a new o-ring. Now remove the big o-ring on the cap, and install a new one. After installing the new O-rings, rub the O-rings with a little oil to lubricate them.

Now install the new oil filter by simply pushing that into the stand as you removed the old one.

6. Replace The Oil Filter & Drain Plug

Now put the oil filter into the housing and use the oil filter wrench to close it tightly.

And also go under the car and screw back the oil drain plug with the new washer. Remember to appropriately tighten the drain plug and never tighten it too much, otherwise, it will cause a big mess.

And now put the cover back, and lock that by rotating the little round plastic piece.

7. Add The Oil

2007 bmw 328i oil change

Now open the oil filler cap, by rotating the cap counterclockwise.

Then put a funnel on the oil filler hole and slowly add the BMW recommended 5W-40 synthetic oil.

Your 2007 BMW 328i needs 6.9 quarts or 6.5-6.6 liters of engine oil, so slowly add the oil.

After adding the oil check the oil on your BMW dashboard (electronically).

So, to do that simply use the lever on your steering, there will be an up and down switch, so up that to find the “oil” option, then on the lever, there’ll be a “BC” button press that and the screen will show you an electronic dipstick.

On that dipstick, there will be “Min” and “Max” marks, with your oil level, so you have to add the oil almost to the “Max” mark.

So, if your oil level is less, then add a little oil, close the oil filler cap, and again check the oil level until it meets the recommended oil level.

Now if the oil level is matched, then close the oil filler cap by rotating it clockwise.

8. Inspection

Now the only step is to inspect if everything is alright.

To do that first, clean the oil filler area, oil filter area, and the oil drain plug area with shop towels.

Now the best way to test is to take a short drive for 15-20 minutes, then check the oil level if the oil level is still the same. Then check the oil drain plug area, filter area, & oil filler cap area for any oil leakage.

If everything seems normal then congratulations you’ve just done a DIY oil change on your 2007 BMW 328i.

Now one last thing you’ve to do is recycle the old oil into your nearby oil recycling center or any autoshop. Never just throw out the old oil, it can do extreme harm.


Now you know the step by step process of the oil change on your 2007 BMW 328i, and you don’t have to pay too much money for the oil changes.

It’s just a 30 minutes task and you could save the labor cost that can be used in some other things. You need to change the oil every 7,500-10,000 miles or once a year according to BMW. However, I recommend you change the oil every 5,000 miles or 6 months.

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What kind of oil does a 2007 BMW 328i take?

The 2007 BMW 328i takes SAE 5W-40 synthetic engine oil.

How much oil does the BMW 328i take?

The 2007 BMW 328i has an oil capacity of 6.9 quarts or 6.5-6.6 liters.

How often should I change the oil in my BMW 328i?

The BMW 328i should change every 7,500-10,000 miles or 12 months whichever comes first.

2007 bmw 328i oil dipstick location?

The 2007 BMW 328i doesn’t come with a traditional dipstick. Instead, they are equipped with an electronic dipstick, which can be accessed by the vehicle’s onboard computer system.

How To Do a 2007 bmw 328i oil level check?

Simply on your vehicle > use the lever on the steering wheel > with the up and down switch push up > for the “Oil” option > then click the ‘BC’ switch > and you can see the electronic dipstick with the oil level.