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Elias 10-10-2012 07:46 AM

650i Oil usage
 
I have a 2012 650i coupe that I bought last November, I now have 5600 miles and my oil level is almost down to the minimum. I know the V8 uses oil but I didn't think it used this much, has anyone else experienced this much oil usage if so how much mileage and how much oil?

XZLR8 10-10-2012 08:25 AM

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Originally Posted by Elias (Post 7124830)
I have a 2012 650i coupe that I bought last November, I now have 5600 miles and my oil level is almost down to the minimum. I know the V8 uses oil but I didn't think it used this much, has anyone else experienced this much oil usage if so how much mileage and how much oil?

That's not at all uncommon. With BMW V8s, I've typically always had to add at least a quart, sometimes two, before the first scheduled service.

EmM HoLLa 10-10-2012 09:25 AM

Here is a review I recently found on edmunds.com.. It appears to be true.. Including the Rough Idling... I've experienced this first hand...

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Fun to drive but burns oil and idles rough

By getngo on 09/30/12 09:30 AM (PDT)

Vehicle
2012 BMW 6 Series 650i 2dr Coupe (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 6M)

Review
I brought a brand new factory ordered 2012 650i 8 speed automatic with heads up display and drivers assist package and LED headlights-sport packaged 20 inch rims with manufacture date 11/2011. Fun to drive with nice design in/out until the low oil level indicator warning came on at 3248 odometer miles. Classic BMW dealership where I bought the car told me it was normal even though the car had short lived 1-2 sec of clanking noice on cold start and rough idle, evident with bottle water in cup holder. Dealership put one quart of oil. 3200 miles later I am low on oil again. Dealership put another quart of oil. Again I am back for 3rd quart of oil at 2794 miles later with 9610 odometer miles!

Favorite Features
Heads up display and drivers assist package. The views from the cameras will help you from scraping wheels and fromt spoilers. 8 speed automatic allows me to cruise 77 mph at 2000 rpm. LED headlights with front only LED turn signal lights (like previous old 2008-2010 650 series). LED fog lights. Fun to drive!

Suggested Improvements
Excessive oil consumption for a 4.4 liter engine, even with a modest twin turbo over previous 4.8 liter naturally aspirated engine and only 40 more horsepower to show. Rough idle on with transmission on park or drive. Put a bottled water in the cup holder and check. If that bothers someone then get the B&O stereo upgrade to mask the rough idle. Shorted lived clanking noise from the exhaust on cold start best heard by leaving the drivers door open. Rear tail-light not evenly bright on the trunk portion and the corner portion. No auto trunk closing option.

Itinj6 10-10-2012 01:10 PM

With my 650i and my wife's X6 50i, we both had to add a quart of oil at around the 4K mile mark.

long time 10-10-2012 02:26 PM

one quart every 4,000 miles -

mrjoed2 10-10-2012 04:21 PM

Any idea why BMW engines burn this fairly high amount? Is it specific to the V8's or the inline 6's as well?

Elias 10-10-2012 05:44 PM

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Originally Posted by mrjoed2 (Post 7125927)
Any idea why BMW engines burn this fairly high amount? Is it specific to the V8's or the inline 6's as well?

I came from a 09 535 and in the three years I leased it, I never once had to add any oil what so ever, thats why I'm so surprised this car burns so much oil. I wonder if the twin turbos have anything to do with the oil usage?:dunno:

dkreidel 10-10-2012 06:01 PM

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Originally Posted by long time (Post 7125712)
one quart every 4,000 miles -

Me too

svp66 10-11-2012 12:29 AM

2 questions:

1. Did you guys have the oil level come up on the command screen or you just checked it manually?

2. What type of oil did you use to fill up?

Itinj6 10-11-2012 12:40 AM

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Originally Posted by svp66 (Post 7126655)
2 questions:

1. Did you guys have the oil level come up on the command screen or you just checked it manually?

2. What type of oil did you use to fill up?

1. I had the warning come up on the idrive screen. I haven't checked but from what I understand, our cars do not have a dipstick anyway.

2. I went to my nearest BMW service center for the recommended oil fill up. I went to two gas stations before that and neither had the recommended oil. I don't remember what type is the manufacturer recommended but the awesome thing about our cars is that you can check that on the idrive with the integrated owners manual. That's how I looked it up :). Pretty handy when you're on the go. Did the same thing for pairing a homelink garage door opener when I didn't have the manual on hand.

Leslierc 10-11-2012 05:00 AM

As a BMW tech once told me, these cars burn oil like they burn gasoline. Very normal and not limited just to BMWs...I've put about 2500 miles on my Pana and added a quart of 0W40 to the engine last weekend. My advice: research the recommended oil for your vehicle then go to Amazon.com and purchase a case to keep in your garage.

650iQ7 10-11-2012 05:10 AM

Same here
 
I have a seond warning for low oil at 9,000 miles. I thought the M6s V10 were oil burners, the V8 are the same. A pain to go to the dealer again (water leaks, rear windows problem, oil level). :tsk:

JONNYCHIRO 10-11-2012 07:03 AM

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Originally Posted by dkreidel (Post 7126130)
Me too

Me three: 1qt/4000mi.

My three previous (6 cyl) BMWs didn't need oil at all.

Elias 10-11-2012 07:40 AM

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Originally Posted by Leslierc (Post 7126783)
As a BMW tech once told me, these cars burn oil like they burn gasoline. Very normal and not limited just to BMWs...I've put about 2500 miles on my Pana and added a quart of 0W40 to the engine last weekend. My advice: research the recommended oil for your vehicle then go to Amazon.com and purchase a case to keep in your garage.

Great advise will do thanks!

mrjoed2 10-11-2012 12:33 PM

Read somewhere that a recommended BMW oil is Castol edge synthetic.

svp66 10-11-2012 06:27 PM

Thanks all for the info - I will look it up. All previous cars had to be cold engine and flat. Sounds like the 650 has to be running at least 5 min before measurement.

And of course, info about the oils in the user manual:

Approved oil types:
BMW High Performance SAE 5W-30
BMW Longlife-01
BMW Longlife-01 FE

Alternative oil types
If the approved oils not available, up to 1 quart of oil with the specification "API SM or superior grade" can be added.

Viscosity grades: 0W-40, 0W-30, 5W-40, 5W-30

southern6er22 10-11-2012 09:01 PM

I read that everyone was running into this, so I picked up a quart of oil (BMW Brand - or whatever they repackage as their own - SAE 5W-30) from the dealership when I hit 4000 miles and kept it at home until I needed it (which was right around 5200 miles). Sounds like I made it a little longer than most people. Wonder if it has to do with my lack of interstate/highway driving on a regular basis? Given my stellar fuel economy, it's pretty obvious I have a particular proclivity for putting down the power :D

Elias 10-12-2012 11:17 AM

Went to my BMW dealership today to pick up some oil for my car, I walk up to the parts counter and asked to buy oil for my car. The man behind the counter tells me no need to buy oil.
Just drive in the service center and they will add a quart of oil no charge it's their policy. I know it's a small cost but to me it goes a long ways in giving your customers great customer service! :thumbup:

southern6er22 10-12-2012 12:03 PM

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svp66 10-12-2012 05:08 PM

So after all the discussion, I finally checked the oil level today. Just midway between min and max after 8200 mi. Don't know what was the level in the beginning, but this would probably be very low consumption if at all.

Ace535i 10-12-2012 10:00 PM

How many quarts of oil does the V8 require?

Elias 10-13-2012 06:05 AM

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Originally Posted by svp66 (Post 7130644)
So after all the discussion, I finally checked the oil level today. Just midway between min and max after 8200 mi. Don't know what was the level in the beginning, but this would probably be very low consumption if at all.

That is very low usage compared to most of us, just curious what part of the country do you live, how long have you had your car and are most of your miles highway or city?

JONNYCHIRO 10-13-2012 06:31 AM

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Originally Posted by Elias (Post 7129867)
Went to my BMW dealership today to pick up some oil for my car, I walk up to the parts counter and asked to buy oil for my car. The man behind the counter tells me no need to buy oil.
Just drive in the service center and they will add a quart of oil no charge it's their policy. I know it's a small cost but to me it goes a long ways in giving your customers great customer service! :thumbup:

Yup, I drive up tell them it's a qt. low and before I'm back from the showroom it's ready to go.

svp66 10-13-2012 08:10 AM

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Originally Posted by Elias (Post 7131415)
That is very low usage compared to most of us, just curious what part of the country do you live, how long have you had your car and are most of your miles highway or city?

Minnesota - and use the car as a daily driver. I had the car since November last year. I drive mostly short trips in a small town, but probably put 3000 miles in longer highway trips.

Elias 10-14-2012 06:01 AM

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Originally Posted by svp66 (Post 7131543)
Minnesota - and use the car as a daily driver. I had the car since November last year. I drive mostly short trips in a small town, but probably put 3000 miles in longer highway trips.

How hot does it get in Minnesota in the summer, here in Virginia we had a really hot summer its like that most summers. I wonder if thats why your oil usage is less than those of use who drive in warmer weather. Never the less I'm glad your car uses less oil than most of our cars.


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