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Old 07-19-2010, 12:04 AM
firassayah firassayah is offline
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Exclamation x5 : check oil level

2004 x5 , after runing 3000 miles : the check oil level message comes out
is this normal thing ?
and is it ok to add some oil without changing it completly ?
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Old 07-19-2010, 01:15 AM
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It was completely full and 3000 miles later you have a low oil level warning? Not normal/

It is ESSENTIAL that you add the correct oil immediately. It is always best to add the same oil (not just wegiht, but the exact same oil) if you are 'topping off'. If you cannot get the same oil, add anything and change as soon as possible.

If this is a new car to you, perhaps it was low when you got it....also, it may be hard to find out what oil was in it, unless it was dealer serviced in which case it will likely be the BMW oil.

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Old 07-19-2010, 05:00 AM
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2004 x5 , after runing 3000 miles : the check oil level message comes out
is this normal thing ?
and is it ok to add some oil without changing it completly ?
What engine do you have?

FWIW the X5 4.4i (V8) engine uses quite a bit of oil. Our 2001 X5 4.4i used roughly 1 qt/3-4,000 miles. I checked it regularly and topped up when it was 1/2 qt low. Oil consumption was so heavy that I kept 2 quarts in between the spokes of the spare tire in case I forgot to top it up at 1/2 quart low. OTOH our 20+ year old ranch truck uses less than a teacup between oil changes. So it really depends on the engine.

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Old 07-19-2010, 05:05 AM
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hey man,
its a 3.0 engine
what do u think
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Old 07-19-2010, 05:22 AM
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hey man,
its a 3.0 engine
what do u think
I don't have any experience with the 3.0 engine's oil consumption. I'd go with ARD's advice.

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Old 07-19-2010, 05:29 AM
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Old 07-19-2010, 06:58 AM
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Our '01 3.0 has used a qt ~3,000 since it was new, 9 yrs ago...
some of that consumption is probably due to its being a 5 spd
manual trans, with the ensuing high rpms at highway speeds.

Otoh, from fading memory, I would bet BMW would classify
that as "normal oil consumption", so your usage is in someones
ballpark of spec.

Also, many places, including any given BMW dlr, will often not
put in the full 8 qts during a change, so one is a quart short,
to begin with, imo.

As for oil, any brand name synthetic, of proper viscosity range,
will do fine, imo. Top up a qt, let it sit warm, for 20 mins for
drain down, check to make sure it's near/at the top mark.

Check it again in 1,000 or 2,000, but I wouldn't lose sleep over
your findings at this point.
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Old 07-19-2010, 10:26 AM
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I have no experience with the 3.0 oil level sensor, but other BMWs I've owned will trip a 'low oil alert' when it is 2 quarts low... 1 qt per 3k,4k is one thing...2 qts is another. I just dont know

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Old 07-20-2010, 10:25 PM
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Dealer says it's normal oil consumption.
Well, it consumes more in summer than in winter.
the last time I add additional 2 liters was just this Monday, after 4,000 miles while I mostly drive on highway.
I will ask the dealer again when my next scheduled maintenance (about October)
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Old 07-23-2010, 07:31 AM
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Oil stabalizer

Have you thought of trying an oil stabalizer, such as lucas? They have a blend for synth. Also, are their any oil spots on the ground or are you just burning the oil?
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Old 07-23-2010, 10:20 AM
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Have you thought of trying an oil stabalizer, such as lucas? They have a blend for synth. Also, are their any oil spots on the ground or are you just burning the oil?
Absolute wates of money AT BEST. Potentially damaging and could impact warranty.

There is zero need for additives with modern synthetics.... for sure they make "a blend for synth" to appeal to a new and wealthier brand of owner/patsies.
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Old 07-23-2010, 11:25 AM
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I've never used stabalizers, just know they are out there. Also if his 3.0 has no external leaks, where would the oil loss be from. I've owned two 3-series (92 and 96) and my X5 but the only time i've seen oil consumption @ a qt + between oil changes is when my valve covers were leaking on my X5(4.4L) or my valve guides on my 96(2.8L). I've just never been a fan of the "1 qt between oil changes is normal". I've seen 5.9L, 6.0L and 7.3L diesels with over 250k miles use little less than half a qt of oil across 7k mile changes.
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Old 07-30-2010, 11:08 PM
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Top it off with Castrol Synthic 5W40 until your next change.
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Old 02-12-2011, 02:20 PM
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Top it off with Castrol Synthic 5W40 until your next change.
doesnt the car use 5w-30?
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Old 02-14-2011, 09:07 AM
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Old 02-14-2011, 11:45 PM
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I have a 2002 e53 4.4i Sport/Premium/Cold Weather that intermittently gives the "check oil level" warning. I always check it after letting the vehicle sit for 5 min on level ground with the engine turned off. I always clean off the dipstick and check the level The oil level is always right in the middle of the indicator marks on the dipstick. I don't know if it is a faulty oil level sensor so that could be the problem for you too.
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Old 02-16-2011, 09:23 AM
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My recently acquired '03 X5 with 80,800 miles is using 1 qt in approx 1400 miles. No signs of blue smoke or leaks. I think this is excessive! Would appreciate any thought or suggestions?
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Old 02-16-2011, 03:47 PM
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My recently acquired '03 X5 with 80,800 miles is using 1 qt in approx 1400 miles. No signs of blue smoke or leaks. I think this is excessive! Would appreciate any thought or suggestions?
i have the same mileage and problem with my X5.there oil like dissappears.whats odd though is how there was a dangerously low amount of oil in mine and it still ran perfectly smooth.i would like to see if there is a solution to this though
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