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Old 01-15-2012, 07:46 PM
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oil top off for new 2011 535i xdrive?

hey guys, in november my family and i bought a brand new 535i x drive and i remember talking to the sales representative about topping the oil off when we have almost reached 3k kms. since the car doesnt come with a dipstick how much oil should i put in? ive never topped off a vehicles oil (yes i am a noob) so anyone wanna help out? thanks in advance
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Old 01-15-2012, 07:54 PM
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You can measure the oil level in the iDrive menu. I wouldn't put in any oil if you're uncomfortable doing it. You don't want to overfill. If you have a friendly dealer you might ask them to check. If the car is telling you its okay, I'd leave it or get someone who is familiar with it to check.
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Old 01-15-2012, 08:06 PM
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Yeah I measured with the i drive menu and it says it's fine. But just concerned cause we are getting close to the 3k mark b
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Old 01-15-2012, 08:15 PM
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You should be fine unless the idrive system tells you otherwise.
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hey guys, in november my family and i bought a brand new 535i x drive and i remember talking to the sales representative about topping the oil off when we have almost reached 3k kms. since the car doesnt come with a dipstick how much oil should i put in? ive never topped off a vehicles oil (yes i am a noob) so anyone wanna help out? thanks in advance
Sounds like another clueless sales rep.

Personally at this point I would change it.
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Old 01-16-2012, 11:17 AM
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the thing is they never mentioned anything about changing all the oil, it makes sense to top it off because a new engine tends to use more oil. ill just give em a call and get them to do it. thanks everyone for the help!
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The oil level display in iDrive shows the oil level in 1/4 quart intervals. So, there are 4 "ticks" between "max" and "min", which indicates 1 full quart low. If yours is still showing "max", don't do anything. Mine uses very little oil, but I topped off at 1/2 quart prior to my first oil change at 8200 miles. Also, if you do add oil, be aware that the display does not react immediately. You might drive around for 10 miles or so before the indicator moves back up again. I think this is done so the display doesn't normally fluctuate very much at all while driving. except when the level is just at the threshold of the next 1/4 quart interval.
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