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Old 07-20-2012, 01:09 PM
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Hey ppl,

Does anyone know how much oil corresponds to each bar on the oil check indicator?

I am missing 2 bars after 10.000km (~6K miles), is that more or less what you got?

Need to know how much oil has actually been consumed.

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Old 07-20-2012, 03:21 PM
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Page 99 of the 2007 Owner's Manual describes how to check the oil level and the resulting displays. A '1-bar' indication (out of 5 bars) will also show "LO" on the display, indicating that you are 1 quart low.

What one could infer from the 5 increments (the lowest of 5 indicating 1-quart low) is that each of the 4 'bars' until reaching the 1-quart-low indication represents about 1/4 of a quart (i.e., 8 ounces); if you're down two 'bars,' that might mean you're 16 oz./half-a-quart low.

But that's all speculation on my part...

Personally, I'd rather just have a Mk-1 dipstick than this fancy electronic oil-level-checking do-dad that BMW seems so proud of... But I digress...
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Old 07-20-2012, 05:55 PM
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One of the number one short comings of that gen. No dipstick. Electronic doohicky can't tell you if oil is dark or light, sludge or metal filings, etc... I can tell you that after a 2k mile roadtrip it will burn a quart if driving fast.

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... about 1/4 of a quart .....
Now there's a convincing argument for switching to the metric system!

Did BMW really figure that 4 gradations means 1 U.S. qt.?

More likely 1 litre, but close enough I guess.

Wonder what the U.K. Owner's Manual says - you are 2 pints low, or maybe only 1.5 pints?

Or has oil gone metric, leaving mainly beer in Imperial because "a 568ml. of beer, please" just doesn't sound right.

Not that a pint beer glass ever was a true pint .... but I digress too. All the more reason the dipstick should be reinstated.
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Old 07-20-2012, 08:08 PM
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What one could infer from the 5 increments (the lowest of 5 indicating 1-quart low) is that each of the 4 'bars' until reaching the 1-quart-low indication represents about 1/4 of a quart (i.e., 8 ounces); if you're down two 'bars,' that might mean you're 16 oz./half-a-quart low.
Yeah, did that math too, but I was just wondering if its linear increments and if the 1 bar shown when +1 lt is the verdict counts or no.

I just dont like that I have to wait till it needs 1lt to top it up.

+1 dipstick would be the best, but I can live without it so no complaints.
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Old 07-20-2012, 08:49 PM
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Ditto on the dipstick, thankfully my '05 has one!

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