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Old 03-12-2014, 04:16 PM
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Oil level from 3/4 full to minimum

So, checked my engine oil yesterday and level displayed was 3/4 full. Today, the warning light came on saying add oil. Seems a little precipitous to go from 3/4 full to zero. I had probably only done about 15 miles of normal driving between the two readings. Has anyone else experienced this? Should I be concerned?
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Old 03-12-2014, 04:46 PM
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Mine is a little funky I think. I picked up my 2013 about a month ago. I swear before I even left the lot I checked the level, it was down a tick. Went on a trip to PA to visit dad and 120 miles into the trip - oil level low, add now. So pulled over at a truck stop hoping to find some castrol syn - no luck, ended up having to use a quart of penzoil syn 5/30. Indicator went back to full and continued on. Checked oil on way back - down a quarter of a quart again. It stayed at that level until just two days ago. Checked it the day after doing some spirited runs (was shifting the trans manually and using maybe 4-5k RPM shift points). Indicator moved down a half quart. I'm not sure what to trust. If the spirited driving (and I mean no more than 5 minutes) used that much oil - I've got problems.

I've got 8,500 miles on mine. Why the hell do we have to deal with a damn computer to check oil? Seems a 17 cent dipstick would work just fine.
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Old 03-15-2014, 08:55 PM
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That is fine my cousins 2010 750li has gone less than minimum. It was fine just ignore it.


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Old 03-16-2014, 09:17 PM
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That is fine my cousins 2010 750li has gone less than minimum. It was fine just ignore it.


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Thanks. Must ask however what is the point of an engine oil gauge if it goes from nearly full to zero? Hardly reliable. What is the point of checking the engine oil level.
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