Welcome to Bimmerfest -- The #1 Online Community for BMW related information! Please enjoy the discussion forums below and share your experiences with the 200,000 current, new and past BMW owners. The forums are broken out by car model and into other special interest sections such as BMW European Delivery and a special forum to voice your questions to the many BMW dealers on the site to assist our members!

Please follow the links below to help get you started!

Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > X Series > X3 E83 (2004 - 2010)

X3 E83 (2004 - 2010)
Talk about the E83 BMW X3 in this forum!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 01-30-2015, 01:08 PM
airboss1998 airboss1998 is offline
Car poor
Location: Indianapolis, IN
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 113
Send a message via Yahoo to airboss1998
Mein Auto: 2006 X3, 2009 Z4
Oil indicator light

I have an '06 x3, 99k miles, probably about 9k since oil change. Last day or two, when I shut the vehicle off, I get a beep and the oil light comes on momentarily. I haven't had a chance to dig out the manual, but according to one I found online, if the oil light comes on immediately after starting, the oil level sensor is bad. If it comes on 'while driving', the oil level is low. It didn't mention it coming on after shutting off the engine.

Any thoughts? Thanks.
Reply With Quote
Advertisement
  #2  
Old 01-30-2015, 05:07 PM
dukedkt442 dukedkt442 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Upstate, NY
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 369
Mein Auto: 08 E83; '86 442; 84 GMC
First thing to check, is the oil level.

Second thing to do, is change the oil 4k miles ago (or 1500 miles ago for those who like to stretch it).

Oil light in amber, or red? If I remember correctly amber light is low level, red is low pressure/extremely low level (danger imminent).
__________________

Last edited by dukedkt442; 01-30-2015 at 05:08 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-30-2015, 05:55 PM
joylove joylove is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: USA
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 1,396
Mein Auto: 08 e83 LCI
M54 should have a dipstick, so check it.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01-30-2015, 08:43 PM
noego noego is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Central Illinois
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 906
Mein Auto: '06 X3, 1997 Chevy truck,
The end of the dipstick is even painted red so you can't miss it.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-30-2015, 10:59 PM
Roys4x4 Roys4x4 is offline
roys4x4
Location: 5K' High in the Sierra Nevada's
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 86
Mein Auto: 06 X3,95LR Disco,90 F250
Question light not losing power is the issue

most vehicles are wired in such a way that when you turn your key to the off #1 position the oil pressure light immediately looses power thus no low oil press light while the engine is coasting down. if you want i'll check out your wiring on my diagrams and see if there is a common denominator.
let me know
__________________
roys4x4
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01-31-2015, 05:10 AM
airboss1998 airboss1998 is offline
Car poor
Location: Indianapolis, IN
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 113
Send a message via Yahoo to airboss1998
Mein Auto: 2006 X3, 2009 Z4
Quote:
Originally Posted by noego View Post
The end of the dipstick is even painted red so you can't miss it.
I should probably sell the vehicle and start riding my bicycle, if I'm that stupid (which I appear to be). I thought from reading here that year didn't have a dipstick. Off to the garage I go.

http://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/sh...o-Oil-Dipstick
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01-31-2015, 06:55 AM
noego noego is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Central Illinois
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 906
Mein Auto: '06 X3, 1997 Chevy truck,
Quote:
Originally Posted by airboss1998 View Post
I should probably sell the vehicle and start riding my bicycle, if I'm that stupid (which I appear to be). I thought from reading here that year didn't have a dipstick. Off to the garage I go.

http://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/sh...o-Oil-Dipstick
No problem

The first BMW I had was a brand spanking new 2003 Z4. The yellow oil light came on and my first thought was, crap, I'm going to have to get the car towed to the dealer.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 01-31-2015, 07:44 AM
dukedkt442 dukedkt442 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Upstate, NY
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 369
Mein Auto: 08 E83; '86 442; 84 GMC
Quote:
Originally Posted by airboss1998 View Post
I should probably sell the vehicle and start riding my bicycle, if I'm that stupid (which I appear to be). I thought from reading here that year didn't have a dipstick. Off to the garage I go.

http://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/sh...o-Oil-Dipstick
New BMWs don't have dipsticks, but yours is not new. The N52 3.0 and other engines don't have dipsticks, but your older M54 does.

What color is the light?

And for the love of that poor vehicle, change the oil!!
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 02-01-2015, 12:47 PM
airboss1998 airboss1998 is offline
Car poor
Location: Indianapolis, IN
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 113
Send a message via Yahoo to airboss1998
Mein Auto: 2006 X3, 2009 Z4
Quote:
Originally Posted by dukedkt442 View Post

What color is the light?
Yellow.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 02-02-2015, 07:02 AM
dukedkt442 dukedkt442 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Upstate, NY
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 369
Mein Auto: 08 E83; '86 442; 84 GMC
Quote:
Originally Posted by airboss1998 View Post
Yellow.
Oil level is low. Those sensors are notoriously sensitive, on my E46, it detected a half quart low.
__________________
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Forum Navigation
Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > X Series > X3 E83 (2004 - 2010)
Today's Posts Search
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On



Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 08:03 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
© 2001-2015 performanceIX, Inc. All Rights Reserved .: guidelines .:. privacy .:. terms