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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 04-07-2014, 07:01 PM
seagates seagates is offline
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Weird oil consumption

My 2001 has 174000 miles on it. Ever since ive had the car it has had a minor oil leak usually requiring me to add a qt every 500 to 600 miles. I swtich to 10w30 and still it I had to add a qt more often than I would like too. I recently ran low whie driving and had to put a quart of conventional as a last resort. Strangely I have not had to add any oil and its about 1500 miles later. Can someone give me insight on what is going on?
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Old 04-07-2014, 07:14 PM
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What was the weight of the dino oil you added? Replace the filter and change the oil to the stuff that stopped the consumption.
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Old 04-07-2014, 07:21 PM
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It was 10w30. But I was using 10w30 synthetic before the consumption stopped
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Old 04-07-2014, 07:50 PM
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a quart every 500-600 miles is not minor...

thats a oil gizer
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