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X3 E83 (2004 - 2010)
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View Poll Results: How many miles do you drive before you need 1 quart/liter of engine oil
<1000 miles 1 6.25%
<2000 1 6.25%
<3000 2 12.50%
<4000 0 0%
<5000 2 12.50%
<6000 1 6.25%
7500 or more 9 56.25%
Voters: 16. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-14-2016, 03:43 AM
abscate abscate is offline
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The official X3 oil use thread

Please choose an option closest matching the number of miles you can drive before you need one liter/quart if engine oil.
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Old 09-14-2016, 07:13 AM
R ODonnell R ODonnell is offline
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At 183,000 miles mine is using just shy of a qt between 5,000 mile oil changes. I don't let it go a qt down. I keep a qt in the back and keep it topped off adding about 1/3rd of a qt at a time. Bought the car new, did and initial change at 1,000 miles with a 5,000 interval ever since.

Rebuilt my first engine in 1972 and lost count of how many since. My level of consumption is actually better than most engines I've seen with this many miles. I won't begin to worry until it approaches a qt per 1,000.
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Old 09-14-2016, 10:00 AM
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67,000 miles total. I change the oil every 9,000 by which time it will have consumed about a litre.
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Old 09-14-2016, 10:34 AM
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I don't really know when I need to add oil. It's changed at 5,000 miles and as far as I can tell (I check it regularly and change it myself) I almost never see the oil level close to where it is low. I did have a leak with the front main seal and the oil filter housing. Both repaired.

2006 with 124,000 miles and one owner - me!
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Old 09-14-2016, 06:33 PM
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122k miles on the X3. Change the oil at 5k miles, and when I do, the on board gauge doesn't notice a loss of oil. My 7 quart drain pain is full to the top with used oil.

The X3 is one of the lowest mileage vehicles I've owned (I bought it in 2012) Highest mileage vehicle was a '78 F250 with 450k that drank a cup of oil every 3000 miles and had its original clutch. Gaskets and filters are consumables, clutches aren't.
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Old 09-16-2016, 09:40 AM
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141,000 add a quart every 500 miles
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Old 09-16-2016, 11:07 AM
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different engines?

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Please choose an option closest matching the number of miles you can drive before you need one liter/quart if engine oil.
How many different gas engines were produced for the e83 over its lifespan? Isn't this going to affect what you desire to learn from this poll?
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Old 10-09-2016, 08:52 PM
dukedkt442 dukedkt442 is offline
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Finally saw that this thread actually had a poll (poll not visible from the iPhone.

I change the oil at 5000, and therefore don't know how long I'd have to go before I'd need to add a quart, nor am I going to find out. However, I chose the >7500 option, simply because when I first bought the car, I had the scheduled maintenance package for 6 years/100k miles, so the dealer would change the oil at 15k, and I would do it at 7500 (I was doing a 350 mile round-trip commute each week and was comfortable with that OCI at the time simply due to the extensive highway miles). Unfortunately, I went based off the maintenance schedule count-down, rather than the odometer. BIG mistake. After noticing it seemed to take forever to get the the half-way point, I checked my service book, and noticed that I'd actually traveled 9800 miles or so, even though the service reminder was still showing about 9000 miles to go til service (I was planning on changing oil at 7500 on the count-down). That was on the second oil change of my ownership. I then change the oil 2-3 times before the dealer did their next oil change, and have been doing it at 5k miles ever since.
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Old 10-09-2016, 08:54 PM
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How many different gas engines were produced for the e83 over its lifespan? Isn't this going to affect what you desire to learn from this poll?
Nah, an engine is an engine is an engine. Either it should use oil, or it shouldn't.

From my training, it is the latter. Whether the operator wants to do something about it is a separate issue. Poll results indicate that having to add a quart between changes, or under 7500 miles, is a rarity. "Normal", "OK", and "Liveable" are not interchangeable.
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Old 10-13-2016, 01:58 PM
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M54 and 52 engine oil use info/problem history with oil control rings

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Old 10-13-2016, 02:29 PM
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