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Old 05-14-2013, 12:59 PM
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Oil level sinking fast!

I just bought this 2007 bmw 323i about a month ago... I managed to put on about 3000km since then (all easy driving). I noticed the oil level was full when I bought the car, and now its showing there is only a quarter left.. The car runs perfectly, and there is no sign of oil being burned... Is this common?
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Common, sure, but pop your hood and check the oil filter housing, to make sure there's no soot around it. Could be a bad gasket. Easy replacement job, and cheap.

Here's a pic I found online:
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:59 PM
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You mean idrive showing 1 green bar? I don't think that means 1 quart left. Doesn't this car take 7 quarts total? a months from 5 bars to 1 bar is a bit fast. Usually takes months to go to 3 bars.
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If it's a non-iDrive car and you're using the dash display, "MAX" is 7 quarts and "MIN" is 6. If you're at or below the "MIN", you should put in a quart. Between "MIN" and "MAX" is fine.

Sounds like you're using a quart every 2500 miles or so. A bit heavy, but you also have a limited amount of precision in the gauge. Add a quart when you hit "MIN" and then record how long it takes you to hit "MIN" again.
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You mean idrive showing 1 green bar? I don't think that means 1 quart left. Doesn't this car take 7 quarts total? a months from 5 bars to 1 bar is a bit fast. Usually takes months to go to 3 bars.
Yep. It's basically one quart, what the iDrive is showing. When it's at the bottom, it's missing roughly a quart.
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Yah, it's a non idrive car.. I just don't want to add a quart, only to find out that it really didn't need it.. I can't figure out where the oil is going!?! It's clean in the engine bay, and there is no black smoke coming from the tail pipe...
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Never actually add a full quart when it says to...add half of the quart container. I guarantee you it'll show full on the iDrive screen.

The computer's aren't THAT accurate to tell you that EXACTLY a quart is missing.
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Read your manual so that you understand what the system is telling you.

Then wait until you're a quart low to add. KEEP a record book in every car, and note the mileage of every repair, every oil and filter change, etc. That's the only way you'll get a picture of how the car is working.
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I was looking around the oil filler cap today, and noticed a bunch of crud in there, Im thinking the oil was coming out from under the cap.. I noticed there is a rubber seal under the cap, which is loose and not doing anything, what is it there for? The cap makes a click sound now when I close it.
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