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Old 04-05-2005, 05:17 PM
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dipstick??

Anyone notice the e90 doesnt have an oil dipstick yet?
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Old 04-05-2005, 05:25 PM
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No dipstick.

Yet? Not ever.
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Old 04-05-2005, 07:07 PM
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Oil levels can be checked via iDrive... if you don't get iDrive, i guess you're fu*ked
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Old 04-05-2005, 07:57 PM
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Oil levels can be checked via iDrive... if you don't get iDrive, i guess you're fu*ked
With or without I-drive, you can still check the oil level electronically. If you don't have I-drive, you can press the button on the edge of the turn stalk near the steering wheel (labeled "BC") to show the oil level on the on-board computer display. The oil level appears on the panel between the tach and the speedo. To see a video of how it works, check out this site:

http://www.bmwusa.com/BMW2003/Templa...ce=new3&bhcp=1

Click on "Explore the All-New 3 Series". then on "Sleeker", then "Instrument panel" and "Watch the video to learn more". Toward the end of the video, you'll see an example of how you can check the oil level.

While this may not be the same as a dipstick, at least there is an alternative way to check it. What bothers me much more is the lack of a temperature gauge. Does anyone know if there is a way to check the temperature level (through I-drive, perhaps)?
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Oil levels can be checked via iDrive... if you don't get iDrive, i guess you're fu*ked

pull on the the I-drive knob REEEALLY hard... it'll be a dipistick attached to it... leading directly into the engine compartment....
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With or without I-drive, you can still check the oil level electronically. If you don't have I-drive, you can press the button on the edge of the turn stalk near the steering wheel (labeled "BC") to show the oil level on the on-board computer display. The oil level appears on the panel between the tach and the speedo. To see a video of how it works, check out this site:

http://www.bmwusa.com/BMW2003/Templa...ce=new3&bhcp=1

Click on "Explore the All-New 3 Series". then on "Sleeker", then "Instrument panel" and "Watch the video to learn more". Toward the end of the video, you'll see an example of how you can check the oil level.

While this may not be the same as a dipstick, at least there is an alternative way to check it. What bothers me much more is the lack of a temperature gauge. Does anyone know if there is a way to check the temperature level (through I-drive, perhaps)?
i've heard that there is no temperature reading.... that you are just supposed to go by the variable red line on the tachometer... that supposedly adjusts as the car "warms up"... i know that's unsatisfactory to most, but all that ive heard is available
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So you actually get LESS info with iDrive, or is that entry selectable to get the level?

And FWIW modern BMW coolant temp gauges are about as useful as a single light.
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... is that entry selectable to get the level?...

The video didn't show that, but I believe that it is selectable.

BTW, that "Explore the All-New 3 Series" Flash site is really cool. I'm getting a new appreciation for the E90 as a result.
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Old 04-05-2005, 10:58 PM
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The video didn't show that, but I believe that it is selectable.

BTW, that "Explore the All-New 3 Series" Flash site is really cool. I'm getting a new appreciation for the E90 as a result.
I don't have any interest in the E90. I'm waiting for the one for the next MINI.
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The video didn't show that, but I believe that it is selectable.

BTW, that "Explore the All-New 3 Series" Flash site is really cool. I'm getting a new appreciation for the E90 as a result.
yeah, that site's cool, but they have been MADDDDDD slow to update it... the last three buttons say available in April, but they're still not up, it's APRIL 6th!!!! and one of those was supposed to be available march, and they just changed it to april....
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I don't have any interest in the E90. I'm waiting for the one for the next MINI.
seems like you're in the wrong forum then?
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So I woudn't be able to change the oil myself with my Mityvac pump?
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So I woudn't be able to change the oil myself with my Mityvac pump?
I just bought one of those recently for my '03. Guess I'll have to do it the old fashioned way if I buy an E90 at some point. One of these days I expect the hood to just be sealed shut, and can only be opened by an authorized dealer.
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So you actually get LESS info with iDrive, or is that entry selectable to get the level?

And FWIW modern BMW coolant temp gauges are about as useful as a single light.
Actually, you can check the oil level with iDrive... and it's in color!
The Temp reading is surrounding the tach... like in the 5, 6, and the 7... as the car warms up, the lines disappear.
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I just bought one of those recently for my '03. Guess I'll have to do it the old fashioned way if I buy an E90 at some point. One of these days I expect the hood to just be sealed shut, and can only be opened by an authorized dealer.
Or you press a button the filter and oil shoots out of the tailpipe, LOL
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The Temp reading is surrounding the tach... like in the 5, 6, and the 7... as the car warms up, the lines disappear.
Nope
That doesn't work on the 3 series.

Can anyone confirm that it works on the 5 and 6?
I know it's on the 7.
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that car looks a 1/2 quart low.....
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Nope
That doesn't work on the 3 series.

Can anyone confirm that it works on the 5 and 6?
I know it's on the 7.
Sorry... my bad on the 3... I could have swore I SAW the same tach/temp operation as in the 5/6... but I was wrong. The 5, 6, and 7 do have this feature for certain. I just checked to make sure.
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so if you want to top off on oil, you need to pour, run back to the dash, look at the display, then go back, pour some more, run back, etc. *scratcheshead*
what was wrong with the good old, dipstick?

and who could forget the E46 and the faulty oil level sensor. just had that one replaced on my 330i. what are u supposed to do then? i never heard of a dipstick going bad....

the gadget freak in me is screaming "COOOL!" the practical side of me is asking "WHY???"
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so if you want to top off on oil, you need to pour, run back to the dash, look at the display, then go back, pour some more, run back, etc. *scratcheshead*
what was wrong with the good old, dipstick?

and who could forget the E46 and the faulty oil level sensor. just had that one replaced on my 330i. what are u supposed to do then? i never heard of a dipstick going bad....

the gadget freak in me is screaming "COOOL!" the practical side of me is asking "WHY???"
I think having the electric oil display in the car is cool and makes it easy to quickly check the oil in the car. But if you want to top it off/add some I can see how that might be difficult. Aside from the steps you mentioned, wouldn't you also have to keep turning the car on+off to keep adding oil/checking the screen?
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I think having the electric oil display in the car is cool and makes it easy to quickly check the oil in the car. But if you want to top it off/add some I can see how that might be difficult. Aside from the steps you mentioned, wouldn't you also have to keep turning the car on+off to keep adding oil/checking the screen?
it might be able to update as the level goes up. but if you need to keep cycling the ignition on and off, that would be a royal pain
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What the heck is wrong with having a simple low tech dipstick that will never malfunction!?

Know we have another freakn' sending unit that will malfunction and cost 200 bucks to have fixed. If if the damn thing does malfunction now there is no way to check the oil level... this just frockn' stupid.
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I agree that no dipstick is moronic. Dirt simple, time-tested, cheap, almost idiot-proof to use. I can understand if they were using a dry sump setup, but it's not from my understanding.

The "water temp" gauge on the E46 was a glorified idiot light anyway (also on a lot of other cars now). Personally - give me an accurate, easy to read temp gauge (oil pressure too while you're at it!) and idiot lights will serve for everything else I guess.
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So I woudn't be able to change the oil myself with my Mityvac pump?
Would you be able to if you took the oil filter cap off first and shove the extractor's tube down there?
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