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The sixth generation of the BMW 5 Series Sedan (F10) was produced from 2011 - 2016 with LCI updates arriving in 2014. In the US BMW offered a hatchback 5 Series Gran Truismo (F07) and the rest of the world also go a Station Wagon/Touring version F11.

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Old 09-08-2010, 06:27 PM
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Initial breaking. Low oil light came on. What brand etc? Or just synthetic?

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Initial breaking. Low oil light came on. What brand etc? Or just synthetic?

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What does your owners manual say? You didn't read it did you? It has all kinds of information about your car.

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Old 09-08-2010, 06:55 PM
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Not ever heard of low oil level during break in period. Maybe they didn't fill it properly???? Can't imagine you would burn off enough at this point. I would head to the dealer and have them fill 'er up and check it out.
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What does your owners manual say? You didn't read it did you? It has all kinds of information about your car.

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Agree, seems very unusual for the oil light to come on so soon. How many miles have you put on your car?
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What does your owners manual say? You didn't read it did you? It has all kinds of information about your car.

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And one doesn't even need to dig out a paper manual and read through it - it's all right there on the iDrive screen. How much easier can BMW make it?
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Initial breaking. Low oil light came on. What brand etc? Or just synthetic?

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When the light comes on the manual says that you need to add oil within the next 125 miles. Any high performance synthetic will do with a weight of 5-30 or 5-40. The manual recommends Castrol but Mobil 1 would be good too. Drive it straight to your dealer because there is something amiss when your light comes on during the break-in period. Good luck.
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Thanks 1 hot....to the rest I am aware of the manual...just figured maybe someone could reccomend a better product...I have had this happen in my previous 550...guess it doesn't happen to the smaller engine 5s. Dealer said normal during first 2k. Miles. Everyone should stop flaming. Message boards are community's not places to take shots at people who are asking questions.

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Really! My 08 535i ran low on a trip to FL prior to its first scheduled oil change and it was a little disconcerting. Added a quart of Castrol and brought to the dealer who said this sometimes happens and is within tolerance by BMW specs. The car never ran low on oil again for the 43,000 miles I had it so must have been an early break in occurrence.
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