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Old 06-07-2015, 01:53 PM
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Question Normal oil consumption & the newer N63TU? (I'm at 2,600mi and down 2 qts)

Got an iDrive warning that oil is at the minimum level and to add 2 quarts. I have just 2,600 miles on my 2015 550i xDrive.

I know I'm still below BMW's magic 6,000 ring seating break-in period that their tech advisories on oil consumption talk about, but man that seems like quite a lot to use in so few miles.

I'd read the posts on the N63 in the past, but have not seen much discussion on how much oil the updated N63TU that's in my car uses during regular use. Experiences? Thoughts for dealing with my service advisor?
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This, the history of the N63 and recent press on updated oil and battery change intervals has me a bit unsettled. And I've owned some pretty cranky turbo cars in the past...
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Old 06-07-2015, 04:55 PM
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The N63T appears to be no different than the N63 with respect to oil consumption. My N63T needs a single quart after about 11kmi which was the same for my N63. Drive it hard to break it in and the oil consumption decreases. Personally, I take my cars directly from delivery at the BMW Welt to the Autobahn and let it rip.
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Old 06-08-2015, 03:14 AM
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I would not add oil--and make an appointment with your dealer to let them deal with this. 2 qt. addition for a 2,600mi. car raises a lot of eyebrows. This engine should be listed, at least Porsche would, monitor for oil consumption.

This needs to go into the car's records for your protection. Let them deal with it. That is not normal for a new modern production engine. Where's it going? Sensor problem...engine and turbos cooking it off as if it were making Chicken Parm?

Take a picture of the I-Drive notice for your records, and take it in. This isn't a cheap car, and it shouldn't have these problems. Excess oil break in is a thing of the past...this isn't the 1950's. Unless you've been hammering the hell out of it every chance you had, there's something not right. It may not have been filled to correct levels to begin with....
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Thanks to you both.

I followed BMW's break-in procedure per the manual till 1,000 miles and have driven it with plenty of spirit since then. Love the motor. Same philosophy about breaking it in.

I had the same feeling on documenting the issue. Will be calling the service advisor. Sigh.

Others' experiences with the N63TU welcome.
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how often do you redline the motor, I mean touch the needle to the top, after oil is wamred up of course
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Service advisor: it's no problem. Just bring it by and we can top it off quickly w/o even having to take the time to enter it into the system.

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I'm new to the forum, so I haven't had a chance to see if my similar issue has been discussed. I purchased a 2011 550ix last fall. I understand that the discussion is for a 2015, but maybe this will help. Starting a few months ago I've needed to put a quart in every 1k miles. When I called BMW I was told that they are aware of the issue and I needed to bring my car in for service. They didn't offer a lot of info other than it needed new "seals". Considering they will need the car for 4 days, I figure it's got to be a whole lot more complicated than they are willing to admit.

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My previous 2011 550 with the N63, and my current M5 with the S63tu both consumed a quart a month with a mix of tame and aggressive driving, and approx 1200 miles a month. I'm bringing it in for service next week and will ask about the consumption on the M5, but I'm sure they will tell me it's normal.
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does aggressive driving mean foot to the floor till redline?
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does aggressive driving mean foot to the floor till redline?
Yeah, pretty much. I like to accelerate hard getting onto the highway and give the engine a good workout once in a while for example, or if I'm out on country roads I will give it a hard run through the first couple of gears when pulling away from stop signs. Not driving them hard once in a while isn't good for them apparently. I don't mean "aggressive" as in weaving in and out of traffic like a tool or anything like that.
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I have a 2014 550 w/TU I now have 45,xxx miles. Never burned a drop of oil, (that I know of), low oil light never came in, I change oil every 6k
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Averaging a quart of oil every 5K on my N63TU that now has 23K miles. The experience with this engine has been nothing short of great.
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Does the consumed oil end up in the catalytic converters?
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