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      12-25-2011, 09:34 AM   #1
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I think I got the short end!

Went to the track and at the end of the day my oil level indicator read over maximum.took it to the dealer and they said I must have added oil,which I never have.they said I would have to authorize a paid oil change( my car has 12 k miles and not entitled to a free one). I had them measure the oil and they said 10 qts came out,which is what they put in at the 1200 mi service.then they said they have never seen a m3 go that many miles without burning at least a qt and I must have added too much.no faults were tripped so they couldn't cover it under warranty,they did compromise and wrote off the labor,but it still cost me 160.00 ,at least I have new oil but there's no reason it should have read high.anyone have similar problems after the track?they did ask if I tracked the car .
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      12-27-2011, 02:28 AM   #2
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I never had that problem. It sounds like they were just looking for an excuse not to blame the stupid oil sensor indicator. Yeah, I hate it!
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      12-27-2011, 06:58 AM   #3
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I did get an erroneous reading on one occasion after running the car hard. The oil level had been reading at mid level prior to this hard run. I was confidant this was an accurate reading because I observed the level drop from near max to the mid level over the course of several months. After completing the run the oil level indicator was reading at the max level. I knew this was incorrect. It took two days for the oil indicator to return an accurate reading, which was at mid level.
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      12-27-2011, 08:05 AM   #4
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I probably should have waited a bit,but the dealer said they had never seen this problem,maybe if they watched the forum they would have.
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      12-27-2011, 08:07 AM   #5
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I'm sure your dealer is aware that the oil sensor on the M3 is prone to mis-readings. When I last had my oil changed, I got about a mile away and the low oil light came on. I returned and the mechanic said the M3 can take 8 - 10 quarts of oil and that they never know how much, only to stop once the sensor sees the oil level as full. The M5 does not have such issues. He complained that the problem with reading the oil level made them appear as idiots. Anyway, he added a quart to mine which brought it up to 9.
It sucks that they blamed you. I would definately complain to their service manager and maybe seek out another dealer to take your car to.
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      12-27-2011, 09:21 AM   #6
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Sounds like you need to find a new dealer. If someone there told me that, I would tell them thanks but no thanks.
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      12-27-2011, 09:23 AM   #7
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$160 for oil and a filter!!!
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      12-27-2011, 09:24 AM   #8
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plus, they could have just drained a small amount, no need to do an oil change due to a small overfill ?!?!?!
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      12-27-2011, 10:35 AM   #9
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With only 12k miles I would complain big time with the dealer, particularly if that is where you purchased the car. Given the info you have provided, IMO, no way this should be put on your sholders. I have tracked my M3 very hard, and for 20 laps during an open lap day, and no indication anywhere that anything was amiss. The only low reading was GAS - duh.

I hope that you will have some success with your follow up with the dealer.
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      12-27-2011, 10:36 AM   #10
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If your oil reader gives you a overfill reading way after you had oil change and it otherwise was showing normal, it is not the oil itself but clearly a sensor.

Either way no need to pay for an oil change. You can drain oil from the front sump without jacking car up or anything. One hex bolt (make sure the car is cooled down-hot oil drains!) and it drains half quart. That is enough to drop oil to safe levels. If still high you can repeat as many times as necessary and will always give out 1/2 quart as long as you start the car and put the hex bolt back. Then remove again and the front sump will again be full of 1/2 quart of oil
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      12-27-2011, 10:39 AM   #11
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$160 for oil and a filter!!!
$160 for oil and filter is not that bad IMO.

I just bought 10 liters of oil and filter came out to $140 something. This was wholesale pricing too with no tax.
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      12-28-2011, 11:27 PM   #12
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Yes, 10W60 synthetic is an odd ball and VERY expensive to boot. I ran all over town to find a spare quart or two and had to settle on buying from the BMW dealer at about $14/quart!
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