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      01-01-2012, 05:27 PM   #1
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Hey everyone, I just got my brand new 2011 E93 a few days ago.

I'll cut right to the chase. The car only has 6XX miles on it so I'm only halfway to the first 1,200 mile service, but already it's telling me my engine oil is low and I need to add 1qt. I have been babying the car and not going over 5,000rpm like I was told.

I was told that the engine has break-in oil in it now and I know break in oil is different than regular 10w-60 because break in oil has a higher zinc content. I don't want to drive the car if it's low on oil so my question is what type of oil should I put in?
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      01-01-2012, 05:30 PM   #2
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I'd likely simply put in the oil that is recommended in the book....I cannot imagine it would hurt anything if still nervous, buzz your SA tomorrow

BTW, I also have a '11 convertible such an awesome car with the top down!
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OP: I'd take it back to the Dealer ASAP and let them deal with it.
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      01-01-2012, 05:38 PM   #4
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I'm going to call the dealer first thing tomorrow when they open. I don't even want to risk driving it and having the engine seize. I was just going to see if anyone had info on here first. Thanks for the quick responses
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Welcome and congrats on the car!

Drive it 400 more miles and take it in for the 1200 mile service...no problem!
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OP: Don't do that. Take it to the dealer, or add oil... obviously do the 1200 service as well when it's due.
Yeah I didn't plan on driving it. I was just wondering if I can add the 10w-60 or if I need to add more break in oil.
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Curious why it would have burnt so much factory fill break-in oil already.

Did you use the manufacturer suggested break-in procedure or the motorsports technique for more power, better piston ring seating, less wear, and oil burning.
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I didn't know there was a specific procedure. I was just told to keep it under 5000rpm until the 1200 service
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Yea the manufacturer method is safe and easy. Definitely no real harm following their method.

Slightly more complicated and somewhat controversial is this break-in method: http://www.mototuneusa.com/break_in_secrets.htm
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The BREAK-IN oil has an ADDITIVE in it, that's it.

That information comes from BMW AG.

One of my M3s had about 800 miles on it and the oil was getting a little low, so the dealer did my 1200 service at around 1000 miles. As long as the computer goes from Orange to Yellow, BMW will cover it NC.

Also, like one of the posters stated just add a little 10W 60. DO NOT RUN OUT OF OIL!

One thing, do NOT OVERFILL, it is death for an M3, that comes straight from the MASTER TECH who works on my cars. Better to under fill a little!
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      01-01-2012, 07:55 PM   #11
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Thanks for the info, I'm just going to add about a half qt maybe less. for now.
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      01-02-2012, 02:20 AM   #12
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Yeah I'll give it a try. I literally spent 15 minutes under the hood looking for a dipstick, turned out I was the dipstick looking for one. I'm use to working on my Evo and my other jap cars with them ha ha. I love the electronics and the way bmw over complicates everything don't get me wrong, but some things should be left the "analog" way for accuracy.
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OP. When I was in Germany doing euro delivery the car told me to add oil which I did. It turned out it did not need it and later told me I had to much oil which is a worst problem. Just take it in.

Got 18k and no problem at all with car. Enjoy in good health.
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some things should be left the "analog" way for accuracy.
Second that (though my professional education tells me otherwise)!!
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OP, no big deal... just add 1/2qt. at first (like you've planned already), then wait for the next reading. If you still need some more, add the other 1/2. No more... And as mentioned above, remember to be on a flat surface.
If you still get a low reading after all this, it's dealer time; there's something wrong.
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One thing, do NOT OVERFILL, it is death for an M3, that comes straight from the MASTER TECH who works on my cars. Better to under fill a little!
Funny. My master tech told me that a small amount of overfill would do exactly.....nothing. A subsequent experience has shown this to be the case. Obviously, grossly overfilling will lead to problems.

But, "death for an M3". Hardly. Although the melodrama was amusing.
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We all have our different ideas but I agree that you should just call the dealer when they open and tell them what it is doing and get their recommendation. I am sure everything is fine.
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why fool with it - take it to your dealer. No big deal.
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