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      07-16-2012, 03:07 AM   #1
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Oil usage

Hey guys,

My car recently showed the +1 litre for my oil, so filled up 250ml...this message continued to show, and I topped up another 250ml.

The idrive showed the oil level was 'ok' but a week after topping up it's showing oil level low again!!! Should I just keep filling the oil up? Has anyone else experienced this problem?

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      07-16-2012, 04:17 AM   #2
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Should I just keep filling the oil up? Has anyone else experienced this problem?
According to the manual, "Add at least 0.5 US quart/0.5 liters, otherwise the oil-level monitor will be unable to display the new value reliably." I think most members have experienced this problem, our engines love burning oil!
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      07-16-2012, 06:38 AM   #3
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Burning oil is completely normal
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Burning oil + unreliable measuring device is normal. If it says +1 go ahead and add 750ml. But it seems you lost 250ml in a week if I'm reading that right. Maybe see if there is a small leak, unless your driving a lot and hitting high revs often, then that's normal. Happy driving!
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You're doing it right. Only add 250 mL at a time or you risk over filling it due to the inaccuracy of the gauge. I find that it needs different amounts to be happy each time it comes on (250, 500, or 750 mL) so adding 750 mL right out of the gate may be too much.

You didn't lose 250 mL in a week. The gauge is not exact, it's measurement has has some uncertainty so the 500 mL you added was probably borderline enough and the gauge measured it as 'OK' one time and low another time.
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You're doing it right. Only add 250 mL at a time or you risk over filling it due to the inaccuracy of the gauge. I find that it needs different amounts to be happy each time it comes on (250, 500, or 750 mL) so adding 750 mL right out of the gate may be too much.

You didn't lose 250 mL in a week. The gauge is not exact, it's measurement has has some uncertainty so the 500 mL you added was probably borderline enough and the gauge measured it as 'OK' one time and low another time.
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I'm having a similar problem, was about to make a new thread but I'll post here.
Recently the dash told me it was low on oil and to add +1L. So I put 0.5L just to be safe. After a day of driving it still says to add +1L. So I put the other 0.5L in. Then it wouldn't read the oil level at all, kept showing the spinning clock after 2 days of driving. Now today it finally read the oil level and is showing right at the top level of the OK marker. How the hell can it go from the very bottom to the top level with only 0.5L added?? I miss the old oil dip stick...
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Usually it asks me to add about 1 quart after 7,000 miles or so, around where I normally change the oil (at 1/2 the suggested interval).

I would try resetting the measurement and have it recalculate.

On my E60 550, It said low oil for 2 days, and then went away on its own. I still added a quart and now it reports ok. Yesterday in the M3 it said oil at minimum level and "+1qt". I added a quart and it also says OK.

I wish we had a dipstick!
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      07-17-2012, 03:15 PM   #9
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Normal to burn oil.... I always keep at least one qt in my trunk...
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