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      04-02-2013, 06:11 PM   #23
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Personally I think that a lot of people are overly worried about the oil in our cars. I understand that oil is the lifeblood of the engine but if the low oil light comes on you are only down 1 quart out of ~8-9qts.

I wouldn't continue driving long distances if the light comes on but you don't have to pull over to the side of the freeway and add oil right away.

Light comes on add 1 quart within a reasonable time frame, it's that simple
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      04-04-2013, 12:10 PM   #24
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On a somewhat related note, what is the average oil consumption on the S65? I seem to be burning about a quart every two months on my daily driver (I drive approx 1500 miles a month).
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Personally I think that a lot of people are overly worried about the oil in our cars. I understand that oil is the lifeblood of the engine but if the low oil light comes on you are only down 1 quart out of ~8-9qts.

I wouldn't continue driving long distances if the light comes on but you don't have to pull over to the side of the freeway and add oil right away.

Light comes on add 1 quart within a reasonable time frame, it's that simple
Agreed. Plus when I change the oil, I tend to add till the limit.

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On a somewhat related note, what is the average oil consumption on the S65? I seem to be burning about a quart every two months on my daily driver (I drive approx 1500 miles a month).
0 quarts over 6500miles. Engine now at 67k
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      05-03-2013, 04:59 PM   #26
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On a somewhat related note, what is the average oil consumption on the S65? I seem to be burning about a quart every two months on my daily driver (I drive approx 1500 miles a month).
I have 20k miles on my car, and to date i've added 1.5 bottles over my lifetime.
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      05-06-2013, 12:46 PM   #27
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Seems like my oil consumption is above average. I've been keeping an eye on the oil cap, I have the older style but I haven't seen any leakage from it. I'll probably send my oil in for an analysis during my next change. The motor seems to be running strong though, so I don't think its an issue at the moment.
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      05-06-2013, 02:50 PM   #28
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I would, and have, run at that oil level and then add a full quart when the engine tells me too, rather than "effing about" adding oil and waiting for a read. Currently, that level means I have to add oil in about 500 miles.

I trust the BMW engineers too tell me when is too much, and when is too little to protect the engine. Not sure what happens in the middle between the marks though, but I think the rate of loss is consistent, and the oil meter drop reflects the shape of the oil sump.

I always carry 2 quarts in the trunk...although you would only ever need one at a time, 2 just seems better.

I have 78K on my M3 and about 30 track days and I am adding one quart every 3K. It was only about 45-50K that I needed to start adding oil. Apparently, 1 quart every 800 miles is still within BMW spec!
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      05-08-2013, 10:53 PM   #29
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I would, and have, run at that oil level and then add a full quart when the engine tells me too, rather than "effing about" adding oil and waiting for a read. Currently, that level means I have to add oil in about 500 miles.

I trust the BMW engineers too tell me when is too much, and when is too little to protect the engine. Not sure what happens in the middle between the marks though, but I think the rate of loss is consistent, and the oil meter drop reflects the shape of the oil sump.

I always carry 2 quarts in the trunk...although you would only ever need one at a time, 2 just seems better.

I have 78K on my M3 and about 30 track days and I am adding one quart every 3K. It was only about 45-50K that I needed to start adding oil. Apparently, 1 quart every 800 miles is still within BMW spec!

To get a faster oil reading use the "Quick Measurement" method from page 204 in the owners manual or look in the "Under the Hood section".
I have attached the directions from the PDF E92 M3 manual.

Using this method you can force another oil level reading without turning off the engine. If stopped on a level surface the updated reading will happen in about 1 minute, faster than shutting down the engine, opening the hood, finding a towel, pulling a dipstick, cleaning the dip stick, and using the clean dip stick to check the level. I would shut off the engine if oil needed to be added or you will have a big mess.
You can add 1/4 quart oil (engine off) then restart and force a Quick Measurement with the vehicle on level ground in about 3 minutes with a warm engine.
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To get a faster oil reading use the "Quick Measurement" method from page 204 in the owners manual or look in the "Under the Hood section".
I have attached the directions from the PDF E92 M3 manual.

Using this method you can force another oil level reading without turning off the engine. If stopped on a level surface the updated reading will happen in about 1 minute, faster than shutting down the engine, opening the hood, finding a towel, pulling a dipstick, cleaning the dip stick, and using the clean dip stick to check the level. I would shut off the engine if oil needed to be added or you will have a big mess.
You can add 1/4 quart oil (engine off) then restart and force a Quick Measurement with the vehicle on level ground in about 3 minutes with a warm engine.
I've attempted that in the past but I've come to realize the system is flawed.

It will give you the same reading 3-4 times and then 2 weeks later it jumps up to full.

Since then I've told my tech to drain for 10 mins and add 8.75l and forget it.
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      05-10-2013, 09:24 AM   #31
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when i did my oil change i put 8.5 and it was showing exactly on what you have...

I drove for several days and after 2-3 days it went up... to the top line.. if you took your time and really drained your oil and 9qtz doesnt hurt. i put 9.5 at one time due to jacking each corner of the car to drain the oil... thats just me.

to be safe drive it until it ask you to put a quart of oil should not take that long since your already close to the low line.
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      05-10-2013, 10:35 AM   #32
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when i did my oil change i put 8.5 and it was showing exactly on what you have...

I drove for several days and after 2-3 days it went up... to the top line.. if you took your time and really drained your oil and 9qtz doesnt hurt. i put 9.5 at one time due to jacking each corner of the car to drain the oil... thats just me.

to be safe drive it until it ask you to put a quart of oil should not take that long since your already close to the low line.
It's been 1000kms and it has not moved at all!
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If you jack all 4 corners, you get more oil out than if you just jack the front to get access to the sump.
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      05-13-2013, 10:41 AM   #34
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. my e46 had this weird thing under the hood that has oil on the end of it?
Got to say I too miss the old dipstick.

OP, to reiterate what others have said, hope you were patient with the reading. You have to be careful not to overfill.
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