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      08-28-2008, 05:46 PM   #1
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I just got my 1200 mile service and my service indicator is half way iin between the high and low mark. Before the service, it was almost to the top arrow.

Is this where it should be?
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      08-28-2008, 05:49 PM   #2
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After my 1200 mile service mine was full..I def think you need to tell them that they did not give u enough oil
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Take multiple readings before asking for more oil.
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      08-28-2008, 06:27 PM   #4
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Take multiple readings before asking for more oil.
I had the services on Tuesday and the level was about the same. The photo was taken today which shows the same level (maybe even a bit lower). I will see what is shows tomorrow when I have to go to the dealer anyway.
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      08-28-2008, 06:42 PM   #5
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you really got screwed - mine was overfilled!!!! I got bonus oil!!!! ;(
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      08-28-2008, 07:33 PM   #6
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My other German car did the same thing, It's full ,it,s just the sensor.
Two weeks from now it will show full, or even if it's a half a quart down it will go down to the next mark. Very sensitive

Nothing to worry about.

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      08-28-2008, 10:18 PM   #7
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My other German car did the same thing, It's full ,it,s just the sensor.
Two weeks from now it will show full, or even if it's a half a quart down it will go down to the next mark. Very sensitive

Nothing to worry about.
Thanks. Why is it that it takes a few weeks to accurately read the oil levels? What if it really was too low?
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      08-28-2008, 10:27 PM   #8
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Thanks. Why is it that it takes a few weeks to accurately read the oil levels? What if it really was too low?
It's the sensor, they must get them from the same vendor
I went back to the dealer 3 times, I had the same concern, and every time they checked the oil, it was full. One day it was showing full, and the next it was down to the middle hatch mark.

I even made them change the oil again just to be safe, and once again the same thing----------- middle hatch mark , I gave up don't worry be happy. oh I forgot to tell you, if the oil is low you will get the low oil light...lol


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Write BMW for a dipstick...
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      08-28-2008, 11:43 PM   #10
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<insert obligatory generic comment regarding the idiocy of not putting a real dipstick on this engine>
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      08-28-2008, 11:45 PM   #11
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No. Add oil. 10W60 please.
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      08-29-2008, 01:56 AM   #12
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Makes you wonder how you can rely on that indicator if it's wrong half the time. Mine showed close to the top arrow both before and after my service.
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      08-29-2008, 09:52 AM   #13
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Mine read overfilled for the first few days after my 1200 mile service (they put in 9+ quarts). Now it's settled at just a notch under max.
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      08-29-2008, 10:20 AM   #14
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Makes you wonder how you can rely on that indicator if it's wrong half the time. Mine showed close to the top arrow both before and after my service.
huh? So you're saying they cant possibly of put less oil back in his motor after the service?


If the oil stays in the middle, I wouldn't worry about it. I'd prefer the oil at the point anyway. Don't add oil yourself until it hits the minimum mark
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huh? So you're saying they cant possibly of put less oil back in his motor after the service?


If the oil stays in the middle, I wouldn't worry about it. I'd prefer the oil at the point anyway. Don't add oil yourself until it hits the minimum mark
No, I'm saying if all these posts say the indicator is wrong, how can you ever rely on it?
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      08-29-2008, 12:37 PM   #16
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Just add a quarter of a liter and check. This will verify if you have a bad sensor, which I don't think you have.
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Just add a quarter of a liter and check. This will verify if you have a bad sensor, which I don't think you have.
In my experience with the same type of sensor, having the same type of issue as the OP, they are not bad, just SESITIVE to a lot of factors. the last thing you want to do IMHO is overfill, and it is easy for the dealer to check for you without adding any oil.

I would bet the dealer will come back and tell you it is normal for the sensor, and there is not a problem.

But what do I know Also the OP had just done his 1200 mi service, therefore if the tech new what he was doing, lol, it would have been full one would think.
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      08-29-2008, 01:03 PM   #18
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In my experience with the same type of sensor, having the same type of issue as the OP, they are not bad, just SESITIVE to a lot of factors. the last thing you want to do IMHO is overfill, and it is easy for the dealer to check for you without adding any oil.

I would bet the dealer will come back and tell you it is normal for the sensor, and there is not a problem.

But what do I know Also the OP had just done his 1200 mi service, therefore if the tech new what he was doing, lol, it would have been full one would think.
Also in my experience, with my last 3 cars including this one (P and BM), they are all using oil sensor instead of dipstick. So far I didn't have any problem with it (knock on wood). But there is always the first time. I will just top it up a little bit at a time and check after each step. The first top up will confirm if there is somehthing wrong with it. But as you mention, just let the dealer check and top it up if needed.
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      08-29-2008, 02:19 PM   #19
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Mine came back from the 1200 mile service the same way (showing 1/2 down)...and I took it back to the dealer. Sure enough, they had short-filled it (and apologized).
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      08-29-2008, 02:43 PM   #20
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Mine came back from the 1200 mile service the same way (showing 1/2 down)...and I took it back to the dealer. Sure enough, they had short-filled it (and apologized).
Wow, I guess people do make mistakes! did they tell you how much they forgot to put in,or to top it off ?

Naughty Tech.

FYI, my problem was a little different. 1 day it was full, and the next it was at the middle hatch mark. Back to the dealer and was told it was full even showing in the middle.
Two weeks later it was showing full again, blah blah blah
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      08-30-2008, 02:20 AM   #21
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i got it fuelled up AND i got the oil-bottle (the rest) ... you should slap your dealer around a bit
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how can you ever rely on it?
you can't.
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