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      12-05-2010, 02:47 PM   #1
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Low oil light 1200 miles after first service.

I feel like adding a quart from the case bought, but I think it might be wiser to bring it in the dealer so it's documented, just in case of future warranty issues?

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Yes!! Bring it to the dealer ...This happened to me with 2 different dealers but I caught it in their parking lot...They told me the service guy put a quart less. I knew about this trick from before; some dealers purposely put a quart less and charge full price.
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I feel like adding a quart from the case bought, but I think it might be wiser to bring it in the dealer so it's documented, just in case of future warranty issues?

What does m3post think?
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      12-05-2010, 04:41 PM   #3
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I feel like adding a quart from the case bought, but I think it might be wiser to bring it in the dealer so it's documented, just in case of future warranty issues?

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If it indicates a quart low now, then it should have been showing way less than full immediately after the service. Did it? Before being too critical of the dealer, this might have been the result of an effort to avoid over-filling, and they just didn't get a good second check of it after a test drive and getting it up to full temp.
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It was half when it left the dealer, and a quarter 500 miles after.. Still quite a bit of oil consumption.
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Ot of the dealer, it should have read at MAX. It happened to me after the 2000km service and I returned it and they topped it off until it showed MAX.
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      12-05-2010, 07:05 PM   #6
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It was half when it left the dealer, and a quarter 500 miles after.. Still quite a bit of oil consumption.
Yep. Not enough for any warranty action, but worth keeping documented. I'm getting ready to do my own "in-between" oil change now. After 5K miles from the first service (6.2K total), mine still shows full, and that includes a track weekend.
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Why are you posting this here....now? I mean, go out to your garage and pour a little more oil in, check inidcator, if it needs more, add more.

I wouldn't go back to dealer just for that, they are just going to say their sorry and add more. I bought a quart to have at home, and the M3 is gonna burn oil as you drive, always good to have some at home.

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      12-06-2010, 12:17 AM   #8
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I bought a quart to have at home, and the M3 is gonna burn oil as you drive, always good to have some at home.
I also recommend keeping a quart in your trunk just in case you're out enjoying a drive and then the indicator comes on and you're not close to home....just a suggestion...you can never be too attentive!
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I also recommend keeping a quart in your trunk just in case you're out enjoying a drive and then the indicator comes on and you're not close to home....just a suggestion...you can never be to attentive!
Thats a good idea, ill do that!
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Why are you posting this here....now? I mean, go out to your garage and pour a little more oil in, check inidcator, if it needs more, add more.

I wouldn't go back to dealer just for that, they are just going to say their sorry and add more. I bought a quart to have at home, and the M3 is gonna burn oil as you drive, always good to have some at home.

Hope everything works out for you!
I believe his point is to have the oil consumption issue on record with the dealer, in the event it gets worse, which is a good idea. This amount of consumption is not "excessive" by BMW standards, but it's more than normal. These motors don't generally have oil consumption problems.
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I believe his point is to have the oil consumption issue on record with the dealer, in the event it gets worse, which is a good idea. This amount of consumption is not "excessive" by BMW standards, but it's more than normal. These motors don't generally have oil consumption problems.
OP said the lack of oil occurred after the 12000-mile service, meaning the tech who worked on his car didn't put enough oil in his car. This has nothing to do with any ''oil consumption problems''.

Regardless, M3s burn more oil then most cars as you drive anyways, so its always good to have oil with you or in your garage, for times when it needs some.
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OP said the lack of oil occurred after the 12000-mile service, meaning the tech who worked on his car didn't put enough oil in his car. This has nothing to do with any ''oil consumption problems''.

Regardless, M3s burn more oil then most cars as you drive anyways, so its always good to have oil with you or in your garage, for times when it needs some.
I believe it was after the initial 1200 mile service, not 12,000. He said it was half way in the normal/add zone immediately after the service, and down to one-quarter after only 500 miles. So yes, the tech did not fill it, but that pace of consumption is greater than average, although not necessarily an indication of a problem that requires any attention. Having owned three M3's, my experience has not shown any problem with oil consumption. Even several track weekends have not generally resulted in the need to add oil. Maybe my experience is not the norm, but there you go.
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I believe it was after the initial 1200 mile service, not 12,000. He said it was half way in the normal/add zone immediately after the service, and down to one-quarter after only 500 miles. So yes, the tech did not fill it, but that pace of consumption is greater than average, although not necessarily an indication of a problem that requires any attention. Having owned three M3's, my experience has not shown any problem with oil consumption. Even several track weekends have not generally resulted in the need to add oil. Maybe my experience is not the norm, but there you go.
Ops, misspelled, meant to write 1200. Must have missed that 500-miles incident. Just read it though, yeah you're right, shouldn't burn that much in just 500 miles. I'd have them take a look at it, though burning oil have alwaysed seem pretty common for M3s. Maybe you keep getting good batches of them?
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      12-07-2010, 11:07 PM   #14
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You can't measure oil consumption accurately with a sensor in the short term folks. My car ('08) only reads -1, low, half, full, and overfilled. I think newer cars have better accuracy, adding 1/4 and 3/4 levels, but am not sure.
Anyway, my car has an accuracy of 1/2L folks. It's AWFUL. Best way to guesstimate oil consumption is to top off oil little by little until it jumps to full, write down mileage, then wait until you get the 'add +1 or your engine will explode' message , and see how many miles it took your engine to consume 1 liter. If it's anything more than 1,000 miles, BMW considers it normal. Most likely it'll be A LOT more than that, since 1L in 1K miles is ridiculously high IMO.
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It could be they didn't put in quite enough oil during the first service.

Have you been driving the car hard since then?
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They over filled mine! I had to go back there two days later and have it drained. Incompetent!!!!Thank God they don't fly for airline.
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