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      12-16-2013, 06:30 AM   #309
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Can someone please tell me what this "oil temp timer" is? Are people just using that to refer to the temp gauge or the rpm limit gauge?

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Can someone please tell me what this "oil temp timer" is? Are people just using that to refer to the temp gauge or the rpm limit gauge?

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Referring to the oil level display. Once the car is warm enough the display will go from --- to a timer showing that is is calculating the oil level. This timer only appears when the oil is at operating temp, usually around half way between the quarter marker and 210.

However, I have found this to only work when starting the car after a prolonged period like overnight. I have noticed that if I start the car after maybe an hour or so of sitting, the timer will come on quickly while the actual temp gauge is below the quarter marker.
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Can someone please tell me what this "oil temp timer" is? Are people just using that to refer to the temp gauge or the rpm limit gauge?

Thanks!!!

Cheers,
e46e92
Referring to the oil level display. Once the car is warm enough the display will go from --- to a timer showing that is is calculating the oil level. This timer only appears when the oil is at operating temp, usually around half way between the quarter marker and 210.

However, I have found this to only work when starting the car after a prolonged period like overnight. I have noticed that if I start the car after maybe an hour or so of sitting, the timer will come on quickly while the actual temp gauge is below the quarter marker.
Oh.....and I thought I knew everything about this car, I was wondering what algorithm it was following as to when it would show the oil level, just thought it had to be a little warm, not that it had to he at operating temp and that was the intention of BMW to indicate that oil was at operating temp.

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Sorry to resurrect this, but I felt this was worth mentioning for everyone who interpreted BMWNA's site to mean that 5W-30 or even any BMW LL-01 oil was approved for the M3. That page has been taken down entirely. The link in the first post of this thread now goes nowhere, and Google only turns up a few old PDFs that have oil information, but nothing that's linked from the site itself and no actual webpages. Meanwhile, the latest M3 Service and Warranty booklet, available from BMWNA here, says that 10W-60 is the only approved oil.
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Sorry to resurrect this, but I felt this was worth mentioning for everyone who interpreted BMWNA's site to mean that 5W-30 or even any BMW LL-01 oil was approved for the M3. That page has been taken down entirely. The link in the first post of this thread now goes nowhere, and Google only turns up a few old PDFs that have oil information, but nothing that's linked from the site itself and no actual webpages. Meanwhile, the latest M3 Service and Warranty booklet, available from BMWNA here, says that 10W-60 is the only approved oil.
I've known about this for a few weeks now. To me it sounds like BMW-NA got the smack down from BMW-AG. How dare they have an independent thought to stop the carnage.
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