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      03-04-2013, 05:16 PM   #1
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How many quarts of Oil do I need for an oil change?

Time to change the oil on my 2008 E90 M3. I forgot, how many quarts do I need?
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Let me search for you....

http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=808129

It's on the first page of the DIY section.
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It is 9 liters which is about 9.5 quarts. If you buy it from the dealer they come in liter bottles. If you buy aftermarket fluids they might come in quarts.
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Thanks!
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I will tell you though, that I ALWAYS start by adding only 8, and then seeing what it has to say over the next few days.

I empty both sumps, and usually only have to add 8 liters and the meter will tell me that the oil level is anywhere at or between 50-100%.

Long story short, ENSURE you get 9 liters out of it before putting 9 liters in. I've never had to put 9 liters back in. It doesn't help that the electronic dipstick is complete garbage.

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      03-04-2013, 06:22 PM   #6
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I will tell you though, that I ALWAYS start by adding only 8, and then seeing what it has to say over the next few days.

I empty both sumps, and usually only have to add 8 quarts and the meter will tell me that the oil level is anywhere at or between 50-100%.

Long story short, ENSURE you get 9 quarts out of it before putting 9 quarts in. I've never had to put 9 quarts back in. It doesn't help that the electronic dipstick is complete garbage.
+1 on this. It is better to be somewhere in between the min and max lines, than to be over filled.
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      03-04-2013, 06:26 PM   #7
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I will tell you though, that I ALWAYS start by adding only 8, and then seeing what it has to say over the next few days.

I empty both sumps, and usually only have to add 8 quarts and the meter will tell me that the oil level is anywhere at or between 50-100%.

Long story short, ENSURE you get 9 quarts out of it before putting 9 quarts in. I've never had to put 9 quarts back in. It doesn't help that the electronic dipstick is complete garbage.
You mean liters, not quarts. The factory fluids come in liters. If you buy stuff like Redline, it comes in quarts. Liters are not quarts!

You should add at least 8 liters and test oil level before adding more. Or add 9 quarts and test before adding more.

The electronic dipstick is garbage. It takes a few days of driving before it reads the right level. It somehow takes a average level reading and it takes a while before it'll give you the right reading.
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You mean liters, not quarts. The factory fluids come in liters. If you buy stuff like Redline, it comes in quarts. Liters are not quarts!

You should add at least 8 liters and test oil level before adding more. Or add 9 quarts and test before adding more.

The electronic dipstick is garbage. It takes a few days of driving before it reads the right level. It somehow takes a average level reading and it takes a while before it'll give you the right reading.
Yep, thanks for that. I will edit original post.
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      03-05-2013, 04:34 PM   #9
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yep, always easier to add than to take out if you overfill. Start with 8 and slowly add a quarter bottle at a time after each reading.

Remember the oil filter housing also holds oil as well.
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      03-05-2013, 05:44 PM   #10
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I've changed mine a few times now. Assuming you drain from both drain plugs, letting it drain for awhile, (like an hour or more) and get most of the oil out of the filter housing, 8.8 liters. Not 8.7. Not 8.9. Exactly 8.8 has resulted in oil level indication on the top bar every time.
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i put 8.5 in and it was perfect. i think 8.5 is what they put for the 1200 mile service also
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See this : http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=937663

I have put in 9.25 liters of oil and it is still showing 3/4ths full. I have stopped putting any more oil now. I already drove over 300 miles since the oil change and will drive 200-300 more and if it shows 3/4ths full, only then I will add 100-200 ml more.
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I've changed mine a few times now. Assuming you drain from both drain plugs, letting it drain for awhile, (like an hour or more) and get most of the oil out of the filter housing, 8.8 liters. Not 8.7. Not 8.9. Exactly 8.8 has resulted in oil level indication on the top bar every time.
Unsure if it is different for everyone. However I put in exactly in the end...9.25 liters. Oil level indicator at the top bar. I have read many others at around 9 to 9.3. So unsure why...this oil indicator is a POS. I start by putting in around 8.5 liters and driver it around ...once the oil "disabler" finally kicks in I slowly add more.

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      01-23-2014, 01:48 AM   #14
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just fill 8 full bottles/liters then the last bottle/liter only half. After that you can add a little bit more once you check your oil levels
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just fill 8 full bottles/liters then the last bottle/liter only half. After that you can add a little bit more once you check your oil levels
Pretty sure after a year he's figured it out
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Pretty sure after a year he's figured it out
lolll dam just noticed it
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It is 9 liters which is about 9.5 quarts. If you buy it from the dealer they come in liter bottles. If you buy aftermarket fluids they might come in quarts.
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