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      06-29-2015, 12:05 PM   #1
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I have had this 2011 E90 M3 since March 2015. Oil change was done this spring about 4000 km ago. I drive the car like it was meant to, waiting for the car to be warmed up and then flooring the gas pedal when I feel like seeing some shift lights...

The oil was on the top mark at oil change, then about 2000km in, it went about halfway down, and now, at 4000km post oil change, I got the add 1L oil message.

I added 750ml and went for a drive. Back at the top mark....

I know some of these cars drink a little oil... I'm just curious as to if my consumption is normal or excessive.

As a side note, it seems my oil level dropped both times (to the half mark and the bottom mark) after doing some spirited driving... Is that pure coincidence?
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The computerized dipstick is notoriously finicky. Its known to report incorrectly. Chances are you were never at max fill, just about 1/4 from max and then when the system caught up with your mileage and your top off you are more likely where you really are oil wise.
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Keep monitoring and see if in another 2000km - it drops again.

I just got my M3 and have put about 2500km so far, haven't experienced any consumption yet (1 track day at Mosport too - oil was changed prior to the track event).
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your consumption rates seems normal to me, especially since you implied you drive in the high rpm range all the time. I assume you're using 10-60...

In 3-months and 3000 miles, I've consumed about 1.25 bottles of oil, and I'm using 0-40
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Mine is bizarre as well. I'm usually 1 or 2 notches below the recommended max. Been putting in 250ml at a time, and resetting it, and yet it doesn't detect the added oil.
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Mine is bizarre as well. I'm usually 1 or 2 notches below the recommended max. Been putting in 250ml at a time, and resetting it, and yet it doesn't detect the added oil.
Put the bottle down.

Stop adding oil, if you're just 1 or 2 notches below max, you're at danger of overfilling if you keep adding at this point.

Remember, that level indicator tells you the level at the final bottle level, not the overall oil system level. Given the time it takes for the indicator to re-adjust, your method is likely going to result in an overfill, which will cause damage and is a headache to correct. Plus, at your current level and anywhere in between the min and max line, the system is not "low on oil".
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      06-30-2015, 01:45 AM   #7
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Mine is bizarre as well. I'm usually 1 or 2 notches below the recommended max. Been putting in 250ml at a time, and resetting it, and yet it doesn't detect the added oil.
Put the bottle down.

Stop adding oil, if you're just 1 or 2 notches below max, you're at danger of overfilling if you keep adding at this point.

Remember, that level indicator tells you the level at the final bottle level, not the overall oil system level. Given the time it takes for the indicator to re-adjust, your method is likely going to result in an overfill, which will cause damage and is a headache to correct. Plus, at your current level and anywhere in between the min and max line, the system is not "low on oil".
Exactly. My dealer told me not to mess around and never add oil when it's in the middle or even a little below--only when it says add oil is the only time to add.
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      06-30-2015, 09:03 AM   #8
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Mine is bizarre as well. I'm usually 1 or 2 notches below the recommended max. Been putting in 250ml at a time, and resetting it, and yet it doesn't detect the added oil.
Put the bottle down.

Stop adding oil, if you're just 1 or 2 notches below max, you're at danger of overfilling if you keep adding at this point.

Remember, that level indicator tells you the level at the final bottle level, not the overall oil system level. Given the time it takes for the indicator to re-adjust, your method is likely going to result in an overfill, which will cause damage and is a headache to correct. Plus, at your current level and anywhere in between the min and max line, the system is not "low on oil".
Exactly. My dealer told me not to mess around and never add oil when it's in the middle or even a little below--only when it says add oil is the only time to add.
Yes. That is what the "good" book says as well...

Funny thought that the book says add 1 qt, the indicator says add 1L, and I added 750ml to make it full... Three different quantities here. Goes to show you the electronic dipstick is notoriously inaccurate.
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      06-30-2015, 09:30 AM   #9
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I find I never have to add oil in between changes. ~7000km. I'm at 5000km now and haven't had to add anything? I get worried thinking my virtual dipstick is broken.

OP, do you know the OG owner of the vehicle? do you know if a full break in was done?

http://www.mototuneusa.com/break_in_secrets.htm.

I hear other forums say seals weren't broken in properly at break in period.
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      07-01-2015, 10:02 AM   #10
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Put the bottle down.

Stop adding oil, if you're just 1 or 2 notches below max, you're at danger of overfilling if you keep adding at this point.

Remember, that level indicator tells you the level at the final bottle level, not the overall oil system level. Given the time it takes for the indicator to re-adjust, your method is likely going to result in an overfill, which will cause damage and is a headache to correct. Plus, at your current level and anywhere in between the min and max line, the system is not "low on oil".
Okay thanks. Was hoping more oil meant quieter operation like it was on my e46 ZHP. I find the S65 very whiny especially when its cold.
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      07-03-2015, 05:44 AM   #11
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I find I never have to add oil in between changes. ~7000km. I'm at 5000km now and haven't had to add anything? I get worried thinking my virtual dipstick is broken.

OP, do you know the OG owner of the vehicle? do you know if a full break in was done?

http://www.mototuneusa.com/break_in_secrets.htm.

I hear other forums say seals weren't broken in properly at break in period.
Hej YCB,

I wouldn't worry. Same here never added a drop between 8000km changes, meter stays glued on top. Clearly quite big differences between engines oil consumption. Me, I don't mind having one consuming very little...☺
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      07-13-2015, 01:52 AM   #12
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I have had this 2011 E90 M3 since March 2015. Oil change was done this spring about 4000 km ago. I drive the car like it was meant to, waiting for the car to be warmed up and then flooring the gas pedal when I feel like seeing some shift lights...

The oil was on the top mark at oil change, then about 2000km in, it went about halfway down, and now, at 4000km post oil change, I got the add 1L oil message.

I added 750ml and went for a drive. Back at the top mark....

I know some of these cars drink a little oil... I'm just curious as to if my consumption is normal or excessive.

As a side note, it seems my oil level dropped both times (to the half mark and the bottom mark) after doing some spirited driving... Is that pure coincidence?
I experienced a very similar occurrence. Except my 11E90 was picked up in October 2014. Had the oil changed by dealer a month or so later. Put under 1k miles in that time frame. And a few weeks thereafter it was begging for more oil. I gave it half a quart which brought it up to the full mark. Few days ago I did a check and its at the midway mark.
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      07-19-2015, 11:14 AM   #13
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I just changed my oil completely yesterday. I put in 9 liters of the new BMW M recommended oil. My system still states my oil is half. How long does it take to recognize the new oil?
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      07-21-2015, 06:16 PM   #14
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I just changed my oil completely yesterday. I put in 9 liters of the new BMW M recommended oil. My system still states my oil is half. How long does it take to recognize the new oil?
Sounds about right. Mine does the same. Just run it and when it has consumed enough to ask for it, add a quart/litre.
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i had low oil warning a few weeks ago. didnt get around to going into the dealership until this past weekend. (I only drive my car on the weekends) When i said i was in to buy some oil, they offered to top it off complimentary.
After they brought the car around, i noticed the meter read full. I'm assuming that's normal. The car didnt feel any different, so i don't think they overfilled. But the question I have is, how would they know how much to put in? Is it bad that it reads full?
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i had low oil warning a few weeks ago. didnt get around to going into the dealership until this past weekend. (I only drive my car on the weekends) When i said i was in to buy some oil, they offered to top it off complimentary.
After they brought the car around, i noticed the meter read full. I'm assuming that's normal. The car didnt feel any different, so i don't think they overfilled. But the question I have is, how would they know how much to put in? Is it bad that it reads full?
From what I read, the manual says to add 1L when the car asks for it... Most people here say add 500ml minimum up to 750ml. There is a danger, I guess of overfilling (which happened to me). If it overfilled, it will show the line over max and the car will give you a warning to get your oil checked immediately.... Too much oil causes frothing and that may cause oil starvation, which is bad...

So if yours shows full and in the next couple of days, it still shows full once you be started your car a few times, I would assume you're ok...
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Sounds about right. Mine does the same. Just run it and when it has consumed enough to ask for it, add a quart/litre.
what? So it's normal to change the oil, add 9 liters of oil (9 bottles) and still have a half filled oil reading from the system in the navi?

I thought we would need 9.5 liters including the filter...
I am confused...
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what? So it's normal to change the oil, add 9 liters of oil (9 bottles) and still have a half filled oil reading from the system in the navi?

I thought we would need 9.5 liters including the filter...
I am confused...
Believe the complete system is 8.8 liter. I'd be careful adding more than that mate.
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what? So it's normal to change the oil, add 9 liters of oil (9 bottles) and still have a half filled oil reading from the system in the navi?

I thought we would need 9.5 liters including the filter...
I am confused...
Believe the complete system is 8.8 liter. I'd be careful adding more than that mate.
Its 8.8 without the filter I believe. Regardless why isn't the reading at full and stating at midway?!
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Its 8.8 without the filter I believe. Regardless why isn't the reading at full and stating at midway?!
Does it really matter? Like with a manual dipstick it's a minimum to maximum scale. As long as the reading is somewhere between the two, you're good to go.
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