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      05-09-2014, 03:57 AM   #1
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At 6k miles, car needs oil

I did a nice high speed drive in the hills and the next day I was on a road trip, about 200 mi. The oil indicator popped on and said Please add 1 quart of oil as soon as possible. I called the dealer and he said I should be fine cause they have 9 quarts in there. It still says the same thing, just 1 quart of oil, but I'm curious if it only tells you when it's 1 quart low and doesn't have any further measurement.

I have been driving my car regularly for 2 weeks. Also, I drove back home the 200 mi from the mountains with the low oil indicator. I missed my appt this week, so am going next week for other service. At that point it will be 2.5 weeks.

Think I'm ok?
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Why not just add a quart????????? Quite a few of us ride with a qt in the trunk. I got a quart container bag with velcro on the bottom of it just to be all fancy... Drop some oil in your car.
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If you read the manual you would see it says to add oil immediately to avoid engine damage. No idea why the dealer would tell you its ok to drive 200+ miles with low oil.

Not saying your engine is damaged, but like the poster above said, you should always carry a quart in your trunk as the M3 can consume oil frequently. Also, its usually best to add 1/2 quart at a time and remeasure. The oil sensor can be finicky and many times when it says +1qt if you add a full qt it will then tell you its overfilled...
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I agree with the dealer. Being down one quart on a sump of this size is not going to be a big deal. Would I make a habit of it? No.
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Just refrain from driving it like an M car and you will be fine. I guess you have learned your lesson and will have a quart at all times like most. Safe travels.
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OP, I suggest getting this for your trunk:

http://www.amazon.com/Genuine-BMW-Sp.../dp/B007T9JZWE


Perfect for holding a bottle of oil, and it includes wipes/gloves.
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