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#1 of 34 530i oil consumption
Aug 08, 2007 (8:53 pm)
bought a 2002 530i, standard with 20k in 2005. Check engine oil light comes on every 600-700 miles, at which time I have to add a quart of oil(5w-30 synthetic). The dealer I bought the car from said this amount of oil consumption was unusual, but could find nothing wrong with the car after extensive testing. Another dealer says according to BMW, this was within the threshold for this car. Anyone having as severe a problem as this? Any suggestions?
#2 of 34 Re: 530i oil consumption [irod]
Aug 08, 2007 (9:01 pm)
This is NOT normal. It's time for your dealer to pony up and put a new short block in there, maybe even a whole new mill.
#3 of 34 Re: 530i oil consumption [irod]
Aug 09, 2007 (2:42 pm)
I agree with Shipo; my 1995 3 Series uses 1 quart every 2200 miles, and it has over 111K on the clock. My wife's X3 has 51K on the clock and uses no oil.
#4 of 34 Re: 530i oil consumption [irod]
Nov 11, 2007 (5:59 pm)
Just to give you a benchmark - my '03 530i with 50K on it just needed a quart after 15 months.
#5 of 34 Re: 530i oil consumption [irod]
Nov 11, 2007 (8:14 pm)
2003 E39 540i.... 136K so far, never uses a drop of additional oil, even in the earlier years when I screwed up and only changed the oil when the machine said to (15K oil changes). Only fluid I usually add is coolant sometimes.
#6 of 34 E60 535xi Oil Consumption
Dec 23, 2007 (6:29 pm)
I got a low oil indicator on my ' 08 535xi with 6400 miles, so I added a quart of Castrol Syntec. This is my fourth BMW and I don't remember ever needing to add oil between changes.
Anyone else having the same issue?
#7 of 34 Re: E60 535xi Oil Consumption [infinitimn]
Dec 23, 2007 (8:00 pm)
A quart in 6,400 miles is certainly not at all bad. My first BMW didn't use any oil between oil changes, my second used about as much as yours. All in all, the consumption of a quart every 5,000 miles or more is considered VERY good.
#8 of 34 ELECTRONICS & OIL CHECK
Dec 24, 2007 (7:41 am)
I elected to get my oil changed at 2,600 miles on my '08 550i. A couple of days afterwards I was playing around with the iDrive and checked my oil level... the message read "Oil Level Is Too High" This really concerned me as I was thinking they either put in too much oil, or they didn't drain all the initial oil. This being a new $70K+ vehicle, I was damn mad.
After showing how polite I can be at the dealership (LOL), I learned the car needs the indicator replaced. I can appreciate all the "bells & whistles", but at the end of the day they are just something else to go wrong. Less than 1 month old... NOTHING SHOULD BE GOING OUT! I hope this is not the start of a long love/hate relationship. Anyone else have early problems like this?
#9 of 34 Re: ELECTRONICS & OIL CHECK [tx_buzzard]
Dec 26, 2007 (8:03 pm)
Anyone else have early problems like this?
The SRS light illuminated on my 1995 3 Series two days after I took delivery back in November 1995. The dealer reset the SRS system and the problem never returned. The car has been essentially problem free since. In fact, today I took it on a 200 mile trip and at 112K miles it feels as tight and responsive as new. That said, BMW's decision to eliminate the dipstick from their new models has caused me to reconsider my future new car purchases...
#10 of 34 oil problem is out of hand
May 08, 2008 (9:33 am)
I had the same problem, im 2/3 done with my lease on a 2006 bmw 550i and the oil problem is getting out of hand. Initially I thought i would be spending a shit load of money on gas (v8 4.8) is just hungry for it. but it also turns out that I have to "TOP OFF" my engine oil as the dealer describes it every 1700 to 1800 miles because the "low engine oil level" is on. I decided not to even bother with a dealership anymore (after 3-4 times) so I started topping off the oil myself. The indicator resets itself so its not too bad.
My buddy has a 325xi , 2006 i think, he has the same exact problem. Looks like 06 bmws burn significantly more oil then they have to. Hopefully this will be fixed.