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Anyone's 328i slightly low on oil? (archive)

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Posted by Lorenz on September 23, 1999 at 18:43:20:


A couple of weeks ago, I wrote that the oil light in my 328i sometimes comes on after I turn off the engine. It did not happen while I was driving the car, but rather after I pulled into my garage and turned the engine off.

(Ironically, I wrote that post just a day after yet another "when should I change my oil?" thread, in which I posted that I trust BMW's engineers to pick the right oil change interval, and that I don't plan to second-guess them by changing my oil before the car tells me so around 15k miles or so.)

Back to the original point: I took the car to the dealer today, and although they couldn't reproduce the problem, they found that the oil level was slightly low. They topped up the car with 1 quart of oil.

My question is: has anyone else had to do this? My car has 5300 miles on it (got it in April), and I have only taken it to the dealer once for the airbag software/brake clip recalls, i.e. no oil changes or similar so far...

I guess I'm just slightly concerned about the fact that the car seems to be consuming oil -- should I be? Is it normal for new cars to consume a little oil? Or could it simply be that they filled more towards the low oil level at the factory, i.e. just marginally above "low"?

Thanks,

Lorenz



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