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So, I've had the car around 4 weeks now and when i bought it the oil level on the dipstick and the idrive were fine (dipstick was at max) but last week the idrive started to show the level as high whereas on the dipstick it had not moved. Anyway i decided to leave it as after speaking to my usual (ex BMW) indy he said they're known to have the sensors to start playing up.

 

But as ever me being me i decided to ring the warranty company up as i have 3 months of platinum cover with the RAC and they said they'd cover the replacement of the sensor so I contacted a different BM specialist (as my normal guy is not VAT registered) and explained the issue...Now, here's the twist, he said that apparently, BMW had made the dipsticks too long and that it affected a number of other model (GT) ranges as well and all that is needed is a bit of oil drained...He advised that if the sensor was playing up then there would be an error logged, which makes sense but ISTA does not show any errors.

 

Anyway, i decided to suck out some oil via the dipstick tube and got the level down to the minimum on the dipstick and guess what the Idrive turned back to green (after driving a couple of miles) with the level showing at the max on the screen.

 

I've decided to push on with the sensor replacement under warranty but logic tells me to believe what the dipstick is showing...I've googled around and cannot find a single story about dipstick defects affecting BMW's.

 

Would be interested to hear from people who may have had a similar issue?

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So how could the sensor say high without any addition oil, when possibly it may have fallen slightly due to use.

The logic of dipstick being too long is farcical, if the level has not moved on the dipstick it does not matter how long it is! The physical level is the same.

You believe what you see in front of you bud. 

The only dipstick is the idiot who made that statement.

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Completely agree as I siphoned out just under a quart and now the sensor says all ok and the level on the dipstick is a smidgen under the max mark so I'm happy.

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I know this is rather late but I have exactly the same syptoms as the OP. Screen shows overfilled, so drained about 1 litre and the screen is now happy but the dipstick is at the low mark. So which is right?

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Ignore the Idrive, drained mine to lowest level on dipstick but the topped it back up bit by bit and now it sits 0.5mm under the max mark on the dipstick and the idrive says the level is fine.

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Thank you. I must admit I felt more inclined to trust an old fashioned dipstick, so I added half a litre back, and then found the idrive now saying the level is ok, which mirrors your findings.

 

It would be interesting to know how the sensor works, as it seems that something in the drain and refill process upsets it

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But if it ever does rise again (according to the dipstick) of its own accord, it could be a sign of failed DPF regens whereby diesel is being dumped in to the sump which inevitably could lead to a runaway engine.

 

Something to wary about so check your level often :-) 

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