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Well this all makes for very reassuring reading, top up bought to sit in boot until I’m instructed to add a litre by the dulcet tones of the idrive bong (far superior to mrs barton’s Skoda which is a sharp beep for any minor issue).

 

 

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If the idrive tells you to put in say 500 ml, don't. Put in 250 ml and check, if it still asks for 500 ml put in another 250 ml. Always add small increments at a time and check each time. 

 

Havent managed to drve mine long enough this weekend to get the engine hot enough to check the oil level.

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According to the electronic dipstick in the car my oil level is o.k. after 5-6000 miles and 13 months that it's been in there for.

 

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The dipstick located between the leather and the steering wheel isn't quite convinced. But there is no other way of checking.

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On ‎20‎/‎11‎/‎2017 at 6:56 PM, 535i Andrew said:

According to the electronic dipstick in the car my oil level is o.k. after 5-6000 miles and 13 months that it's been in there for.

 

The dipstick located between the leather and the steering wheel isn't quite convinced. But there is no other way of checking.

 

LOL - I'm really happy I have a conventional dipstick. More so now because like many early E60s the iDrive has failed, so if that was the only way to check it I'd be screwed !

 

My ancient M54 is very good on oil even at 140k miles. Uses a little between yearly changes but not enough to need topping up. I don't drive it hard so that obviously helps. But in any case some oil use is absolutely normal.

 

 

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Hi. Just to add to the thread I was on my way this morning taking the three little 'uns to see the golf at Wentworth in the F11 528i N53 when 'bong' - oil level at minimum, add a litre please. Couldn't believe it when the manual didn't even say what grade of oil to use - something about your dealer would know this depending of the condition of the engine or wotnot. Talk about unhelpful! After a quick google 0-30W came up but the nearest safe thing in the next garage was 0-40W Mobil 1 at £25 for a litre! Ignoring the price I was just relieved not to be stranded with the kids by myself on the M4, my wife deciding to go shopping etc instead.

 

So it's used 1 litre in the 4k miles we've had it so in line with other comments eg @bmwmike (many thanks for the guidance/reassurance). Pretty rubbish compared to the zero usage in our 330i N52 though. I'll also be keeping 1 litre in the back filtered from my multitude of part used 4-5 litre cans. I also bemoan the lack of an actual dipstick....

 

Quite an extravagent place Wentworth - we saw a Rolls Royce and Koenigsegg dealers in nearby Sunningdale, one which contained a fab F40. The golf is sponsored by BMW so we got a lift in an i3 at one point, and well as all squeezing in to an i8 (nice doors). I recall seeing the prize for a hole in one at the 14th as an E61 M5 Touring. If only they did them in manual....... 

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7 hours ago, AnotherMissedApex said:

After a quick google 0-30W came up but the nearest safe thing in the next garage was 0-40W Mobil 1 at £25 for a litre!

 

:o :o :o !

 

I think I would have waited. Oil at minimum isn’t a disaster for a few miles after all.

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You’re right @Boba. I just didn’t know if I had an oil leak or just general usage when I saw the warning. I just drove the next 10 miles to the golf via a garage to buy the oil, then popped the oil in after the golf had finished as the engine would have cooled down.

 

Must remember to check for leaks under the car this morning! Cheers :unsure:

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Many thanks @535i Andrew. I called my bmw specialist. They thought that it was ok that I’d just topped it up with a litre of the 0-40w. It wouldn’t do any harm and no need to do any early oil change. We’ll change the oil in 5k miles anyway ie every 10k miles. He said  even though the LL04 is low ash and low sulphur it’s not an issue. It definitely had me worried until I called him!! :huh:. Cheers 

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As its only a top up it should be fine.

 

LL04 is car manufacturers spec which when you translate into meaningful industry standard stuff, it should meet the grade of C3 on ACEA specs and grade SN on API specs.

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