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Sabreman 02-13-2013 08:40 PM

2004 330xi oil capacity??
 
I remain confused. My owners manual says 6.6 qts on oil/filter change for xi. The service manual says 8.0 for all wheel drive (6.9 otherwise). Per prior threads some possibility pre-facelifts used 8 and later years (mine is 04) take only 6.6. Dipstick seems full with 6.6. Dealer charges for 8 but dipstick shows overfill. Is there some definitive answer out there????

bmwporschefan 02-13-2013 09:06 PM

I know mine uses 8. I had no idea that later years used less.

e46alfonso 02-13-2013 09:10 PM

8 is too much. I'm at the top of the dipstic with 7 quarts.

bmwporschefan 02-13-2013 10:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by e46alfonso (Post 15160501)
8 is too much. I'm at the top of the dipstic with 7 quarts.

Owners manual says 8, repair manual says 8, if I only add 7 quarts my dipstick shows I am a quart low. So the verdict is my car holds 8 quarts.

e46alfonso 02-13-2013 11:06 PM

You are right, earlier xi's have a different oil pan and hold more oil.

limpiabota809 02-13-2013 11:15 PM

My 03 was at max with 7

SamDoe1 02-14-2013 09:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by limpiabota809 (Post 15160886)
My 03 was at max with 7

My 2004 is at max with 7ish.

chilone 02-14-2013 10:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SamDoe1 (Post 15161669)
My 2004 is at max with 7ish.

What he said...

GCoop 02-14-2013 03:02 PM

Oil capacities in the XI are a much debated topic. For some reason it seems that some XIs hold almost 8qts while others (Myself included in this bunch) only take ~7 to reach the full mark.

The reasons for this run the gambit-- From 2 different oil pan shapes (see below) used on the XIs to the updated dipsticks that register full @ ~7qts. :dunno: There has been no definitive answer as to why from what I have been able to research. I have also seen printouts from owners manuals with different figures. Generaly speaking it "seems" that the higher capacity figures are mostly from earlier production XIs but not always. Clear as mud yet? :confused:


Same as what I have (7 Qt pan):
http://c1552172.r72.cf0.rackcdn.com/262938_x600.jpg

Here is the other:
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f3...-/42e9030c.jpg

My325XI 02-14-2013 06:57 PM

I use 7 qt's

caleb6 02-14-2013 07:09 PM

According to Bentley, its 7.9 qts. (7.5 liters) Page 119-1.

White_Knuckles 02-14-2013 07:57 PM

GCoop has the win. They vary.

It's easy, put in 7 qts. and pull the stick. Add as needed.

Mine holds 7.5 qts. every change even with extended drain times.

bmwporschefan 02-14-2013 07:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GCoop (Post 15163116)

This is the pan I have.

jonnie325xi 02-15-2013 07:53 AM

I have a 04 325 XI and 6.6 puts it right at the proper level of the dipstick.

Sabreman 02-17-2013 01:56 PM

Thanks for all the replies. For my car 2004xi, I'm going to stay with 6.6 per owners manual and my dipstick and not worry that the xi spec per service manual seems to list 8 qts but makes no distinctions among years.

bmwporschefan 02-17-2013 02:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sabreman (Post 15171076)
Thanks for all the replies. For my car 2004xi, I'm going to stay with 6.6 per owners manual and my dipstick and not worry that the xi spec per service manual seems to list 8 qts but makes no distinctions among years.

That's what I would do man. Go by your dipstick. I wasn't even aware they changed the oil pan design sometime after mine was built.

SilvaBimma 02-19-2013 10:13 PM

7 Qts, 2001. Always had the illusion it took more but measured when I did an oil change. These engines do drink some oil after awhile.

latitude39 02-20-2013 04:55 PM

325xi 2002 (11/2001 build)
7 quarts gets me to the high limit on dipstick
During 7,500 mile service I add .6 - .7 quart
140k

shadow 2 06-26-2013 08:06 PM

What is this statement about change of dipstick? When did this happen? How do I know the dipstick I have is the correct match for the oil pan?

jmo69 06-27-2013 09:25 PM

My 03 325xi takes 7qts.


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