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Old 06-28-2017, 05:28 PM   #1
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Low oil after 3000 miles

Title says it all.

Back in April I bought a 2005, 325xi with 149,000 miles. I immediately did a complete oil change and after only 3000 miles (less then 2 months) my oil level is low. I checked the dip stick to confirm it wasn't a faulty indicator. What can I do to fix this? Would a thicker Oil help?

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Old 06-28-2017, 05:33 PM   #2
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Nope.

Assuming the engine isn't leaking a ton of oil, Engine needs to be rebuilt. Extremely common with BMW 6 cylinders.
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Nope.

Assuming the engine isn't leaking a ton of oil, Engine needs to be rebuilt. Extremely common with BMW 6 cylinders.
Oh god, what did I get myself into.. So I guess for the meantime I should continue to add more?
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Yep just add oil as needed. Cheaper than rebuilding the engine.

Likely the rings are just tired and oil burns up.

People like to say CCV CCV THIS THAT. 1% of the time it's the problem people are reporting: significant oil consumption.

It's reality these engines are old as poo.

And german cars in general burn oil. Brand new off the lot my 2006 E46 burned quite a bit. Drove it home with 5 miles on the odometer and I had to add oil regularly.
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Yep just add oil as needed. Cheaper than rebuilding the engine.

Likely the rings are just tired and oil burns up.

People like to say CCV CCV THIS THAT. 1% of the time it's the problem people are reporting: significant oil consumption.

It's reality these engines are old as poo.

And german cars in general burn oil. Brand new off the lot my 2006 E46 burned quite a bit. Drove it home with 5 miles on the odometer and I had to add oil regularly.
I appreciate the advice. I was just shocked that after less then 2 months I'd be out of oil. Should I continue with the Castrol Edge 5W30 or change it up?

Thanks again for helping me.
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I appreciate the advice. I was just shocked that after less then 2 months I'd be out of oil. Should I continue with the Castrol Edge 5W30 or change it up?

Thanks again for helping me.
I havent checked in the while but it may be the wrong oil. Castrol's Euro Oils are 0W-30, 5W-40, and 10W-40. Make sure it's Professional Euro that means ACEA spec. The #s mean next to nothing. Just make sure it's ACEA A3 B3 or whstever. Read up on it.

I would just use Mobil 1 0W-40 from walmart. The best in the business.
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Old 06-28-2017, 06:15 PM   #7
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How much did you have to add?

I check mine weekly and add half a quart now and then to top off. Price of admission for older cars, IMO.
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How much did you have to add?

I check mine weekly and add half a quart now and then to top off. Price of admission for older cars, IMO.
It looks like I'll need to add 6 or 7 quart's.
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The car holds 7 quarts when drained empty for an oil change. Just because the oil does not register on the dipstick does not indicate you need to add 6-7 quarts...


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The difference between Full and Low on the dipstick, is about 1 quart.

Make sure you aren't leaking any oil from the Oil Filter Housing Gasket (OFHG - $5 part), or your Oil Pan Gasket.
If your CCV is working fine, and no mayo in the valve cover area / oil cap, no need to replace that.

Using even 1 quart of oil every 1000 miles is still completely within BMW spec, unfortunately.
You are doing much better than that.

I bet you are slow leaking at least half of your oil from the OFHG.
It sticks to the engine block as you're driving, combined with dirt, so you may never notice a leak on the ground from it.
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Old 06-28-2017, 07:11 PM   #11
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Dont be so dramatic. Its normal with these cars. 3000 miles and being low is actually pretty damn good. I gotta add a quart every 1500 miles. Add a quart and youll be fine. Youre not COMPLETELY out of oil. Use ONLY Castrol 0w-40 or Mobil 1 0w-40 european formula oils.
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When Mango is saying the engine needs to be rebuilt, that's only way to solve this problem. It's fine as long as it doesn't get worst, and you add oil.
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When I first got my car I would have to add half a quart about every 1500 miles. A coupe months ago I did the oil filter housing gasket, valve cover gasket and swapped the ccv for a m56 valve cover. I don't think the valve cover gasket was leaking but the oil filter housing gasket definitely was, there was pools of oil underneath it. I did an oil change when I replaced all the gaskets and I've driven almost 3000 miles since. I checked it yesterday and I haven't lost a drop.

You don't have to rebuild your engine, probably just replace a few gaskets.
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Engine needs to be rebuilt


a quart every 3k? That's fine. That's almost normal. That's certainly
better than many of us do.

Do read the (numerous, often locked) oil threads.

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Check your oil regularly and you'll know how much you're using. Oil weight and brand is you're choice, BMW LL01 is a spec that's acceptable. I've had good luck Mobil One and Castrol 0W-40 euro oils. My car apparently is a freak, no usage between 7500 changes.
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Wow I'm a complete idiot. Sorry for wasting everyones time. Apparently I don't know how to read a dipstick correctly..
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Check your oil regularly and you'll know how much you're using. Oil weight and brand is you're choice, BMW LL01 is a spec that's acceptable. I've had good luck Mobil One and Castrol 0W-40 euro oils. My car apparently is a freak, no usage between 7500 changes.


Same here. Since resolving all leaks I haven't had any usage between 7,500 mile oil changes with M1. *knock on wood*
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Wow I'm a complete idiot. Sorry for wasting everyones time. Apparently I don't know how to read a dipstick correctly..
Assuming you're not being sarcastic, at least you came here first before dumping 6-7 quarts into the engine..... No worries.
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Assuming you're not being sarcastic, at least you came here first before dumping 6-7 quarts into the engine..... No worries.
As sad as it sounds, I'm not. Definitely a low point in my life lol.

Added 1 quart tonight so I should be good. I'm definitely questioning if I added too much right when I got the car.. (Before I took it for an oil change)

Oh well, you live and you learn I guess.
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Wow I'm a complete idiot. Sorry for wasting everyones time. Apparently I don't know how to read a dipstick correctly..
You made it sound like you only checked the dipstick to double check the sensor. Sorry, I'm old school and check my oil at least once a week in my cars and daily on my work truck. My cars don't use any and my C-12 Cat with 262K has to go nearly 300 hours before it needs a gallon. IDK how low the level has to be before the sensor sets off the light.

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(Before I took it for an oil change)
Who did the oil change and did they put 7 qts in?
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