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Old 08-20-2012, 10:31 PM   #1
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ok let's get this straight once and for all..

How many quarts does the XI take??? I thought it was 6.9 but im hearing different answers..up to 8...why would the XI take more oil? If the only difference is the AWD
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Old 08-20-2012, 10:33 PM   #2
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The Oil pan is larger because the axle passes through it and it has shaping to accommodate the front differential, depending on the year and whatnot from casting differences they hold different amounts. Mine holds 8 with a tic of room to spare.

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Old 08-20-2012, 10:34 PM   #3
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7.9 qts.

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Old 08-20-2012, 10:42 PM   #4
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Old 08-20-2012, 10:44 PM   #5
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7.9 qts.

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mine says 6.5 quarts. My car has never taken anywhere near 8 qts.
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mine says 6.5 quarts. My car has never taken anywhere near 8 qts.
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Old 08-20-2012, 10:53 PM   #7
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prefacelift is 7.9, facelift changed to smaller oil pan so its 6.9.
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Old 08-21-2012, 01:05 AM   #8
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Never seen an owner's manual that specifies 6.9 qts for the xi. The 2003 & 2004 sedan owner's manuals are incorrect in that they have typos, but they list the Xi models as 6.6/6.2 l/qts, which is apparently wrong.

All other model years and also the Touring owner's manuals of those years list it as 7.9/7.2 l/qts. The Xi all have the exact same oil pan part 11137519432. So somebody has it screwed up one way or the other.
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so theres stil no clear answer....
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Never seen an owner's manual that specifies 6.9 qts for the xi. The 2003 & 2004 sedan owner's manuals are incorrect in that they have typos, but they list the Xi models as 6.6/6.2 l/qts, which is apparently wrong.

All other model years and also the Touring owner's manuals of those years list it as 7.9/7.2 l/qts. The Xi all have the exact same oil pan part 11137519432. So somebody has it screwed up one way or the other.
no they have different oil pans pre and post facelift
I cant find a pic for the pre but this is post and mine looks completely different
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RTFM - the guys who made the car and wrote the manual can't be wrong. Here's a list of manuals - http://www.bmwsections.com/docs/3series/

2003 oil and filter - 325xi, 330xi: approx. 6.6 quarts
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How about just filling it up until its full? The amount of new oil your going to put won't exactly match the capacity since there will be some old oil that will remain. Throw in 6.5 quarts to start and than just keep topping off until its full.
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RTFM - the guys who made the car and wrote the manual can't be wrong. Here's a list of manuals - http://www.bmwsections.com/docs/3series/

2003 oil and filter - 325xi, 330xi: approx. 6.6 quarts
This doesn't sound right. How would an XI take less than a non XI?
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This doesn't sound right. How would an XI take less than a non XI?
different oil pan?
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no they have different oil pans pre and post facelift
I cant find a pic for the pre but this is post and mine looks completely different
So why do they have the same part number?
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My 2002 330Xi, build date 7/2002, takes 6.6 quarts.
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I think they have different pans...

Here's the X pans - http://www.ecstuning.com/Search/7519432/ES19010/ and here http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-E46-USED...-/221044325196

Here's the standard RWD - http://www.ecstuning.com/Search/11_1...703/ES2523879/ and here http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-e46-e85-...#ht_856wt_1140
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So why do they have the same part number?
maybe they are the same pan so its interchangeable. mine defiantly doesnt look like that.

just found the prefacelift oil pan.
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maybe they are the same pan so its interchangeable. mine defiantly doesnt look like that.
There are definitely 2 types of oil pans, but only one gasket. So they have the same bolt layout when they attach to the engine block, but the lower portion of the oil pans are different between the X and RWD.
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