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      01-14-2011, 04:46 AM   #1
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Question Is This Oil Usage Normal for a N52 with 10K Miles?

My 09' 328ix has only 10k miles on it. Yesterday, for the 1st time, the oil symbol/chime popped up on the dash when shutting off the car.

When checking the level, it was at 'Min' and stated to add +1 qt.

Is this normal oil usage for these cars?

Should I be concerned and take into stealership?

There are no oil leaks that I can see under the car (although with all the underbody panels an oil leak would go unnoticed), and no visible signs of oil leakage when viewed from top.

I've owned a ton of cars thru my years, and have never had to add oil at such a low mileage value on any of them.

I do check my oil from time to time, and when last checked, the level showed approximately 80-90% of the way to 'Max' on the gauge.
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      01-14-2011, 04:57 AM   #2
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Thanx! I guess it's comforting to know I'm in the 'low usage' range

What's the reason behind the 1 qt every 2K miles? Where's it going?

Hell, in my T/A, the oil level never changes, and when I drive that car - it is driven hard

I run Castrol Syntec European (German) formula 0W-30 in that car & change oil/filter every 10k miles with no oil loss. Of course it is a Lingenfelter built/blueprinted LS427 so I'm sure the hand blueprinted tolerances are better then a factory assembled engine...
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I would be fking pissed off if I had to add a quart every 2000 miles.
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Thanx! I guess it's comforting to know I'm in the 'low usage' range

What's the reason behind the 1 qt every 2K miles? Where's it going?

Hell, in my T/A, the oil level never changes, and when I drive that car - it is driven hard

I run Castrol Syntec European (German) formula 0W-30 in that car & change oil/filter every 10k miles with no oil loss. Of course it is a Lingenfelter built/blueprinted LS427 so I'm sure the hand blueprinted tolerances are better then a factory assembled engine...
The reason is beating on it. The more u push it the more oil its gon consume. If I don't push my car I dont see any oil consumption.
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i was thinking the same thing.. but i guess it burns oil? i had to add a qt 2 weeks ago.
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Many engines use a qt./2000 miles, which is considered normal.

That's about the consumption rate of my old Integra GSR... with 250,000 miles on it. I used to always keep a quart or 2 in the trunk.

I know bmw considers it "normal", but I wonder how typical that really is. My car burns about a quart every 7000 miles or so, but that's when I usually change the oil anyway.
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I'm pretty much WOT everytime I drive, haven't had to add oil yet and cars at 11k
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I'm at 40K miles and I just did an oil change about 3 weeks ago. It amazes me how expensive it is even for a DIY. At least its fairly simple and easy to do. Only bitch is I can't get the stupid service light to go out. Guess I gotta go to the stealership to get it turned off.
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Nope, service light can be done in your driveway no stealership needed just do a quick search its been couple months since i did it so I dont remember the exact steps.
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OP: Have you done an oil change yet?

If not, then what you're seeing is normal, after a certain mileage, oil is going to deteriorate and burn at a faster rate. You might want to consider doing a change mid-way between the free maintenance changes, at about 7,500 miles (or now at 10,000.)
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Actually, no I didn't - and that's my bad. I total plan on doing my own oil changes inbetween the factory changes. Even bought everything I needed right down to the oil filter wrench and magnetic drain plug.

At end of the year I got busy with crap & vacation, then the weather turned, I thought it would go back before it got worse - but of course it didn't

At this point I won't be able to do a change till spring - when I'll be due for my 1st factory free change - so I guess I missed the 1st 7500mi change...
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OP: Have you done an oil change yet?

If not, then what you're seeing is normal, after a certain mileage, oil is going to deteriorate and burn at a faster rate. You might want to consider doing a change mid-way between the free maintenance changes, at about 7,500 miles (or now at 10,000.)
+1 , that and driving hard
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1 quart 3000-3500miles here. Just added one this morning.
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Man you guys are burning a shit load more oil than I am. I barely burn a quart every 5 thousand.
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I have close to 49K in my 2008 328i. I've only had to add 1/2 qt. of oil once during the life of my car. I like to speed when I can. I change my oil about every 7.5K miles. I live in Texas. Not sure if the climate makes a difference or not.
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I drive my car pretty hard so I add a quart ever 4-5k miles after an oil change with oil changes every ~7.5k miles
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i had to add a quart as well during my first 10k, but not since then. i now have about 35k on my n52.
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My 09' 328ix has only 10k miles on it. Yesterday, for the 1st time, the oil symbol/chime popped up on the dash when shutting off the car.

When checking the level, it was at 'Min' and stated to add +1 qt.

Is this normal oil usage for these cars?

Should I be concerned and take into stealership?

There are no oil leaks that I can see under the car (although with all the underbody panels an oil leak would go unnoticed), and no visible signs of oil leakage when viewed from top.

I've owned a ton of cars thru my years, and have never had to add oil at such a low mileage value on any of them.

I do check my oil from time to time, and when last checked, the level showed approximately 80-90% of the way to 'Max' on the gauge.
Wouldn't worry about it at all.

Apparently if your car consumes 1qt per every 1000km or 1200km BMW says its ok. lol.
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I'm at 16K miles and it hasn't used a drop.
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1qt/10000 is above normal. a lot of people are still changing at 3k miles so they never notice it, only when they start buying euro cars do they learn that all engines burn oil.
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Actually it has probably used quite a few "drops" but it isn't low enough to indicate that you need to add a qt.

All engines consume oil. Some faster than others.
True. But still showing completely full on the "dipstick".
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