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      06-21-2009, 08:15 PM   #1
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my 09 335 needs more oil @ 3750 miles!

So the HPFP goes out at 3450 miles and now the Low Oil Icon shows up at 3750 miles. The computer indicates that I have to add 1 quart of oil. Is this normal or should I be worried?
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      06-21-2009, 08:21 PM   #2
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i had the same thing. i added a quart before that even, no HPFP issues though. after i added the oil its been ok for the next 15k miles
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      06-21-2009, 08:31 PM   #3
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Get ready to start adding oil every few thousand miles or so. I keep a few quarts in my boot.
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      06-21-2009, 08:35 PM   #4
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Why are people so surprised they need to top off their oil every 4k miles or so?
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So I guess it is normal. It seems a little soon and excessive....
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Depends on the car. I am on my 5th BMW 3 series. My last two drunk oil, Nad I bought both new. This one (335i also bought new) is at 19K and never had a warning show. Infact the level ist still at a notch above max. It just does not seem to burn any oil at all, unlike my last two bimmers. Some 335s seems to require a quart every 5K miles. Others nothing for the whole 15K service life. Its a car by car thing.
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      06-21-2009, 10:25 PM   #7
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Why are people so surprised they need to top off their oil every 4k miles or so?
Because many people have had cars that don't need *any* oil top-off.
Including ones with ~200k miles on the clock.

So a new car burning oil is pretty sad...

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Depends on the car. I am on my 5th BMW 3 series. My last two drunk oil, Nad I bought both new. This one (335i also bought new) is at 19K and never had a warning show. Infact the level ist still at a notch above max. It just does not seem to burn any oil at all, unlike my last two bimmers. Some 335s seems to require a quart every 5K miles. Others nothing for the whole 15K service life. Its a car by car thing.
As you mentioned that "it's a car by car thing", do you think that a 335 that is burning oil has less power than one that doesn't?
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i bought my car preowned and before taking delivery they obviously do servicing on it and i remember sitting in the dealer lot before i drove out my oil gauge was at max within 2 weeks i was back to get oil because my light was on. after i put oil in I haven't had to put more oil in and my gauge is still reading high. to note its been at least another 1500 miles since and im good as opposed to maybe 200 in the first 2 weeks i had the car.
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Probably not at all. My last bimmer that drunk oil, a E46 330 felt showroom strong at 128K miles. Only isssues I had witrh it were 3 failed transmissions. Steptronics sourced from GM Otherwise car was rock solid. I drove new 330s and was always surprised how strong mine was. Sold it when my 3rd tranny started going bad. This is one I paid $6K out of pocket for mind you. There are worse things. I would just carry a couple BMW oil can in the trunk and add as needed. I carry 3 in my trunk, but have not needed to use even one so far. My Toyota RAV4 V6 with about same miles, I don't carry any extra oil, its never needed one. Only in the shop for regular maintainence. Never had a single issue with it. My BMW 13 trips to dealer for asorted ailments. Just goes to show...
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      06-21-2009, 11:03 PM   #11
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i bought my car preowned and before taking delivery they obviously do servicing on it and i remember sitting in the dealer lot before i drove out my oil gauge was at max within 2 weeks i was back to get oil because my light was on. after i put oil in I haven't had to put more oil in and my gauge is still reading high. to note its been at least another 1500 miles since and im good as opposed to maybe 200 in the first 2 weeks i had the car.
My E36 and E46 needed a can every 3K miles or so. Bought both new, and they had same issue. My E92 335 is much like my 87 325e, it seems it uses no oil at all. I have a buddy with a 335 that needs a can every 2500 miles. I don't know why, it just seems to be a random factor. I have always had a Toyota in the stable too, and it is true, BMW always drunk oil on average compared to the Toyotas. It just seems to be a BMW thing. Pretty common and nothing to worry about.
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Thank You all for the vote of confidence......After the fuel pump going out after 3400 miles, I am a little nervous of the things to come.....
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The oil is still in your engine. It wasn't "burned off". It's all over your intercooler, charge pipe, throttle body, etc. LOL

That's why you need an oil catch can.
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Its a performance car; expect a few issues but enjoy your car! Not too many cars are perfect anyway. My 2007 has been flawless, but adding a little oil every now and then is nothing to worry about.
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About 1qt/4900 miles here under some pretty hard driving conditions.
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When the engine starts " eating " oil, means there's a big issue in your engine, could be for several reason, have it checked as soon as possible.
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oil comsumption??

I think one of the key determining factors for high oil usage in a new car is how the car is initially driven. i havent seen anything in my owners manual about break-in, but i didnt push either of my BMWs hard until i had accumulated at least 1500mi on them. I know its kinda hard to do that but, till the rings seat into the cylinder walls, all bets are off.

my buddy got an 328 when i got mine -- he was always adding oil,he beat his car to death everyday too ..
i never added oil -- except at scheduled service time.

same with my 335i -- except i changed oil @ 1100 miles .. just to keep her fresh.

for the record, i checked with my guy at the dealer, and he told me to look in the owner manual, BMW states it is normal to top up the oil between service intervals -- i guess to shut me up on the issue of oil usage. i gonna chk out though.

btw: i use to be a tech for another major manufacturer -- and most car companies eliminated the break-in period -- cuz it cost them a free oil change -- go figure
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      06-22-2009, 11:52 AM   #18
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I followed the "break-in" procedures recommended in the manual, and on top of that I am a very conservative driver. However, most of my driving is city driving of about 20 miles/day. Maybe the stop and go driving burns more oil.....who knows....I called the dealership and they also said it is normal to "top off".
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after the first top off it doesnt really happen as often as that again
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With the IDrive, it's somewhat aggravating. I hate adding oil when i don't have a dipstick, and the iDrive's little cute display of my oil sump doesn't do much in the way of reassurance.
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