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      03-04-2013, 10:14 AM   #1
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normal oil color?

hey guys-

a proud owner of a 2011 335d -- first diesel and first BMW - and i love it.

i have maybe a simple question which i cant really find the answer to here. i checked the engine oil and the level is fine - but the oil is black - like black ink... not having a diesel before - is this at all normal or a cause for concern? on my older petrol cars i would be alarmed...

any feedback would be great! thx...
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      03-04-2013, 10:22 AM   #2
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Yes, that's normal thanks to EGR. Welcome!

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      03-04-2013, 10:50 AM   #3
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      03-04-2013, 12:49 PM   #4
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Not only is it normal, even right after an oil change, just running the engine a few minutes and it's pretty black.
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      03-04-2013, 09:11 PM   #5
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It's called soot loading and normal.
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