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    2006 750li oil level low-help (Geez Tech?)

    2006 750 Li with 5800 miles on it- based on the cars info center (condition based service), oil change is due in 2600 miles.

    Today- I have a low engine oil level warning- took the car to dealer and they added one quart of oil.

    Service advisro was not concerned at all-stated that this is very normal!!

    Should I be concern?

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    Re: 2006 750li oil level low-help (Geez Tech?)

    sorry- meant to say: Today-I "had" a low engine..... ray,
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    not sure, but i would just keep an eye on it.... check for leaks etc under the car after you have parked up etc.

    if in 2 months time the warning appears again, i'd say you have a problem.
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    My 750i called for its first oil change at about 17,000 miles - I think most people experience intervals of better than 15,000 miles. Not being able to stand letting my car go that long, I change the oil about every 6000 miles. I have yet to see any noticeable oil level movement between oil/filter changes. Is your much shorter interval due to a lot of "spirited driving" and/or cold starts? That might explain why your car uses oil. I'm guessing whatever is causing the shortened interval may be the reason for the oil consumption as well.

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    Don't worry about it too much

    Given the car is pretty much still new, there could be many reasons it was down a quart. It may have not been filled completely, so a burn of just a little would set off the sensor. Also, I am not Geez, but I would impagine a certain amount of oil get absorbed into the block, valves, etc. during the breakin period.

    Whatever you do, don't overfill it. I did this a few months back and it required a new oil pan and gasket to fix it.

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    I ahve to add a quart every 5-6k miles. dealer say

    normal. followed break-in procedure. i always keep a quart in the trunk.

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    As most have said, you should be fine

    As mentioned already, a new engine may use a little more oil during the initial break in time before the first oil change, one quart in almost 6000 miles is nothing to worry about. Other things that can contribute to a little more usage is hard driving/accelerating, but that is what these cars are for so dont think you have to baby it.
    Keep a quart or two in the trunk so you can add it when needed, almost any motor will use some, it is just that every motor doesn't have a sensor to tell you when it is low so one may never actually know unless they open the hood.

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    New oil pan and gasket, why?

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    Not sure they diagnosed it correctly first - Long

    Here is the deal Geez. I got the warning that my engine oil was at minimum level. On Christmas Eve day I went to Autozone and they didn't have Castrol Synthetic, so I bought two quarts of Mobil 1. I read the manual and then pulled the dipstick and I found it incredibly hard to gauge. It looked pretty much dry. So I added one quart and tried to get another reading and it was still a challenge. I then added the second quart and hit the road. I went out to my garage Christmas morning and there was a ton of oil under the car seaping out the drivers side. I cleaned it up and went for a spin and I didn't get any warnings. I thought to myself it was some type of overflow from adding too much oil. I do have some experience and never heard of this, but I thought I would monitor it. I waited two weeks and then noticed a puddle again so I brought it in and simply told them I was leaking oil. They determined it was the pan gasket and the service bulletin called for a new pan and gasket. They overnighted the part and I picked up the car on day two. Drove home, parked it in the garage and came out the next morning to the same type of oil pool that was there on Christmas. Looked like at least a quart on the floor. I went straight to the dealer and this time they diagnosed it as a dipstick "O" ring. They said it was unrelated. Hmmmm. Makes me wonder if this was the issue the first time around. Sounds like a more logical cause from an overfill than the entire oil pan.

    All was warranty work and all is good. Three days at the dealer sucks, but I am getting used to it.

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    Odd on the oil pan

    I checked and didn't find a SIB on it, any chance they put that number as a reference on the RO?

    I'm with you, the O-Ring makes much more sense in a over fill situation. It could also leak when filled correctly but you make a hard right turn causing the oil to go over to one side of the oil pan briefly, it then collects on the upper oil pan then drips off.


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    Agreed

    After I over filled the oil I didn't bring it in for a few weeks and never once did I get a low level warning. I would think that if the pan and or gasket was leaking the levels of oil I noticed right after I over filled it, it would have gone low pretty quickly. If I am hearing you correctly, the dipstick "O" ring is in the area of the oil pan, so they probably thought the oil pan was leaking. I don't have the RO.

    Just curious, when BMW NA gets the bills from these dealers and sees something like this, i.e. the problem not getting fixed the first time and one day later the same issue is fixed in a much less expensive manner, do they really buy the "unrelated issue" story?

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    No, they usually ding the dealer for the repair

    They have a warranty department that will look over each repair, if something doesn't look right they call the dealer on it.
    Most dealers will just eat the cheaper of the two repairs just to avoid the hassles since there is a possibility of both claims being denied.



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    Thanks, I would imagine there is an art to

    submitting and describing claims. This one will go down as the oil pan first and then a faulty "o" ring. I bet they never tell BMW NA the severity of the leak (quarts on all occasions). If they did, there is no way they could hide it.

    Funny, my dealer takes the BMW NA survey so seriously they send out their own first. I have been going to this dealer for years and think very highly of them. They try extremely hard to please you and convenience is superb. However, the quality of the actual work does go south from time to time. I emailed the head of service and told him I would give them all 5's as usual because I know how much it means to them, but I let him know that they probable mis diagnosed it the first time. I stated that an oil pan gasket leak and oil pan would not drop quarts of oil and then stop and start again. He pretty much admitted they should have picked up on this. Of course he did mention that the gasket was leaking a little, so that needed to be done as well.

    Perfect service is hard to come by and I have learned that patience goes a long way. Now, if I had to pay for the repairs, I bet I would have been a little more upset.

    I learned a long time ago (5 BMW's) to NEVER drive a BMW that is out of warranty. Thanks Geez.


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