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    Low on oil... Cause for Concern?

    For the first time on my 2000 M5 (I have had it since 02) a low oil level warning came up on the check control. Within 20 miles, I had checked the level, which was right under the minimum, and had topped it off with a liter of 10w-60 from the dealer, bringing it to full.

    Do these cars burn oil? Is this a cosmic warning sign? I have always changed the oil when service is requested by the computer, etc.

    Thanks for any advice.

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    some oil use is normal, and will depend on driving

    style (aggressiveness).

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    One quart every 1100 miles so far. 14200 on odo.


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    Re: One quart every 1100 miles so far. 14200 on odo.

    Thanks for the messages, I'm watching closely.

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    One quart every 3-4K.

    This has been pretty consistent since I purchased my '03.2003 E39 M5 Carbon Blk/Imola Red (on order)
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    one quart every 2k miles, commuting, 17mpg


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    Re: one quart every 4k miles, commuting, 22mpg

    I'm using about 1 quart of oil every 4000 miles or so, mostly commuting on the freeway, getting around 22 mpg in my 2003 530i.

    I plan to have the 60K inspection done soon, and will ask them to look for oil leaks.

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    Re: some oil use is normal, and will depend on driving

    My experience is: hard driving = approx 1/2 quart in 1,000 miles, easier driving = 0 consumption. My '00 was made 7/00 and the oil recommended is 5w30 synthetic. I believe there were some changes that allowed the lighter oil grade. Possibly the rings. Maybe be the cause for excessive oil. I know of another 2000 yr car that uses 1qt every 800 miles but the car is driven very hard all the time.


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    '00 models are notorious for oil consumption (m)

    Early '00 models had a bad oil consumption problem which BMW tried to fix by changing the rings later in the production year. It's possible your M5 could be one of those. But as Mike suggested, it also depends on driving style etc.,

    I know someone who bought one of the first M5's back in late 1999, and he had a major problem with oil consumption. His dealer installed the newer rings which fixed the problem. He currently has over 70K miles on this car, and she is still running great.

    Good luck

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    Not true at all. Please research this issue.


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    STFU, it's a know fact about '00 models...


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    my 6/00 production car uses no oil over a 5k mile

    The only oil use i seem to get is when I go to the track, and then it's maybe 1/3 - 1/2 Liter. Typically, i change my oil every 4-5k, usually just before a track event, and i've not needed to add any.
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    You are completely wrong.


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    Re: You are completely wrong.

    My 10/99 build burns about 1 quart every 1500 stop and go miles. My friends 03/02 buils burns about 1 quart every 1500 highway miles. The rings fix was supposed to fix the oil burning issue but like all high performance engines, its gonna burn oil no matter what you do.

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    Re: '00 models are notorious for oil consumption (m)

    I recently bought an '00 M5 (produced 10/99) and went to the dealer to buy a couple of quarts of the liquid gold (10w60), to "be prepared". What I've found after driving the car for over 3,000 miles is that the oil usage is not a problem. I have noticed a very slight drop on the dip stick, but it is hardly noticable. So I would conclude that not all early M5's use oil.

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    Re: Low on oil... Cause for Concern?

    My 08/2000 is consuming 1 litre per 3000km. It has 66,000km on the clock. I have also tried to track the time it takes about 1 litre to burn as I mostly do city/expressway driving averaging 41km/hr. It is about 70 hrs per litre. I am using 10w/60w Castrol.

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    No Problem

    I suck down a litre every 800 miles when I am driving it really hard (alpine to the limit driving) and around every 2000 miles when driving it easy.

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    Re: Low on oil... Cause for Concern? - Update

    I took in the the car (MY 2000 M5/67,000km) for service about four weeks ago. A lot of regular "major service" work was done incl. replacement of front and rear disc pads and rotors, new cam sensor, new power-steering pipes etc. The car is running well. But I have noticed that the oil consumption has dropped significanly. The car used to consume 1 litre of oil per 3,000km but the oil level has hardly dropped over the last 2,000km. Can it be that fresh oil in the engine means lower consumption? What else can it be?


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