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      12-20-2015, 07:30 AM   #1
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Oil Top-off

when your vehicle requires a top-off, do you get a message via i-drive calling to add one (1) or two (2), quarts of oil? My 550i has always asked for 2 quarts, but I'm being told that this is not normal; that the vehicle should only be asking for one quart.
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      12-20-2015, 08:42 AM   #2
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Mine ask for 1 quart.

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      12-20-2015, 08:48 AM   #3
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Forgot to add, do not install 2 quarts. Just the one, then check the level after a 30 minute drive (i bet it will be back to full).
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      12-21-2015, 05:54 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by rynomi6
when your vehicle requires a top-off, do you get a message via i-drive calling to add one (1) or two (2), quarts of oil? My 550i has always asked for 2 quarts, but I'm being told that this is not normal; that the vehicle should only be asking for one quart.
There is a 1 quart overage in nearly all standard BMW Vehicles.

When Idrive complains, you've lost your one quart buffer.
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Anyone know how "accurate" the picture is on iDrive? Every time I check it the green lines up perfectly with the mark on the picture of the dipstick. It's never up or down by a bit.
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Anyone know how "accurate" the picture is on iDrive? Every time I check it the green lines up perfectly with the mark on the picture of the dipstick. It's never up or down by a bit.
Illuminated level drops in increments, (four I believe between max and min). Over here in the UK we are set for a litre top up, (min to max). My 535i dropped from maximum to the next defined level. About 250ml topped it back up to maximum. So pretty accurate in my example.

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Mine asked for 2 quarts last week as well. Took it in to the dealer, the tech added 2 quarts and it has been fine since. Level went from the min to the max. When I mentioned that it was requesting 2 quarts, he checked that it was a 550 before adding them so I am guessing it must be normal 550s.
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