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      09-01-2011, 03:02 AM   #23
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happened to me today, first time I can remember.
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      09-01-2011, 10:55 AM   #24
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16,600 miles, never asked for oil. did do one at 6000 miles out of my own pocket and then did a free one at 1 yr of ownership (~13000 miles).

The computer says I'm due for an oil change in 1700 miles
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      09-01-2011, 10:57 AM   #25
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I change oil every 7K miles.. but i heard that our cars burn 1 qt oil around 9K miles
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      09-01-2011, 06:51 PM   #26
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Mine wanted a quart at 11,000 miles. Oh and guess what, our BMW Full Maintenance doesn't pay for it. I was told it was before the first oil service at 15,000 miles, what a joke. But I just went to the store, picked up some full synthetic, and did it myself for $4 bux.
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      09-01-2011, 07:03 PM   #27
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Well, I don't know what it is about my car & fluids, but I just took it into the dealer because it was starting to warn about coolant being low. The advisor said that's not abnormal, nor was the fact that I've had to add 2 quarts of oil. I'm now over 11k miles, and the service tech indicated oil level was normal.
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I'm at 55,000 km now (N55), with oil changes every 10,000 km or so.... I have never had the oil readout show anything less than max, so no, I've never had to add oil either.
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I have about 7500 miles - have needed to put oil in twice - each time one qt
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      09-02-2011, 09:49 AM   #30
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Almost every performance car I've owned, I've had to add a quart every now and then. E36 M3, 330i ZHP, E46 M3 and C63 all needed an additional quart from time to time.
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      09-02-2011, 01:04 PM   #31
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1 qt. during the first 7500 miles, nothing after that - 28k on it now. Oil changed every 7500 miles (Alternates: one covered by BMW, the other paid by me).
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      09-04-2011, 06:25 AM   #32
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Quart low at 8700 miles, I now have about 9300.
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      09-04-2011, 03:14 PM   #33
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None in 5.000 miles, but new Bimmers vary in that regard. I had an M-Roadster new in '99 that used a few quarts before it settled down and stopped using altogether after about 10K. So i wouldn't be overly concerned quite yet.

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I have just over 9k miles, and my car has asked for oil twice now.

The first was a few months ago, after I just picked up a friend and was getting ready (thankfully) to go for a drive (I'd had a pretty mellow drive up to that point). The second was the other day as I was leaving work.

I've never seen any evidence of leaking. I drive reasonably hard from time to time, but not abusively so. It's mostly having fun when I'm first in light at a stop light, or when my daughter says "go fast, Daddy!" going up the hill on the way to her school.

Fortunately, I bought 2 quarts the first time & left the 2nd in my trunk, but now I'm starting to wonder if I shouldn't just always have a quart with me.

What have your experiences been? At what point should I be concerned?

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      09-04-2011, 03:20 PM   #34
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Added a 1/2 a quart around 8k miles (initial change at 2k). None since then. Now at 50,000 miles, change every 7,500.
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