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Old 07-03-2003, 07:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 2000 328i that I bought a few months ago.
I took it to the dealer for an optional oil change and
supplied my own oil (Castrol Syntec 5W30). The owners
manual calls for approx. 6.5L or 7 qts of oil. I took in
6 litres thinking I would be topping off at home.
When I took it home, the dipstick showed the oil level
slightly past the upper notch. Does anyone know the
exact oil capacity? I watched the mechanic put only
the 6 litres in.

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you should always put less oil in than the capacity because not all the oil comes out when you drain it. for instance my car has a 4.3qt capacity but i only need about 3qts for a complete oil change. B)
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you should always put less oil in than the capacity because not all the oil comes out when you drain it. for instance my car has a 4.3qt capacity but i only need about 3qts for a complete oil change. B)
That really doesn't sound good. I've never had a car that didn't take the appropriate amount within .25 of a qt. 1.3qt is a big amount to not come out. =\
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Originally posted by moto@Jul 4 2003, 11:10 PM
I have a 2000 328i that I bought a few months ago.
I took it to the dealer for an optional oil change and
supplied my own oil (Castrol Syntec 5W30). The owners
manual calls for approx. 6.5L or 7 qts of oil. I took in
6 litres thinking I would be topping off at home.
When I took it home, the dipstick showed the oil level
slightly past the upper notch. Does anyone know the
exact oil capacity? I watched the mechanic put only
the 6 litres in.

Joe G.
Usually anywhere from 6-7 qts. you may have to add just a little bit later...
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It also depends on if the oil filter has been replaced as well. The filter holds about half a quart of oil.
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It also depends on if the oil filter has been replaced as well. The filter holds about half a quart of oil.
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