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I recently purchased a 2003 BMW 530 VIN WBADT63413CK42094 (M54 straight 6).
At 41909 miles I changed the oil with 7 quarts of 0w30 German Castrol. I was very disappointed to find that the engine was down a quart at 45861! That’s a quart in 3952 miles! My 1976 2002 doesn’t use that much oil and it smokes when you start it up!
I have to say that the 350 runs strong but did I buy a lemon or what? I have a lot of respect for German engineering but come on. What is going on?
2003 BMW 530
1976 BMW 2002 automatic
1990 Volvo 240
1989 Volvo 240
did you consider that your oil filter with the oil filter hosing can hold up to 1qt.
when you had your oil changed or did yourself, did you presoak your filter. remember your e39m54b30 engine has it's oil filter on top and needs time to fill up and the filter to soak the oil up. so on a bmw with inline 6 that can be normal. check between for extra loss of oil.
also, if you see oil leaking out the bottom but cant find it. it may be the oil filter hosing gasket. hopefully not anything major
This is what the M54 does (at least the 3.0). My car does the same, and if you look around on all BMW boards online, the issue has been discussed plenty. Some do people get lucky and get one that doesn't swallow as much oil, however.
I just carry around a quart of oil in my trunk. In fact, I just recently bough a cool, BMW branded carrying case for said quart of oil.
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