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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
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Old Sun, May-17-2009, 12:31:45 PM   #1
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Default how much oil are our cars supposed to burn?

i know our cars burn X amount of oil in between oil changes and after a certain amount of miles...

so how much oil should be added, and after how many miles (after a full oil and filter change) should it be added?

do we wait for the yellow oil light to come on before adding more oil, or is that already too low?

please advise.. thanks
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There's no universal number. All engines are different, and the cars they're in are driven differently. Some don't burn any between oil changes (mine, for instance), some can burn quite a bit. Best thing you can do is check it at every fill-up or when you normally check tires, etc. You damned sure do not want to wait until the light comes on before you put oil in it.
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Neither of the two M3's I have daily driven for the last 8 years have ever burned any oil.
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///M engines tend to consume a little bit of oil when driving aggressively , totally normal ..

I usually put 1/2 liter every 6200 miles of daily driving , and yes I drive it like I stole it !

EDIT : I meant 1/4 or even less , not 1/2L lol !
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There's no universal number. All engines are different, and the cars they're in are driven differently. Some don't burn any between oil changes (mine, for instance), some can burn quite a bit. Best thing you can do is check it at every fill-up or when you normally check tires, etc. You damned sure do not want to wait until the light comes on before you put oil in it.
How do you check w/ no dipstick at each fill up?
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How do you check w/ no dipstick at each fill up?
hmmm... maybe i am missing something but i believe our cars have dipsticks!!?@!

or else i have been checking something else for the last 4years.. yikes!!
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How do you check w/ no dipstick at each fill up?


See red thingy in the pic of my engine below? Yours has one too. Give it a pull and see what happens.

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I think he was making an E9x M3 joke.
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If you find your car is consuming more oil then expected change out the oil separator.

its ~50-60 bucks and right under the valve cover so its not hard to do.

My car was consuming about 1 liter per 1500-2000 miles and after changing the separator (which was totally clogged) my consumption is about 1 liter per 6000-7500miles, which is right where M cars are supposed to be.
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Luckily mine doesn't burn any oil.. If it does something might be wrong especially if it's not track only driven.

A friend of mine with a 300 shot nitrous I/H/E M3 says his burns oil from time to time.. So it could be how extreme driven your car is and possibly scored piston rings or something else.

You can to get a compression test just to see how in spec each cylinder holds.
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