F30POST
F30POST
2012-2015 BMW 3-Series and 4-Series Forum
BMW Garage BMW Meets Register Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
BMW 3-Series and 4-Series Forum (F30 / F32) | F30POST > 2012-2019 BMW 3 and 4-Series Forums > General F30 Sedan / F32 Coupe / F36 Gran Coupe Forum > Re-birth of the oil dip-stick
Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      02-09-2010, 01:12 PM   #1
brunp
Private
 
Drives: 2006 BMW 325i,1998 BMW 328iS
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Ottawa, ON

Posts: 79
iTrader: (0)

Re-birth of the oil dip-stick

I am curious if they will bring this back. Mercedes apparently has done so.....curious of BMW will follow suit. It will make oil changes much more reliable.

Thanks
Paul
brunp is offline   Canada
0
Reply With Quote
      02-09-2010, 04:56 PM   #2
bavarian19
General
 
bavarian19's Avatar
 
Drives: Car
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: VA

Posts: 18,809
iTrader: (23)

I would care more about BMW bringing the spare tire back. But I would agree that the dipstick should come back.
bavarian19 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      02-09-2010, 05:25 PM   #3
JL 325i
straight^
 
JL 325i's Avatar
 
Drives: guess
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: lafayette, LA

Posts: 760
iTrader: (7)

+1 spare tie, but idk if bmw's thinking about it but its those kinda of small things that after they fix the major problem a.k.a(Hpfp) that make there customer greatful to own a beamer
__________________
Modding.
JL 325i is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      02-09-2010, 05:32 PM   #4
VTECaddict
Where'd my VTEC go?
 
VTECaddict's Avatar
 
Drives: 06 330i 6MT
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Las Vegas, NV

Posts: 4,612
iTrader: (4)

Does the N55 have one? If not, I don't see them bringing it back since I believe the N55 is BMW's newest engine. Does the N63 V8-TT have one?
__________________
AW/Terra | ZSP | ZPP | ZCW | iDrive | CA
Mods: BC BR | OEM Blacklines | M-tech rear | custom dual exhaust | M3 steering wheel | BMW SSK | ZHP shift knob | BMW Performance rep spoiler
Varrstoen ES1 19x9.5+20 Front, 19x11+25 rear
VTECaddict is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      02-11-2010, 08:10 PM   #5
E90330iS
Major General
 
Drives: E90 330i
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Arcadia, California

Posts: 6,314
iTrader: (55)

Garage List
2006 330i  [0.00]
Send a message via AIM to E90330iS Send a message via MSN to E90330iS Send a message via Skype™ to E90330iS
i think the computer is accurate..
__________________
1. E90 325i/328i/330i Eisenmann Race Exhaust 2 x 76mm (Used for 30000 miles) $680 OBO
2. BMW M3 Steering wheel $430 OBO
3. BMW Original E90 Blacklines $230 OBO
4. BMS Powerbox $230 OBO
E90330iS is offline   Germany
0
Reply With Quote
      02-15-2010, 08:40 PM   #6
tuned2ride
First Lieutenant
 
Drives: E90
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Hell

Posts: 314
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by E90330iS View Post
i think the computer is accurate..
Computer may be accurate, but not the sensor - this kind of devices just finish to fail.
tuned2ride is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      02-15-2010, 09:52 PM   #7
mercury26
Lord of the Rings
 
Drives: 2010 BMW 328xit/1985 BMW 535i
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Broomfield Colorado

Posts: 319
iTrader: (2)

Quote:
Originally Posted by bavarian19 View Post
I would care more about BMW bringing the spare tire back. But I would agree that the dipstick should come back.
It is much easier to remedy the spare tire the problem, the manual analog dipstick is a much tougher nut to crack.

Cheers

Chuck
mercury26 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      02-16-2010, 01:02 AM   #8
JayReplay
Major
 
Drives: E46 M3 6MT Sunroof Delete
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: River Forest, IL

Posts: 1,494
iTrader: (16)

If they don't bring it back, my next car won't be a BMW.
__________________

Oxford Green E46 M3 - Current - 6MT, Sunroof Delete, KW V2, Turner Camber Plates & Brake Ducts,
OEM ZCPs (Street), Volk TE37s (Track), Paino Black Trim, Dinan SSK, ZHP Knob, Umnitza AEs
JayReplay is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      02-16-2010, 01:48 AM   #9
sole cal
Black Mamba
 
sole cal's Avatar
 
Drives: E90 335i
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: SoCal 818

Posts: 1,326
iTrader: (10)

Quote:
Originally Posted by J3Yer View Post
If they don't bring it back, my next car won't be a BMW.
You decide your cars on dipsticks?
__________________
sole cal is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      02-16-2010, 08:01 AM   #10
brinkmann
Major
 
brinkmann's Avatar
 
Drives: '06 SGM 330i
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Stamford, CT

Posts: 1,081
iTrader: (15)

Quote:
Originally Posted by J3Yer View Post
If they don't bring it back, my next car won't be a BMW.
What a dumb thing to center your decision around. No offense
__________________
brinkmann is offline   Germany
0
Reply With Quote
      02-16-2010, 08:33 AM   #11
harpoondude
Brigadier General
 
harpoondude's Avatar
 
Drives: m5
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: italy

Posts: 4,180
iTrader: (1)

Quote:
Originally Posted by sole cal View Post
You decide your cars on dipsticks?
weird, i know its a pain but i agree with you... dipstick or not, BMW is my #1... I think spare tire and non RFT are much better things to put back...
__________________
My Dad is cheap as hell and wont share his MONEYBAGS
Quote:
Originally Posted by 335xiRN View Post
i can totally tell the difference. le mans hands down.
harpoondude is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      02-16-2010, 01:09 PM   #12
JayReplay
Major
 
Drives: E46 M3 6MT Sunroof Delete
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: River Forest, IL

Posts: 1,494
iTrader: (16)

Hahaha no I was kidding. Only car to replace BMW is p car
__________________

Oxford Green E46 M3 - Current - 6MT, Sunroof Delete, KW V2, Turner Camber Plates & Brake Ducts,
OEM ZCPs (Street), Volk TE37s (Track), Paino Black Trim, Dinan SSK, ZHP Knob, Umnitza AEs
JayReplay is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      02-16-2010, 03:29 PM   #13
Ramos
Colonel
 
Ramos's Avatar
 
Drives: 2014 M235
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: So-Cal

Posts: 2,073
iTrader: (6)

Quote:
Originally Posted by J3Yer View Post
If they don't bring it back, my next car won't be a BMW.
Quote:
Originally Posted by J3Yer View Post
Hahaha no I was kidding. Only car to replace BMW is p car
Whether you were kidding or not, there are actually people who base their buying decision on such trivial (stupid) things... There was this one guy who sent in a letter to Roundel about 3 months who got rid of his wife's X3 after a few months at a substantial loss and got a Subaru Forester instead all because the X3 did not have a dip stick.... So forgive us, but such dumb asses really do exist
Ramos is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      02-16-2010, 03:58 PM   #14
mercury26
Lord of the Rings
 
Drives: 2010 BMW 328xit/1985 BMW 535i
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Broomfield Colorado

Posts: 319
iTrader: (2)

While not having a dipstick is a negative for me, I base my car decision on a number of factors. The lack of dipstick and spare tire were some negatives in my recent decision making process. Obviously the positives outweighed the negatives on my decision, but the lack of these two items are not selling points.

As a point of note, Audi also removed the dipsticks on their latest A4 models. BUT, the tube is still there and the part can be ordered for a customer retrofit. But two big negatives for me on the Audi, no Avant (Wagon) version of the S4 and the A4 Avant cannot be purchased with 6sp MT.

My compromise was that a wagon with 6sp MT is more important than a spare tire and manual dipstick. If the S4 Avant w/ 6sp MT were available, then I would be posting on the Audi forum this afternoon.

Cheers,

Chuck
mercury26 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      02-16-2010, 05:45 PM   #15
hotrod2448
grand poobah
 
hotrod2448's Avatar
 
Drives: E70 X5 SG, F10 535i
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Charlotte, NC

Posts: 2,014
iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2011 335d  [0.00]
I'll say this even if it's only for the odd sensor failure it's nice to be able to physically check the oil level as opposed to wonder if you actually have oil in the engine or not. I've seen a few people have failures where it says there is no oil in the engine. It would be nice piece of mind to not have to roll the dice on it just being a sensor.

I like the dipstick for being able to see what the oil looks like (black, smells like fuel, etc...) to help gauge the oil condition and adjust change intervals.
hotrod2448 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      02-20-2010, 07:29 AM   #16
Nick.CBR
Lieutenant Colonel
 
Drives: BMW
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: USA

Posts: 1,639
iTrader: (6)

Quote:
Originally Posted by J3Yer View Post
If they don't bring it back, my next car won't be a BMW.
wow...
Nick.CBR is online now   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      02-20-2010, 07:30 AM   #17
Nick.CBR
Lieutenant Colonel
 
Drives: BMW
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: USA

Posts: 1,639
iTrader: (6)

Quote:
Originally Posted by J3Yer View Post
Hahaha no I was kidding. Only car to replace BMW is p car
ok good. lol - I agree with the above statement as well

Nick
Nick.CBR is online now   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      02-20-2010, 08:24 AM   #18
alms21
Captain
 
Drives: '10 GT-R
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Frederick, MD/Sarasota, FL

Posts: 809
iTrader: (3)

Quote:
Originally Posted by J3Yer View Post
Hahaha no I was kidding. Only car to replace BMW is p car
You won't find a dipstick in the Pcars either
__________________
2014 Audi S5
2010 GT-R (gone)
2006 BMW X5; '04 Toyota 4runner LTD
Past: '11 M3; '07 Porsche 997 Turbo; '09 E92 M3, '11 GS Vette; E46M3; C6Z06; E60M5; '09 335; '06 CaymanS; Porsche 996 Turbo; Porsche 997S
alms21 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      02-21-2010, 04:53 PM   #19
Fconic
Enlisted Member
 
Drives: Lexus IS350
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Orlando, FL

Posts: 35
iTrader: (0)

Why do you need a dipstick if the maintenance is included in the new cars for 4yrs/50,000 miles. If the car blows up for lack of oil and the sensor failed to pick it up, wouldn't it be BMW's fault?
Fconic is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      02-21-2010, 04:56 PM   #20
Fconic
Enlisted Member
 
Drives: Lexus IS350
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Orlando, FL

Posts: 35
iTrader: (0)

Why do you need a dipstick if the maintenance is included in the new cars for 4yrs/50,000 miles. If the car blows up for lack of oil and the sensor failed to pick it up, wouldn't it be BMW's fault?
Fconic is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      02-21-2010, 05:46 PM   #21
hotrod2448
grand poobah
 
hotrod2448's Avatar
 
Drives: E70 X5 SG, F10 535i
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Charlotte, NC

Posts: 2,014
iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2011 335d  [0.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fconic View Post
Why do you need a dipstick if the maintenance is included in the new cars for 4yrs/50,000 miles. If the car blows up for lack of oil and the sensor failed to pick it up, wouldn't it be BMW's fault?
What about if/when the sensor does fail and you are unsure if it actually has oil or not? Do you want to sit around waiting for a tow truck or are you going to just drive it and risk actually not having oil then getting stuck with the rebuild bill because you ignored the warning?

Or do you trust BMW oil change intervals even though the oil might be horribly contaminated. My original 335 said it could go 24,000 miles between changes while running a constant 250 oil temp. At @7500 miles I changed it and it smelled like fuel horribly.

Bottom line is it would probably cost BMW next to nothing to do it and give those of us who would actually use it a nice little piece of mind and those of us who don't want to can still use the sensor and not be bothered with it.
hotrod2448 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      02-27-2010, 12:21 AM   #22
Alchem
Lieutenant
 
Drives: 335xi
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Chicago

Posts: 422
iTrader: (0)

I could careless about Dip Stick or Spare Tire. Besides spare = more weight.
I want BMW to concentrate on lowering 3ers weight.
Alchem is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
Post Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:32 PM.




f30post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST