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2011 BMW 528i: Self Oil Check Good for Compulsive Hand Washers, Not for the Perpetually Impatient

March 09, 2011

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<rant> Yesterday, after the 2011 BMW 528i had been sitting at the car wash being hand-dried and fussed over for a good 20 minutes, I figured it would be a good time to check the oil, or rather to ask the car to run a self oil check. I sat in the cockpit for maybe 15-20 seconds, and when it still wasn't finished checking, I figured I couldn't wait any longer to head back to the office, what with afternoon traffic and all.

I drove for maybe 15 minutes. Still not done checking. I parked the car and waited a solid 60 seconds. Finally done with the check. Oil level OK. Yes, obviously, I should have remained parked in the first place.

Still, too much waiting, I say. I can do it faster on my own. Or even, if I actually can't do it faster, it feels faster because I'm doing something -- getting out the car, lifting the hood open, removing the dipstick, wiping it with a napkin, etc. -- rather than just sitting there waiting. </rant>

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 9,882 miles


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