2009 BMW 7 Series Long Term Road Test


2009 BMW 750i: Engine Oil Level at Minimum!

February 01, 2010

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I won the vehicle service telltale lottery once again: I got a warning in the meter cluster that our long-term 2009 BMW 750 was low on oil. Instead of popping the hood, I checked the level through the iDrive display (above).

I checked what type of oil to add, again through the iDrive -- and got little info.
Looking in the paper book, it said SAE 0W-40, 0W-30, 5W-40, and 5W-30. But it didn't specify mineral or synthetic.

I remembered that new BMWs take fancy BMW-branded synthetic, so I picked up a quart of Mobil 1
5W-20 ($7) at Target, because that was the only Mobil 1 viscosity on the shelf.

Why Target? Because I'm in West LA and have no idea where the auto parts stores are near me.

And surprisingly, I actually had to open the hood to dump the oil in: there's no where to add oil through the iDrive.

Albert Austria, Senior Engineer @ 25,205 miles

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