2015 BMW M235i: Low Oil, Handy Manual
by Mike Magrath, Features Editor on November 16, 2015
Sometime in the next 125 miles, our long-term 2015 BMW M235i needs a quart of BMW High Performance SAE 5W-30. Or BMW Longlife-01. Or BMW Longlife-01 FE.
And if none of these are available, "up to 1 US quart/liter of an oil with the following specification can be added: SAE 0W-40, SAE0W-30, SAE 5W-40 or SAE 5W-30."
I know this because it told me so, spoon-feeding me the relevant portions of the owner's manual at the relevant time.
Most cars have a low-oil dummy light. You run low on oil and the light goes on. Dumb, but effective.
Smarter systems will tell you how low you are. The BMW not only tells you how low you are, but also lets you know what kind of oil you need and offers some handy alternatives in case you're not within spitting distance of a BMW dealer.
The first warning sign is a small icon on the IP accompanied by a gong.
Next, there's a note on the center screen.
Which prompts you to "See Owner's Manual" and provides a handy link to the owner's manual
Which then lets you see what kind of oil you need
And what kind you can use if you must.
And while I didn't try it, I'm certain the nav has a list of BMW dealerships it could direct me to in order to purchase the necessary goo this car so desperately needs.
And in case you're wondering, no, I did not check the dipstick. I don't hook my iPod up to a battery tester when the gauge says it's low either; I just plug it in. And in this case I didn't even add oil. I just handed the keys to Kavanagh and told him it needed oil. He's an engineer. He'll figure it out.
Mike Magrath, Features Editor @ 11,249 miles