2008 BMW X5 4.8i: Oil, oil, oil
February 09, 2009
The BMW X5 let me know over the weekend that it was a little thirsty for a quart of Castrol's finest 5w-30 synthetic. When I turned the engine off Sunday, the little Aladdin's oil lamp warning appeared in the driver information center, accompanied as always by a "dongggggggg."
So I checked through the iDrive information system and saw that same bit of information relayed to me in an entirely different graphical way -- the engine needs a quart of oil. Because I wear suspenders, a belt and I bolt my pants into my hip bones every morning, I decided to also check the dipstick (that inconspicuous-looking black plastic nub behind the oil filler in the picture below). Guess what? The engine needed a quart of oil. You'd have to be willfully abusive to your vehicle to miss triple redundancy like that.
I grabbed a quart of Castrol, since I was instructed to by the cap on the oil filler, for $7.41. You might be able to tell from the other photo below that I should have used a funnel since the access to the oil filler is compromised. But I only dripped a drop and the car is fine.
Tomorrow morning the X5 and I will depart for the Chicago auto show and at least one of us is looking forward to the drive.
-- Daniel Pund, Senior Editor, Detroit