I had the synthetic oil for my 2004 BMW 325Xi changed at about 2,200 miles (break-in oil change).
It is now at about 4,850 miles. I just noticed today that the oil level seems a fair amount too high (1/2 inch over max). I don't know if the dipstick is a bit inaccurate or they just srewed up.
The owner's manual says it takes 6.2 quarts.
I noticed that the oil change receipt says 8 quarts! Maybe that is just BMW usually bills it to get to the quoted total. If not, this may serve as good proof that they put too much in!
In any case, I wish I would have checked the level right after the oil change. The engine oil level seems about 1/2 inch above the 'MAX' line.
I don't know if it is the weird dipstick design (it had the four plastic fins sticking out above (and below the 'min' line) the max
Any suggestions on how to approach this when I bring it in to the dealer first thing tomorrow morning?
Maybe 1/2 inch above max isn't that terrible, but it seems like more than a slight overfill to me.
I have read about a number of things that can go wrong when overfilling, especially decreased long term (engine) reliability.
I was going to keep this car till it had a ton of miles on it, but now am wondering if I should only keep it till just before the 4 years / 50,000 miles warranty is up.
1) I had the brake / ABS (failure) light go on today for a few minutes at one point, only to go off after a minute or two. It hasn't recurred since then.
2) There is a slight whirring (not sure how to describe it other than that) noise (could be belt issue?) coming from the right side front of the car under the hood.
Other than that, there are no obvious problems (yet).
Thanks for any tips / advice!