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      09-19-2018, 04:38 PM   #1
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"Oil level above maximum" fault

Two days ago, I got an iDrive notification saying "Oil level above maximum". However, I didn't tip up oil or do anything to trigger it. BMW Assist ended up picking up the car as they didn't want me to drive around with it.

I got my car back today. Dealer is saying it's a faulty reading from a sensor and they've cleared the fault by recoding the car. Apparently sensor itself is not faulty. Has anyone else got this fault? What caused it?

Interestingly tow truck driver said, he's picked up quite a few BMWs with the same error in the last 6 months.
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Had the same on mine, and dealer did the same thing and also charged the oil. Picked up the car with oil level set the mid point between min and max. BMW said they put 6 litres instead of 6.5. Three months later and my oil level is at max!
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Had the same on mine, and dealer did the same thing and also charged the oil. Picked up the car with oil level set the mid point between min and max. BMW said they put 6 litres instead of 6.5. Three months later and my oil level is at max!
My guess is that this is a some sort of a sensor error that's becoming increasingly common. In my case they didn't even change oil.
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I wonder if they use the same sensor as Audi as a bunch of new Audis have been experiencing the same issue. Only seems to happen in cooler weather. Audi has issued a TSB which involved replacing the oil level sensor.
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I wonder if they use the same sensor as Audi as a bunch of new Audis have been experiencing the same issue. Only seems to happen in cooler weather. Audi has issued a TSB which involved replacing the oil level sensor.
Quite possibly. Tow truck driver said to me that he's picked up a number of cars with the same fault.
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Quite possibly. Tow truck driver said to me that he's picked up a number of cars with the same fault.
Sounds like a bad batch. I wonder if there was a design change or part supplier change. This is tech that's been around for a while. It's a bit odd to have so many failures across such a wide segment.
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