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      09-08-2012, 10:36 PM   #1
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Break in and oil consumption

While BMW says no break in is required and fills with synthetic oil from the get-go for most of their cars they do recommend " break in oil" for the M cars, changing to synthetic at 1,200 miles. I also understand that BMW says that consuming a quart of oil every 750 miles is still " Normal".

Has anyone experienced high oil usage?

I am thinking of draining the synthetic as soon as I get my car (leaving the filter in place) and replacing it with Dino oil for the first 1,500 miles. Then I would change the filter and change back to synthetic oil. The idea would be to help the rings seat better.

What do you think?
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      09-09-2012, 05:36 AM   #2
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If you do that you will possibly invalidate the warranty, if for example the engine had a problem while that dino oil is in it you would have an issue.
I would follow the BMW recommendation. They make thousands/millions of cars and do massive amounts of testing and likely know what's best for a new car/new engine regarding performance/longlevity and reliability.

IMO of course
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      09-09-2012, 05:36 AM   #3
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I bought a demo model, 4000km on the clock, 5000km later it has not used any oil, 2.0D x drive. No break in procedure would have been used, and no issues since I had it.
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      09-09-2012, 06:55 AM   #4
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A quart every 750 miles !?!?! No way. Perhaps every 7500 miles. In all my years, my BMWs have never burnt that much oil.

I think switching to dino for break-in is overkill. When was the last time you heard of someone retiring a BMW due to an engine failure related to oil lubrication?
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