How do you check the oil level on a 2008 BMW 535i?

I bought this car used recently, and I want to check to see if the previous owner kept the oil at a good level. How can I check the oil on my BMW?

Liz Jenson · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
It’s actually pretty easy to check the oil level on a 2008
BMW 535i
! Here’s how to do it:
  • First, make sure that your engine is warm and that you have driven for at least six miles.
  • Put your car in park.
  • Select Vehicle Info on your display.
  • Select Vehicle Status.
  • Select Engine Oil Level.
Once you do this, you might see a number of different messages, such as:
  • Engine oil level OK: This indicates that your oil is at a good level.
  • Engine oil level below minimum. Add 1 quart!: If you see this, you should add oil within the next 125 miles of driving.
  • Engine oil level too high! Have this checked: As you might imagine, this means that your engine oil level is too high. Overfilling your engine oil can be very dangerous, so you should take your car to a mechanic right away.
  • Measurement inactive. Have this checked: This means that your sensor is malfunctioning or unable to gauge the oil level in your engine. In this case, it’s a good idea to visit a professional to get the problem fixed.
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