New 8 Series Will Have Something That's Missing On Many BMW Models


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Changing your oil or checking your oil level are simple tasks. Just pull out the dipstick, wipe it with a towel, then reinsert and pull out again to check the oil level. The process is fairly routine unless you own a modern luxury car like a BMW. For many years, BMW and other luxury automakers have been selling cars without a dipstick, with users relying on the car's computer to give them a reading. Here's a handy tutorial video to show you how it works.

Not having a dipstick is fine for most people, especially owners of six-figure luxury cars who don't like getting their hands dirty. However, it appears the old-fashioned dipstick is making a return.

A forum user on Bimmerpost made a discovery under the hood of the 2020 BMW M850i. Much to our surprise, the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 now features a dipstick.

This is great news for all of those enthusiasts who are ready to plunk down $111,900 on a new 8 Series but don't want to dish out over $100 for an oil change at a BMW dealership.


To be honest, the inclusion of a dipstick shouldn't make too much of a difference but it may make someone out there happy. The M850i uses a new version of BMW's N63 V8, which may later find its way into other models like the M550i. For now, it seems unclear if other BMW models will also gain a dipstick and why the 8 Series has one in the first place.

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