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      10-08-2012, 07:59 PM   #1
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low coolant level..help

Just started my car 10 minutes ago and it gave that warning...anyone have that experience? Going through some manual stuff right now..

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      10-08-2012, 10:06 PM   #2
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guess i'll have to add some water and drive to dealership tmr...to top it up
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      10-09-2012, 06:07 AM   #3
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Yep... just added coolant and carried on!
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      10-09-2012, 06:09 AM   #4
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add distill water a cup is fine

then get coolant from bmw
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Had same problem after about 15000km since new car was delivered. I added up a full bottle of BMW coolant (i think it's 2-liters) and from then I've added 5000km on top without any further level warning. Maybe a hiccup in the vehicle preparation when filling up all liquids?
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Had same problem after about 15000km since new car was delivered. I added up a full bottle of BMW coolant (i think it's 2-liters) and from then I've added 5000km on top without any further level warning. Maybe a hiccup in the vehicle preparation when filling up all liquids?
I had the low coolant warning about a month ago. Reservoir was bone dry. Filled it up with BMW coolant and have been checking every couple weeks. Visually I wasn't able to find any leaks and since the top off, the level hasnt dipped below max. I agree with you that BMW isnt filling enough of it at the factory.
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Same here. Filled it this weekend.
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Same here. Filled it this weekend.
Same here 7000 on the odo had the dealer top off, was a little low but still triggered the low coolant msg/warn.
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dealer topped it off......he didnt put that much though
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Happened to me as well. Got a warning when when the car was started from cold which disappeared when the car warmed, even on a restart. The difference in total coolant required to bring the level from just below minimum on the guage, which will trip the low coolant sensor, to maximum is pretty small. Apparently it's quite common to get a low coolant warning when the weather turns cold if the level wasn't close to maximum.

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I am also recently getting the low coolant level warning message . . . seems like a trend here. Never had to top off coolant in any other car about a year old before.
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Had the same issue at 11000 miles

It was bone dry so took it into the dealer. He said it happens. huh? Spoke to a mate with a 328i and he had the same issue so not sure if it's an X3 thing or a BMW thing.
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I had the low coolant warning about a month ago. Reservoir was bone dry. Filled it up with BMW coolant and have been checking every couple weeks. Visually I wasn't able to find any leaks and since the top off, the level hasnt dipped below max. I agree with you that BMW isnt filling enough of it at the factory.
Is there only a BMW proprietary coolant for my X3? How can you ruin a BMW system by using a bargain brand coolant? I'd like to know.
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