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    Dipstick Color

    My eyes are old and could use a break now and then.... but why would they make the dipstick a color that's similar to the color of oil? Really???? This my 3rd BMW over 18 years, and every time I check the oil it annoys me. What's wrong with yellow or white to contrast with the color of oil to make it easy to see?

    I know, lay it on a paper towel, or use bright lights etc. But they didn't have to make it so hard

    End of rant
    - Pete


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    100% agree!


    2004 BMW 330CI ZHP, Silver Grey Metallic, Dinan: Stage 2 Software, High Flow Intake,
    Free Flow Exhaust, Front Strut Bar, Stage 2 Suspension System, Staggered Hartge Replica Wheels,
    M3 Mirrors (Side and Interior), M3 Seats

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    Iím colorblind, so Iíll third this.

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    In researching, I'm seeing that the e46 316 and 318 have a RED dipstick! That's an improvement! Doesn't say it fits our cars:

    11437505490
    Dipstick
    From:04/01/2001To:-Weight:0.027 kgPrice:$15.30
    Part 11437505490 was found on the following E46 vehicles:

    3' E46, 316Ci, Coupe, N40, EUR, (BD71) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 316Ci, Coupe, N40, EUR, (BM71) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 316Ci, Coupe, N45, EUR, (BX71) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 316i, Sedan, N40, EUR, (AY11) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 316i, Sedan, N42, EUR, (AY31) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 316i, Sedan, N42, EUR, (AY32) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 316i, Sedan, N45, EUR, (EY11) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 316i, Sedan, N46, EUR, (EY31) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 316i, Sedan, N46, EUR, (EY32) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 316i, Touring, N42, EUR, (AX31) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 316i, Touring, N42, EUR, (AX32) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 316i, Touring, N46, EUR, (EX31) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 316i, Touring, N46, EUR, (EX32) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 316ti, Compact, N40, EUR, (AT11) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 316ti, Compact, N42, EUR, (AT51) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 316ti, Compact, N42, EUR, (AT52) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 316ti, Compact, N45, EUR, (EZ31) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 316ti, Compact, N46, EUR, (EZ51) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 316ti, Compact, N46, EUR, (EZ52) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 318Ci, Convertible, N42, EUR, (BP71) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 318Ci, Convertible, N42, EUR, (BP72) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 318Ci, Convertible, N42, EUR, (BW71) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 318Ci, Convertible, N42, EUR, (BW72) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 318Ci, Convertible, N46, EUR, (BY71) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 318Ci, Convertible, N46, EUR, (BY72) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 318Ci, Coupe, N42, EUR, (BD91) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 318Ci, Coupe, N42, EUR, (BD92) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 318Ci, Coupe, N42, EUR, (BV71) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 318Ci, Coupe, N42, EUR, (BV72) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 318Ci, Coupe, N46, EUR, (BX91) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 318Ci, Coupe, N46, EUR, (BX92) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 318i, Sedan, N42, EUR, (AY71) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 318i, Sedan, N42, EUR, (AY72) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 318i, Sedan, N42, EUR, (AZ71) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 318i, Sedan, N42, EUR, (AZ72) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 318i, Sedan, N46, EUR, (ET75) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 318i, Sedan, N46, EUR, (ET76) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 318i, Sedan, N46, EUR, (EY71) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 318i, Sedan, N46, EUR, (EY72) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 318i, Touring, N42, EUR, (AX51) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 318i, Touring, N42, EUR, (AX52) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 318i, Touring, N46, EUR, (EX51) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 318i, Touring, N46, EUR, (EX52) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 318ti, Compact, N42, EUR, (AU51) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 318ti, Compact, N42, EUR, (AU52) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 318ti, Compact, N46, EUR, (EZ71) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
    3' E46, 318ti, Compact, N46, EUR, (EZ72) : Oil pan/oil level indicator
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    Quote Originally Posted by pedro2u View Post
    In researching, I'm seeing that the e46 316 and 318 have a RED dipstick! That's an improvement! Doesn't say it fits our cars:
    11437505490 Dipstick
    It could be a different overall length which might not be accurate in the 330, and doesn't stay that bright red for long. Who will buy & try?!
    2006 330ci ZHP - Silbergrau Metallic / Stoff Laser/Anthrazit / Alu Black Cube trim / Adaptive Xenon headlights / HK hi-fi system / heated front seats

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    Quote Originally Posted by John in VA View Post
    It could be a different overall length which might not be accurate in the 330, and doesn't stay that bright red for long. Who will buy & try?!
    +1 to this, whoever buys it will have to carefully check that it matches the length of the original, if not then it has to be returned.

    I can't speak as to how good it is but ECS Tuning has their own aftermarket dipstick with a silver background.
    2004 BMW 330CI ZHP (well, technically ZAM)


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    Quote Originally Posted by t.er View Post
    +1 to this, whoever buys it will have to carefully check that it matches the length of the original, if not then it has to be returned.

    I can't speak as to how good it is but ECS Tuning has their own aftermarket dipstick with a silver background.
    it would be great if anyone with a 316i or 318i E46 would measure the overall length of their red dipstick as well as the distance to the full and down 1 qt marks! That would save me $50. Any Euro contributors out there?

    I've seen that billet dipstick on ECS for $60 - that's tempting!!

    https://www.ecstuning.com/b-ecs-part...424ecs01-01~a/
    - Pete


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    and just to be sure dipstick diameter in case the dipstick tube happens to be a different size
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    I can ask someone over in the German forums to measure their dipstick.
    330i Base | Mysticblau | Slicktop | 6MT

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    be careful how you word the question......

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