If you feel as though there should be a more practical way of checking your oil level on newer BMW models, as opposed to simply relying on your trip computer or iDrive system, then you should know that the good old dipstick might be making a comeback.
This image was posted recently on Bimmerpost, and it shows somebody pulling on a dipstick found inside the engine bay of the new BMW M850i. Overall, the image looks pretty realistic and the engine cover strongly resembles the one on the M850i’s 4.4-liter twin turbo V8.
Are there any doubts?
Yes and no. While at first everything seemed to be in order, we’re somewhat inclined to say that the engine cover appears a bit small for a 4.4-liter V8, even if we’re only given a partial view of it. Then there’s that small plastic flap right above the dipstick, which looks different there than in official press images, where it curves downwards a great deal more – hard not to notice it.
The flip side of that is the fact that we can actually spot the top of the dipstick in official press images, such as the one right above. So technically speaking, that should make for irrefutable proof that BMW is bringing back some “old school tech” together with their 2020 M850i model.
What do you think though? Is BMW really going back to using dipsticks as a reliable measuring tool or is something else going on?