BMW 3 series E30 320 i engine oil capacity in quarts / liters

BMW 3 series E30 320 i engine oil capacity in quarts / liters. From year: 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994.

How many quarts / liters of engine oil is needed for an oil change including replacement of oil filter for a BMW 3 series E30 320i.

If you want to do maintenance by yourself on your BMW, if you want to change your engine oil and filters see and you don’t now how big it’s your engine volume or how much quarts / liters oil enter in your car engine below you can see what is your car engine oil capacity and what type of oil you must use.


BMW 3 series E30 320 i, engine oil capacity in quarts / liters.

  • BMW 3 series E30 320i it is a small / economy car.
  • Car fuel: gasoline.
  • BMW 3 series E30 320 i engine code: M 20 B 20.
  • Engine capacity: 1990 ccm (120,82 cubic inches).
  • Engine capacity: 1977 ccm.
  • Engine capacity: 1976 ccm.
  • BMW 3 series E30 320i engine oil capacity: 4.25 quarts or liters.
  • BMW 3 series E30 320 i manual gearbox oil capacity: 1.2 l.
  • BMW 3 series E30 320i automatic gearbox oil capacity: 3 l.
  • BMW 3 series E30 320 i recommended engine oil: Castrol Magnatec 10w-40 A3-B4.



 Lubricant type/specification.

Multigrade engine oil, viscositySAE 10W/40 to 20W/50, to API SG.

Ethylene glycol-based antifreeze with corrosion inhibitors.

Gear oil, viscosity SAE 80 to API-GL4, or single-grade mineral-based engine oil, viscosity SAE 20, 30 or 40 to API-SG.

Dexron ll type ATF.

BMW-approved hypoid gear oil, viscosity SAE 90**

Hydraulic brake fluid to SAE J 1703 or DOT 4.

Dexron ll type ATF.

Cooling system: M40 engines – 7.0 litres.

Final drive capacity (drain and refill) 3-Series, E30 – 0.9 litres.

All information about engine oil capacity or gear box oil capacity is taken from BMW 3 series E30 320i owners manual.

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Engine oil BMW 3 series E30 320 i.

Engine oil is checked with a dipstick, which is located on the side of the engine (refer to the underbonnet illustrations in this Chapter for dipstick location). The dipstick extends through a metal tube down into the sump. 

The engine oil should be checked before the vehicle has been driven, or at least 15 minutes after the engine has been shut off. if the oil is checked immediately after driving the vehicle, some of the oil will remain in the upper part of the engine, resulting in an inaccurate reading on the dipstick.

Pull the dipstick out of the tube, and wipe all of the oil away from the end with a clean rag or paper towel. Insert the clean dipstick all the way back into the tube, and pull it out again. Note the oil at the end of the dipstick. At its highest point, the oil should be between the two notches or marks (see illustration). It takes one litre of oil to raise the level from the lower mark to the upper mark on the dipstick. Do not allow the level to drop below the lower mark, or oil starvation may cause engine damage.

Engine oil BMW 3 series E30 316

Conversely, overfilling the engine (adding oil above the upper mark) may cause oil-fouled spark plugs, oil leaks, or oil seal failures.

To add oil, remove the filler cap located on the valve cover (see illustrations). After adding oil, wait a few minutes to allow the level to stabilise, then pull the dipstick out and check the level again. Add more oil if required. Refit the filler cap, tightening it by hand only. 

 Checking the oil level is an important preventive maintenance step. A consistently low oil level indicates oil leakage through damaged seals or defective gaskets, or oil burning (internal leakage past worn rings or valve guides). The condition of the oil should also be noted. If the oil looks milky in colour or has water droplets in it, the cylinder head gasket may be blown, or the head or block may be cracked. The engine should be repaired immediately. Whenever you check the oil level, slide your thumb and index finger up the dipstick before wiping off the oil. If you see small dirt or metal particles clinging to the dipstick, the oil should be changed (see Section 6).

 BMW 3 series E30 320 i engine oil capacity in quarts / liters


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