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Fluid Capacities

Note that the information presented here is accurate for my 97 540. Various information may vary across model years. All values are approximate. Refer to your manual for more info.



Units Measure
Fuel tank
(total, including reserve below)
gallons (liters) 18.5 (70)

Minimum requirement is unleaded regular gas with min 87 AKI.

Higher octane fuels (premium unleaded, 90 AKI; super premium 92 AKI) will provide slightly higher levels of fuel economy and performance.

Fuel reserve

gallons (liters) 2.6 (10)
Windshield washer reservoir quarts (liters) 3.3 (3.5)
with headlight washer
quarts (liters) 5.7 (6.0)

Intensive-action washer reservoir

quarts (liters) 0.9 (1.0)
Cooling system quarts (liters) 11.4 (12.0) 50:50 mix of water and coolant. BMW coolant recommended.
Engine oil (with filter change) quarts (liters) 7.1 (7.5)

API Service SG oil.

5W-30 for -30 to 55 degrees F.

15W-40 for -10 to 85 degrees F and higher.

Full range synthetic preferred.

Brake fluid quarts (liters) 0.9 (1) DOT 4
Manual transmission fluid quarts (liters) 1.1 (1.2) ATF (may vary by year - check tag on transmission)
Automatic transmission fluid - - "Lifetime" fluid. No change required.
Final drive unit/differential quarts (liters) 0.9 (1) Approved hypoid gear oil.

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