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Newbie here, waiting for delivery of my 4-door Cooper. I down loaded the owners manual, and was very pleased to see the oil level indicator and warning feature. In MHO, oil pressure is only suitable for indicating engine wear. In the case of an oil leak, oil pressure will go from normal to zero suddenly, and by the time you pull over the engine is already toast. Kudos to Mini for the oil level feature.

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Personally, I'd rather have good old fashioned dipstick backing up the electronic system, but I'm analog that way... I like to seeeee it.
The 3-cylinder diesel engine has both a dipstick & the electronic readout... I use both!
 

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I just open the filler cap now to see and smell the oil. I still have trust issues with the electro-dipstick, but man, it does make it easy to check more often.
 

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Yeah, real men still carry a flexible wooden stick they poke down the fuel filler to check the level of fuel in the tank - after all, what sort of incompetent idiot would need something as stupid as an electric fuel level gauge?

(Trivia: I believe the proper socialist two-stroke Trabant was the last car to have a fuel tank dipstick. Those bourgeois reactionaries at VW replaced it with a fuel gauge when they took over and put a four-stroke Polo motor in.)
 

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Yeeeeah, who needs to see or smell the oil for issues anyway. Heck, it's a perfect comparison! Just like with that good ol' electric fuel level indicator, just refill the oil when it is about to run out.
 

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Mate took me up in a model light aircraft. Fuel gauge was a wire stuck in a cork poking out the cowl in front of pilot!

Must say I'd prefer a dipstick and feel it wastes petrol checking the oil.
 

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I agree Jeremy. It's OK having a system checking the oil but I would really prefer a manual method as well. I think MINI have forgotten that some of us actually perform basic checks on our cars.
 
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