I thought I would post my initial thoughts on the Cravenspeed Dipstick I got myself for Christmas. :biggrin5: To set the tone, I have an 09 JCW (R56) so this is the 2nd gen model that they offer. I have always found it difficult to determine what the OEM dipstick is telling me. Mine doesn't match up to the pictures in my owner's manual so that added to the confusion. In order to compare the two against each other, I set up a square edge reference mark, a tape measure, and a paper towel to help show the oil amount. First off, I notice that for me the OEM is longer. Not sure why or if it matters. Secondly, the action of the Craven in the dipstick tube is like night and day to the OEM. There is almost no resistance in replacing the Craven. It just slides right in. Additionally I do think it is easier to see the oil on the Craven along with counting the notches to determine the oil level. According to the tech document on Craven's site; " Like the factory dipstick, the sinker on the Dipstick Replacement measures approximately 1 quart of oil. Add more oil to your MINI based on how many notches have collected oil. If all notches are clean, add about a quart of oil. If half of the notches are clean, add about a half a quart of oil." So, what do you think? Is it easier to tell? I can see that I have ~3 clear notches on the craven whereas the oem looks like it is almost full. And yes. It is time for an oil change.