I learnt something new last night while reading the owners manual.
You're supposed to check oil level with engine hot.
Never known that before
Erm, What owners manual were you reading? This is from the 2000/2001 owners manual - 3rd edition:
ENGINE OIL LEVEL CHECK & TOP-UP
Check the oil level at least every 400 km
(250 miles) when the engine is COLD and with
the vehicle resting on level ground, as follows:
- Withdraw the dipstick and wipe the blade
- Fully reinsert the dipstick and withdraw
again to check the level, which should
NEVER be allowed to fall below the lower
mark on the dipstick.
- To top-up, unscrew the oil filler cap and
add oil to maintain the level between the
UPPER and LOWER marks on the dipstick.
DO NOT OVERFILL!
NOTE: If it is necessary to check the oil level
when the engine is hot, switch off the engine
and let the vehicle stand for five minutes to
allow the oil to drain back into the sump. Then
follow the procedure already described
Well that is a new one on me alright....
I just looked in the handbooks I've got here - and the one from my 1998 GEMS is a 1997 publication and it also shows to check it when HOT... same as the image you posted says... But then I look at the other handbooks I've got for my 2000 and 2001's and they both say to check COLD and wait 5 mins if it has to be checked when HOT...