Picasso questions

Just got a '02 1.6SX, and have some questions........
Is the thermometer bulb always orange or does that indicate I have a problem?
Why would it come up with 'service required' when it isn't yet? (linked to
first question?)
How long is your dipstick? (oh err misses!). Mine is only about 1cm long at the point where it dips into the oil- has it sheared off? It looks different to the pic in the manual. (again, linked to the above?).
TIA.
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Guess Who (no snipped-for-privacy@co.uk) gurgled happily, sounding much like they were saying :

Because the mileage-remaining didn't get reset at the last service?
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The Service indicator might come on when the screenwashfluid runs out...

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