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Old 08-29-2005, 08:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a '92 325i that has about 150k miles that needs 1 quart every 1500 miles. Should I be concerned? I don't notice any leaking at spots where I usually park nor do I notice any smoke from the exhaust. Should I be concerned? What should I do? Would using some of the oils that are formulated for engines prevent the loss, are ther any adverse affects?
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Would oils formulated for engines with high mileage prevent the oil loss?
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I have the same problem...I just add more oil and everything works fine.
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I have the same problem...I just add more oil and everything works fine.
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Thats within normal limits. All engines burn oil during normal combustion, the ammount its burning is still within limits but its still higher then some lower milage cars.
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Thats much more consumption than my '92 325i with 150,000. I get about 4 - 6,000 miles per quart of oil, and I do drive my car hard, hitting redline regularly!

Have a friend drive behind you for a bit, checking for oil smoke, and floor it a few time to see if thats when you blow blue...
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I have listened to "Click & Clack" on PBR answer questions regarding this problem and they stated that when around 3k miles it's time for an oil change anyway so not to worry. I'm assuming my problem is burning oil as I don't see stains where I park. Does this affect performance and premature fouling of spark plugs? Also would using a different oil slow down or prevent the loss?
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Yeah I also got a quart or so go every 1500ish mile. 145K mile 94 325. I use 10-30, live in norcal, probably will go with something thicker next time.

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normal engines don't burn that much. check the gaskets, park your car over a peice of clean cardboard and findth leaking spot. start with that. it shouldn't jsut burn that much.
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