i have high oil consumption so i called bmw and they said a litre per thousand miles is acceptable too bmw. Is this true. I do around 18 thousand a year, so 18 litres is ok to them at 14 quid a litre. Lucky for me mine uses more than 1 litre every thousand miles. So they are gonna look at it. Just imagine if yours used 999 ml. Thats not very good for running costs.
My 2007 Cooper S has done 40,000 miles and oil consumption is still a litre per 1000 miles or less if driven fast.
The Car became noticeably faster from 30,000 miles and now seems faster still, so I guess it`s getting more run in. I think many people swop them in before ever experiencing the full potential of the engine.
My big worry is it`s now out of warranty and has had more than it`s fair share of troubles including : New fly-wheel assembly at 10k, 3 cam-belts at 17k,20k & 24k, water pump and thermostat replacement at 25k as they leak, new steering rack, three new sunshine roofs as they rattle, 4 exhaust system as the brackets break off, all the inside stripped out and refitted twice (takes 2weeks) as it creaked. 11 run-flat tyres as they puncture. Up to 30k it was a problem car but seems to have settled down apart from another mystery engine noise on start up.
The high oil use is just a penalty of a relatively high performance car. I have other cars which get thru a litre ever 150 miles if going fast so this one is good!
im guessing its just down to what you are used to. As i have had far faster cars that were highly tuned that never ever used a drop of oil. Still think this one is burning more than it should. Done roughly 6000 miles in it and so far put about 10 litres of oil in.
I have a 2002 MCS and it has been super reliable! I use Castrol Edge 0-30 best Oil in IMO! And if you drive hard it will use a considerable amount of oil. I change my oil regulary at least 2x every year. IF it smokes an uses a lot of oil I would be worried, if it doesn`t and your running temperatures are fine there really is nothing to worry about!
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if im using 20 quids worth of oll every month then if rather spend that money on a better car. When you buy a car an ask about running cost they fail to mention its gonna cost an extra 350 quid a year oil. If rather spend that on insurance on a better quality more reliable car.
My first MINI, a R50 Cooper, which I ran for 3 years / 60,000 miles, barely used a drop of oil until about 45k-50k miles. I seem to remember when driven hard it would use about 1 litre every 2k to 3k miles.
My second MINI, a R56 Cooper S, which I have run for 2.5 years now / 55,000 miles, didn't really use any oil until about 45k miles. It now drinks if I drive hard, something I have noticed over the last few months.
While yes BMW's test is 1 litre per 1,000 miles, any good dealer will recognise there could be a potential problem if using a litre per 2,000 miles, and should investigate if the car is under warranty.
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