I've had my R53 since new, September '02, and I'm nearing 90k miles on the odo. Initially, I saw no signs of consumption between oil changes, but now I probably add a half-liter per year.
Am I dreaming, or was the recommended oil change interval originally 25k miles? I saw that it was recently changed, for newer MINIs, to 10k, but swear I went over two years without an oil change (I know, I know . . .), and even then, the service light wasn't on yet.
"I'll shoot for the queen, and you for, well, whomever."