Mini cooper s r53 37,000 using oil is this normal - MINI Cooper Forum
Go Back   MINI Cooper Forum > MINI Technical Forums > Maintenance & MINI Care


Maintenance & MINI Care
Find Sponsor products associated with this forum
Questions and advice on keeping your MINI in top shape, from engine oil to body wax

Mini2.com is the premier Mini Cooper Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread
  #1 (permalink)  
Old Nov 25th, 2012, 01:25 PM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 20
Local Time: 12:33 PM
United Kingdom
Mini cooper s r53 37,000 using oil is this normal

Hi

First post on here just wanting a bit of adivice I have bought an r53 cooper s in hyper blue from BMW mini dealer . Its done 37,000 miles and was serviced by them when I bought it . I decided to check my oil a month after purchasing it to find it was just registering on the dip stick and I mean just . I rang them to ask if the mechanic forgot to fill it up . I was asked how many miles I had done I told them about 1500 miles I was informed that it is normal for the r53 engine to burn this amount of oil .
Is this normal to burn 1ltr of oil every 1500-2000 miles ?? are they having a laugh .
Should I be taking it back ??
By the way no blue smoke out the back exhaust it is a bit sooty no water in the oil and no oil leaks I am aware of , it also runs smooth .

Thanks

leedslad
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2 (permalink)  
Old Nov 25th, 2012, 01:41 PM
Dermottdog's Avatar
MINI2 Regular
Offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Kent
Posts: 228
Local Time: 12:33 PM
United Kingdom Male
My old R56 MCS was using oil too. I learnt to accept it. Dealer said it was normal for my turbo engine to 'use ' a litre per 1K miles.
There are many posts on here regarding oil usage, although most of it seems to be my model and not yours.
I used to check my oil level on a weekly basis (and still do).
You need to make your dealer aware that you want it recorded on their system.
Reply With Quote
Thanks for this post from:
  #3 (permalink)  
Old Nov 25th, 2012, 03:04 PM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Cincinnati Ohio
Posts: 5
Local Time: 07:33 AM
United States Male
One data point on oil consumption is not enough, unless it was YOU who last checked it. That mechanic isn't going to tell you he goofed it. Also, did you check on a very level plane, and allow 5 mins for oil to drain back into the sump? I always change my own oil, because then I know it was done right. I pre-fill the filter to avoid a wrong reading there, and still double check after running a minute or so.
Any new-ish engine using a litre of oil per 1000 miles doesn't sound normal, or acceptable to me. You would need to carry an oil bottle everywhere..!
Reply With Quote
Thanks for this post from:
  #4 (permalink)  
Old Nov 25th, 2012, 04:19 PM
MINI2 Premium Member
MINI2 Master
Online
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 3,029
Local Time: 12:33 PM
United Kingdom Male
The driver should be checking the engine oil level weekly anyway and keeping it topped up, some seem to think it goes between services without the need to lift the bonnet, this could be 19000 miles or a whole year.
A brand new engine can use more oil until its bedded in, thats why you have the running in period, run it in carefully and it will last and the oil consumption should then reduce, not running it in and using the full performance from the word go you risk ending up with an engine that never beds in properly. Unless youve had the car from new you never know how the car was treated during its first couple of thousand miles.
Reply With Quote
Thanks for this post from:
  #5 (permalink)  
Old Nov 25th, 2012, 07:14 PM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 20
Local Time: 12:33 PM
United Kingdom
Topped up now

Right I have topped the oil up it has taken just under a litre so I wil see how I go .
How much oil should the average r53 mini be using ? I know all use different amounts but is there an average .

From reading other threads on this it appears I am doing well if im getting 2K between a litre of oil .

Thanks for your replys
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old Nov 25th, 2012, 08:31 PM
Dermottdog's Avatar
MINI2 Regular
Offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Kent
Posts: 228
Local Time: 12:33 PM
United Kingdom Male
It varies. I drove to Devon and back. My oil was topped up to the full mark before I left London/Kent. It was quite a bit down when I checked it when I got back a week later. I carried a litre of oil in the boot at all times. Some weeks were worse than others. With my new car, I am not using so much and therefore keep the oil in the garage. As others have said, check it on a weekly basis and email your dealer to document the oil usage. You then have a copy if it starts to become ridiculously thirsty for oil.
Reply With Quote
Thanks for this post from:
  #7 (permalink)  
Old Nov 25th, 2012, 09:00 PM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 20
Local Time: 12:33 PM
United Kingdom
Quote: Originally Posted by Dermottdog (original)
It varies. I drove to Devon and back. My oil was topped up to the full mark before I left London/Kent. It was quite a bit down when I checked it when I got back a week later. I carried a litre of oil in the boot at all times. Some weeks were worse than others. With my new car, I am not using so much and therefore keep the oil in the garage. As others have said, check it on a weekly basis and email your dealer to document the oil usage. You then have a copy if it starts to become ridiculously thirsty for oil.

Did you complain ? mine is still under warranty only had it couple of months so far I havnt had much luck power steering failed then cam tensioner went on me sounded worse than it was .
Dont know to go back and create with them . i love the car and I hate to moan just want it to run right and I know deep down I shouldnt be having to be topping it up this much
Im off back !!
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old Nov 26th, 2012, 07:52 PM
MINI2 Regular
Offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 167
Local Time: 12:33 PM
United Kingdom
England Love hate

Quote: Originally Posted by leedslad (original)
Did you complain ? mine is still under warranty only had it couple of months so far I havnt had much luck power steering failed then cam tensioner went on me sounded worse than it was .
Dont know to go back and create with them . i love the car and I hate to moan just want it to run right and I know deep down I shouldnt be having to be topping it up this much
Im off back !!

I've got a Countryman & a MCS. Love to drive the cars but **** poor reliability ruins it. Wont be purchasing another Mini & will for ever steer people away from a manufacturer who sells cars with intrinsic faults that they loath to repair unless your paying for it.

Love my cars, hate my cars, must have been women in a past life
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old Feb 4th, 2013, 08:10 PM
RickB's Avatar
MINI2 Master
Offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 778
Local Time: 11:33 AM
United States View RickB's Dark Silver & Black 1st Gen MINI Cooper S Profile
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."
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old Feb 4th, 2013, 09:28 PM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 32
Local Time: 11:33 AM
United Kingdom
mine has lost nearly all its oil in about a month but pretty sure its a leak
once its sorted i will be keeping an eye on it.
will also be trying some oil leak stop to see if it helps.
Reply With Quote
  #11 (permalink)  
Old Feb 4th, 2013, 09:40 PM
MINI2 Regular
Offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 87
Local Time: 11:33 AM
We have two MCS's both from new one a convertible the other an All4 Countryman auto. Only used one litre of oil from new, the Countryman has covered 5,500 miles and is 6 months old the convertible is 10 months old and 2,500 miles covered. Both cars were driven carefully as per the user manual.


Sent from AutoGuide.com App
Reply With Quote
  #12 (permalink)  
Old Feb 4th, 2013, 10:26 PM
Caveman's Avatar
MINI2 Master
Offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Stone Age
Posts: 2,102
Local Time: 01:33 PM
Estonia Male View Caveman's Classified Ads
Quote: Originally Posted by RickB (original)
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.

Initial Oil Service for an R53 was at approximately 10K, then at approximately 15K intervals. I think service intervals are even longer for the R56.
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

» Hot Topics This Week
Naming your MINI? - (77 replies)
Power Steering Pump DIY - (53 replies)
Ok so who has ordered an F56 MCS? - (46 replies)
New Online Magazine for Track Day Enthusiasts - (24 replies)
Standard radio plays MP3? - (21 replies)
» Recent Threads
New to mini and forum - oil leak advice please!
Today 11:27 AM
by phil_w
Last post by phil_w
Today 11:27 AM
0 Replies, 1 Views
Durable car covers for your Mini Cooper
Today 10:19 AM
by CARiD
Last post by whaap
Today 11:20 AM
2 Replies, 18 Views
Making a grunt sound
Yesterday 08:59 PM
by Oneboat
Last post by The Nun
Today 10:01 AM
1 Replies, 141 Views
Trustworthy Knowlegeable Dublin mechanic
Today 09:45 AM
Last post by fourmations
Today 09:45 AM
0 Replies, 17 Views
New Owner - 2007 MCS (+JCW Kit)
Sep 10th, 2014 08:39 AM
Last post by JustinKarlooten
Today 09:40 AM
2 Replies, 315 Views
Were these rims worth it?
Sep 3rd, 2014 08:17 PM
Last post by JustinKarlooten
Today 09:36 AM
7 Replies, 685 Views
De Chrome?
Jan 23rd, 2012 10:07 AM
Last post by Johnboy429
Today 05:58 AM
18 Replies, 9,478 Views
New Online Magazine for Track Day Enthusiasts
Apr 14th, 2014 12:56 AM
Last post by AutoTrackDay
Today 01:54 AM
24 Replies, 3,840 Views
Advices In Buying An Used Mini Cooper
Yesterday 09:54 PM
Last post by freddie_mclair
Yesterday 09:54 PM
0 Replies, 142 Views
Which car would you choose?
Yesterday 12:31 PM
by iSysman
Last post by iSysman
Yesterday 06:46 PM
3 Replies, 229 Views
Stephen James, Enfield
Yesterday 06:32 PM
Last post by Fuzionuk
Yesterday 06:32 PM
0 Replies, 125 Views
TOTALLY BIZARRE! Help needed
Sep 15th, 2014 09:17 PM
by Whale
Last post by Whale
Yesterday 03:09 PM
6 Replies, 376 Views
2014 MINI Cooper vs Ford Fiesta 1.0L
Jun 24th, 2014 02:41 PM
Last post by minifan90
Yesterday 10:11 AM
5 Replies, 2,713 Views
Worldwide MINI Sales See Best July Ever in 2014
Aug 26th, 2014 05:40 PM
by mab01uk
Last post by minifan90
Yesterday 09:25 AM
1 Replies, 501 Views
09 mini rear brake pad replacement
Sep 7th, 2014 07:02 PM
Last post by Hazel Green
Yesterday 08:05 AM
3 Replies, 510 Views
Front bumper paint blistering
Dec 30th, 2012 09:46 PM
Last post by The Nun
Yesterday 07:18 AM
6 Replies, 1,174 Views
No bite or stopping power after upgrade ebc
Yesterday 04:38 AM
Last post by The Nun
Yesterday 06:59 AM
1 Replies, 199 Views
$145 @ Autoclub Speedway (California Speedway) INFIELD ROAD COURSE September 20-21,
Sep 9th, 2014 08:13 AM
by harvie
Last post by harvie
Yesterday 01:35 AM
1 Replies, 710 Views
Calibre Vintage 17 x 8
Sep 11th, 2014 06:40 PM
Last post by marque
Sep 15th, 2014 10:18 PM
7 Replies, 552 Views
What sort of engine do i have ??
Sep 14th, 2014 09:58 PM
Last post by Minimissionone
Sep 15th, 2014 09:15 PM
2 Replies, 379 Views
» Premium
» Auto Insurance
Wheel & Tire Center

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.1

All times are GMT. The time now is 11:33 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.3.2