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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Jul 9th, 2011, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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Excessive Oil consumption

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My son has a nice 07 plate R56 Engine Cooper s, its done 33000 Miles.........just before the warranty expired we noticed it was using a lot of oil, we queried it and the dealer ( Barons in farnborough ) said it was fine, we are not happy its using a litre every 600 miles, i had a bust up with them today especially after the last service when they filled it 1/2" past Full in the hope we wouldnt notice come the next 600 mile ( as they agreed to a 600 mile review ), now if they wont play ball i am thinking of going legal but would need some real mini / manufactureres advise first.............a litre every 600 miles cannot be right.........I forgot to say as we queried the oil consumption before the warrranty end date technically its still covered.

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I've found several posts which state that BMW's official line is that there's nothing wrong with the car unless it consumes more than one liter for every 1,000 miles. Your son's car is beyond that

Since you reported the problem before the warranty expired, the fix should still be covered.

There are lots of scary stories out there regarding R56 MCS oil consumption and engine "coking". Do some Googling if you already haven't done so.
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Hi Miniac

Have talked things over there are no leaks with the mini and no signs of blue smoke so it really is a bit odd...........

I am wondering ( bear in Mind barons at farnborough seem just that >>> Barons ) if a slightly more viscous oil or a de-coking agent might help?.......... I cant honestly see what the dealer would do sadly other than stick in 1/2" more than the full mark again so it might be best to do something ourselves, also bearing in mind it is using so much oil do we really need to keep chucking in the fully synthetic ( bearing in mind most of the additives are for extended life of the oil )
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As your engines oil consumption is greater than the BMW MINI acceptable allowance of 1 litre per every 1000 miles, and your dealer is aware of the consumption figures of both BMW MINI acceptable allowance and your actual oil consumption to mileage, you now need to ask your dealer to contact the area technical manager on your behalf, as your not happy with their actions, and yes you are fully entitled to get the area technical manager involved, he has much more say than the dealer!

And I do know of a few cases where the oil consumption has been deemed excessive by BMW MINI, and the only solution has been to replace the engine.

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Yes my Cooper S 07 plate had the same. Got to the point where the car ran out of oil on the motorway and the engine seized. Was a rather expensive warranty fix.
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