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Hi fellow mini heads! I'm new here. I have a 2013 mini countryman SD that seems to be drinking oil like water! Abit of background on her, had it around 2 years and since we brought her it's been using oil like crazy. It's had 1 service when I first got it by us at a local garage and i myself have topped up the oil (due to being low) 3 times with 5L tubs ?. Not sure if this is normal but doesn't seem it to me. Every now and then after a very averaged 20 minutes drive being sensible when we reach our destination and turn her of it gives of this almighty fan noise and smells like burning plastic! Last around 10 minutes and gets me checking on it to see if it's turned into a pile of dust on my drive. Anyone else experiencing this? Spoke to a few people about it but seems everyone scratches there heads so thought this is the place to come. Thanks in advance ??
 

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It depends over what period of time you've been topping up the oil?

15L over 2 years and how many miles?

How many miles does the car have?

Normally cars shouldn't need more than 1litre of oil top up between changes.

Some manufacturers says it normal to burn 1litre of oil every few thousand miles.

Might be worth getting it checked out before any serious failures comes.
 

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Hi ? the car only has 36k miles onit. We got it at 28k and it's our family car so isn't used a great deal as not used for work commuting. We put it in for a service when we got it at around 28k and like previously mentioned I've put alot of oil in myself in that time. No leaks from underneath or from exhaust...
 

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By the low mileage it has, it's probaly not burning oil because of a worn out engine.

But 15litres of oil top up for 8000 miles is a bit excessive (that's if you are saying you've used 3 X 5Litres in that time).

Not normal oil consumption in my view.

When the oil was low did you check by dipstick or did the low oil light come on?

Is the coolant normal colour?

Might be a leak somewhere onto a hot surface during when the car is running and burning it off.

I would take it to a mini specialist to have a look and explain the problem.
 

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No oil warning light came on I checked via the dip stick. Checked every now and again because I know there's a issue with it. My neighbor is into his cars and a hobby of his and noticed me topping up the oil so started chatting. He had a look over it and couldn't notice anything. Said coolent looked fine and wasn't any signs on the engine cap lid. mentioned could be loosing oil through the turbo so could be on its way out? ?
 

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No oil warning light came on I checked via the dip stick. Checked every now and again because I know there's a issue with it. My neighbor is into his cars and a hobby of his and noticed me topping up the oil so started chatting. He had a look over it and couldn't notice anything. Said coolent looked fine and wasn't any signs on the engine cap lid. mentioned could be loosing oil through the turbo so could be on its way out? ?
there is a known thing with diesels with dpf filter, what happens is someone buys the car new salesman dont ask the important question ie what is car going to be used for ie many motorway miles or just to pop to the shops, so your car has a dpf filter in the exhaust the will over around 70-80k collect the soot from the engine in said filter until it gets around 70% full and the ecu detects this and starts the car in a regeneration, ie it leans up the fueling it retards the ignition to cause more heat to be built up in exhaust so in perfect world this happens every time the car is run for 45 minutes at over 3000 revs,, but if car driven like most diesels low revs grunt mpg revs this dont take place and the filter gets blocked untill its so blocked it will not clean its self,,, hmmm at this point all kinds of problems can start one is heavy oil use because the carbon that should of been burnt off is now holding piston rings in the grooves of the pistons causing oil burning and loss, its also can cause unburnt diesel due to car still trying to regen to end up in engine oil making it thin and very black and making this effect so much worst,, also this causes wear to internals of engine and timing chain,, ie the n47 bmw diesels are prone to timing chain failures linked to this effect,,,
if were my car i would change the oil every 10k max, i would 50 miles beofre oil changes put seafoam in the oil this will clean all the carbon out and free up the rings again,, the dpf filter needs a forced regen buy autocom cdp plus that will do that keeps its clear, or once a month take car for a good hours drives over 3000 revs everywhere you go,,, those engines dont use oil unless this is going on,,,
 

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Thanks Mike! It's booked In for a full service in a couple of weeks so can ask them a few questions and get them to do some checks. At least I can tell the wife it's needs a good run in sport mode for 1 hour ?
 

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Thanks Mike! It's booked In for a full service in a couple of weeks so can ask them a few questions and get them to do some checks. At least I can tell the wife it's needs a good run in sport mode for 1 hour ?
ask them to do a particulate filter reading test with diagnostics its possible to ask the ecu how full the filter is, also when last regen took place and should give a percentage of how full it is,, at 80% its full and in trouble they dont tend to come back from this point with out a forced regen or replacement, a play'd down point by car makers is that these filters are a disposable service item, ford volvo merecedes honda all put a 75.000 miles target for replacement, but thats based on a car that lives mostly on a motorway at motorway speeds as this forces them to reg, low revs around town have seen cars with 25.000 miles with blocked filters,
what you could try is this before taking car to garage for a forced regen add cataclean dpf cleaner to 1/4 tank of diesel before hand this will raise the temps even more with in the dpf filter when being forced
regen,, and half oil and filter change times and use a engine flush called seafoam 50 miles before dumping the oil (add to oil) and this keeps the carbon down with in the engine i have found,,, the joys of governments telling car makers what to add to there cars and car makers thinking ideal a reason for it to fail i some times wonder.
 
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Hi fellow mini heads! I'm new here. I have a 2013 mini countryman SD that seems to be drinking oil like water! Abit of background on her, had it around 2 years and since we brought her it's been using oil like crazy. It's had 1 service when I first got it by us at a local garage and i myself have topped up the oil (due to being low) 3 times with 5L tubs ?. Not sure if this is normal but doesn't seem it to me. Every now and then after a very averaged 20 minutes drive being sensible when we reach our destination and turn her of it gives of this almighty fan noise and smells like burning plastic! Last around 10 minutes and gets me checking on it to see if it's turned into a pile of dust on my drive. Anyone else experiencing this? Spoke to a few people about it but seems everyone scratches there heads so thought this is the place to come. Thanks in advance ??
Hey, totally aware this post is over a year old, but hoping you see my reply!
I have this EXACT problem!! With my Mini Countryman 2013! Did you ever get to the bottom of what it was, I’ve had mine to the garage and they couldn’t find anything - made me feel like I was absolutely losing the plot and your post perfectly explains what happens to my mini every now and again!
Not the oil topping up but the burning fan situation after short trips!
thanks!
 

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when fan comes on is due to the dpf trying to regen its normal,, ie ecu adds a stroke of diesel on dead strokes to burn off in the exhaust to turn it on to a furnace and burn off the soots collected every so offend, so when it does this the worst thing to do is switch it off the best thing to do is take for 40 minutes runs over 3000 revs this adds pressure to regen process and will clear the system,, reason cooling fan kicks on is to help cool the dpf process under the bonnet so get max air flow while doing this process,,, when dpf filter is new this process might not happen for a year on low miles cars on older post 50k cars happens around every 500 miles ish and less when filter is coming to end of life around 75000 miles common,
best practice is to take car for 3000 rev run once a month for over 30 minutes this will force a passive regen,, short journeys do more damage than good in long run,, link below goo reading for heads up
Diesel particulate filters | what you need to know | RAC Drive
a garage with good diagnostics car force a regen, and can read the live data on soot content and when last had regen process to check the system,, if its blocked or faulty it will end badly with engine and or turbo failure etc as soot cannot escape and needs to go somewhere ie back in to engine and destroys it, this is same with all diesels by law after 2009 all must have said filters,, but a lot of makers fitted them from 2006 anyway ie early mini diesels all had them from 2006 psa engines,
 
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