My lil ole 1.8 litre 8v TS has about 170,000km on the clock and I'm finding it's comsuming engine oil at the rate of about a litre every 1000km.
Is this normal? I'm using Castrol GTX 15W/40 mineral engine oil and I DO know that some engines consume oil even when new- check out the VW New Beetle owner's handbook- that thing comsumes oil at the same rate as my engine when it's brand new!!
Or should I be saving up the pennies for an overhaul?
On the bright side I just came off a 360 kilometer highway run driven at a constant 110 km/h (except for a 20 minute-ish run at 180 km/h) and I got a little over 39mpg.
Is THAT normal?
Check it out.... I filled the tank to the brim and then drove it 277.8km and then filled it to the brim again and that took exactly 27 Malaysian dollars (RM6.33 = £1.00) and petrol out here is RM1.35 per litre.
Everything out here is metric but I still think in terms of miles and gallons which makes things a bit of a bugger. If anybody can be bothered to check out my calculations I'd be very glad.
39mpg does sound rather too good to be true. Would have hit 40mpg if it wasn't for that 180km/h run.
My 2.0 16v has used about 1 litre/1000m since I got it 100k miles ago (it now has 120k on the clock). I recently changed to Selenia HPX oil as supplied by your Alfa dealer "for higher mileage engines", the oil consumption had dramatically reduced. It seems that all engines in the Fiat group are a little 'loose' and work best on oil of slightly higher viscousity.
My Fiat coupe 20V turbo used quite a lot of Mobil 1 synthetic (as put in by fiat at the service), I got it serviced at L&M and they put in Selenia 'Racing', again oil consumption was much reduced. Will be using that from now on.
Forgot to add. The state of tune of the engine is best indicated by the colour of the spark plugs after a long run. , not the tail pipe They should be a mid brown colour. Black indicate too rich, white too lean, 'wet' burning oil.
Modern Cat controlled cars shouldn't allow a rich/lean mixture unless something is wrong...
I was in Malaysia once and it was blinkin' roasting.
I'd check that Alfa recommends a 10W/40 for use in that climate. 10W40 is the recomended grade for the UK so even though the Malaysian heat may be within that grade's operating range, I'd guess a 15W/50 or 20W/50 may be the preferred grade out there.
It wouldn't hurt, in any event - no frosty winter morning starts to cope with out there, I bet.
Best book that 164 and dump the 155 while the going's good. Don't intend to overhaul that engine and it DOES take more than 2.5 litres per 1000km if I drive it hard enough to take advantage of the torque it has to offer above 4000 rpm.
my 2.0 16v consumes about 2 litres for 1000km
i'm using 10w60 castrol rs formula
in car i smell burning oil, also when accelerating strong there is a balck smoke, also when raducing gears ;(, 1000km after changing oil, it is black, not honey.
so what could be the problem ?
Hi , well 1 litre per 1000 km seems high , as far as i know the max consumption should be .4 litres every 1000km,so if it,s not leaking it must be drinking it.as everyone else has also said try a different oil and see what happens.however at your milage it,s bound to use a bit more. i find that the 4 cylinder engines are always higher on oil consumption than the 6 cylinder ones, does anybody else have experience of this?
I've had kwik-fit "stick in" 6.7litres of fully syth (and a coopers oil filter) in my 105.000mile 75 3.0 litre and its used 0.3 litre since last October, and this I believe is through leakage - it has actually used less the semi I had before.
Your (car) oil consumption does appear high, is it blowing any smoke?
I always got the idea that it was new engines that used a bit more oil, until they're 'run in'. My 1.8 16v hardly uses a drop. However, my wife's 156 2.0 16v has gone from the top mark to the bottom in just over 1k miles! I think we'll really have to keep our eye on that!