Originally Posted by Squadrone Rosso
The petrols don't use oil unless there's a problem.
Any same grade oil will be fine but to monitor useage carefully.
In fact, Alfa petrol engines do indeed use more oil than most cars.
My 2.2 JTS Spider owners manual advises that oil consumption up to 400g/1000km is normal. That's quite a bit compared with other cars I've owned, even big American V-8 powered SUVs.
Over the years I have owned a number of Honda automobiles and none of them ever required topping up between oil changes.
My Alfa doesn't use excessive oil, but it uses enough so that an inattentive owner could get in trouble by ignoring the oil quantity.
Cost isn't to be ignored either. Based on the cost of fuel and oil here in Italy, "normal" oil consumption will add roughly 5% to my fuel bill. By the way, I consider the electronic oil quantity indicator an interesting gimmick. I rely on the dip stick to tell me the truth.
Oddly enough, my Alfa owners recommends that I check my windshield wiper wear and coolant level every 1000km but it advises me to check oil level only every 3000km. Based on what Alfa considers "normal" consumption, that could easily put me 1.2 liters low between checks.
I don't like to operate any engine more than a liter low on oil, so I check my oil more frequently than every 3000km. I pay less attention to my windshield wiper wear though. Does that make me an irresponsible Alfa owner?