How Much Oil Do you Use?

Bernie Benz b.benz at
Wed Jan 14 23:01:13 EST 2004

> From: "Derek Pulvino" <dbpulvino at>
> I'm curious what others are seeing for oil consumption, and also what kind
> of mileage your looking at on said car.  As it is, I think I need to put in
> about a quart every 1500 miles.  ODO's at 196k.  The car doesn't leak (and
> yes Bernie, I've cleaned the engine, and regularly monitor for fresh leaks:)
> but I do get some smoke on startup in the AM's.  All signs see to point
> towards valve stem seals.
1 to 1.5 Qt/10K @ 175K mi, both the 7A and the 3B.
> Of course VW/Audi say a quart every 1500 miles is acceptable, but then I
> think they might also use that number to get out of warranty work.
Oil is cheap!  But at that high useage, no need to ever change it.  Just use
any 20/50 API SG or better oil, avoiding the syn rips.
> So curious what others are seeing.  I'm looking at a timing belt pretty
> soon, and I'm also debating on taking the head off at the same time and
> replacing valve guides and seals concurrently.  Definetly a cost benefit
> issue.  It'd take a lot of oil to balance this debit.
Right on, Derek!  No need to remove the head to replace the valve stem
seals, and the valve guide clearance can be checked when in there replacing
the seals.  Oil is cheap, DFI if IAB!

> Derek P
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