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Old 11-27-2019, 09:19 AM   #29
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Dealer did a full inspection, I made it very clear it was consuming oil they said there's nothing visable even under the car. I have looked all over the engine bay, even cam plate area because I even heard there was a tsb for it.
My experience with dealers and fault isolation, dealers seem like they respond better to symptoms, not "possible solutions we researched through the forums ." In my line of work in the aircraft world, when a customer states there's a problem and we can't replicate that problem, we call it "no fault found" and end up replacing whatever the customer claims is wrong. It's a quick way for the dealer to earn a profit and a quick way for you to spend money that doesn't need to be spent yet.


Everyday I am learning how to better explain my symptoms (what the weather was like, temperature, raining, super hot out mid-day, cold morning commute). Was I driving normal, or carving the twisties? This only strengthens my relation with my dealer. They are car people too, believe it or not.
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Thanks for all the good info, thought I'd give an update. So when I took my car in for valve spring recall it turns out my cam carriers were leaking, dealer wanted to charge 900 to fix, I had them contact my third party warranty company where they ended up charging them little over 2k. Are leaky cam carriers common?

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Old 11-27-2019, 03:18 PM   #32
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just to toss my experience in here, my '13 FRS as over 80k on the clock and does not need any oil between oil changes. However, Im running 0w-40 mobil 1 and I change my oil around 3,000-4,000 miles or earlier if I feel like it.
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First of all, no amount of oil consumption is considered "normal". Well I suppose every engine has some oil consumption, but it should be largely negligible. This is the year 2020 and no automotive company would ever tell the EPA oil consumption is "normal" lol and this has been the case for a while. Except maybe Mazda with their shit RX-8....That being said, many cars do burn oil and it seems to be common with Subaru boxer motors. My car has over a 100k miles and doesn't seem to burn any oil. I check it every couple thousand miles and do an oil change every 7k miles. I have NEVER had to add any oil except for occasional times when I do an oil change and didn't add enough oil to begin with. I have an auto which is in sport mode literally 100% of the time and I drive quite aggressive. I also run the recommended 0W20 which is thin and perhaps more likely to blow-by than thicker oils. If you are ever in a situation where you are under warranty with a car burning oil, I would make the dealer rectify that...
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