You may on occasion ask yourself just exactly how much wood can a woodchuck chuck, and every once in a while I bet you question who it was that put the bomp in the bomp-shu-bomp, shu-bomp, but when was the last time you asked yourself just how much oil should my brand new engine use?
In discussion with a couple of my friends it has come to light that a number of their newish rides require topping up the oil, something I thought only happened with old cars whose owners hoped that Marvel Miracle Oil really is miraculous. I can attest to the new-car needing oil issue myself as the wife once had a 2001 Jetta that used quart about every 1,000 miles. That was an alarming rate to us, but seemed perfectly normal to the VW tech at the dealer, who gave us the standard line that they all do that.
Since dumping the Jetta, we have moved on to cars that seem to be tea-totalers, never using a drop between changes, and that has made me wonder if it’s a manufacturer thing. In my mind, a new engine shouldn’t use oil. Hell, I have 135,000 miles on my daily driver, and it still doesn’t use any oil. And yet, my buddies have been requiring a quart here or there, and again, the dealer says it’s no big deal. What do you think, is it a big deal? Do you think it’s okay for a newish engine to use any significant amount of oil? More importantly, is it okay for the maker and dealer to claim that’s not a problem?