mini oil comsumption problems!!!!

Old 09-12-2018, 12:12 AM
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mini oil comsumption problems!!!!

My mini 2008 with 82k miles burning oil(adding oil weekly), brought it to dealer and told this is common and that the solution would be to replace engine or get a new car!! unacceptable answer from service manager.

Has anyone else experience this problem with their Mini?
Old 09-12-2018, 03:42 AM
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Based on the forum this is posted in, have you tried
changing the presets on the radio?
Can’t hurt.
Old 09-13-2018, 06:04 AM
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Lmao Cristo!!

Are you seeing black spots on your rear bumper, or oil leaks down below?
Old 09-13-2018, 09:19 AM
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Similar issue with a non MINI, I just used cheapest oil I could find until i traded in the car for something better.

As mentioned posting in Audio section is wrong place, can be confusing on first post.
Old 09-13-2018, 09:25 AM
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Every 2nd gen MINI owner has oil "consumption" problems (especially your year MINI) it's a known issue and the reason I went for the more "reliable" N18 equipped MINI. The N14 engine is garbage, and the N18, though better, still uses oil. I add about a 1/4 qt. of oil every other fill up.
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Sometimes, excessive oil consumption is caused by a faulty PCV valve. Unfortunately the MINI's PCV valves are in the head cover and a MINI sourced cover is expensive. I've read that people have had good luck with Chinese knock offs purchased from E-bay.
Old 09-13-2018, 03:58 PM
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Mini likes to recommend expensive, super thin oil for their hot AF turbo engines. High temps cause the oil additives to break down and atomize/vaporize out of the blend. Using a 40 synthetic oil, you will notice you dont lose as much oil during normal driving intervals. As well - avoid driving until your engine is warmed up! Blow-by occurs often at cold start and low temps where the rings/pistons havent expanded/sealed fully. Do yourself a favor and immediately stop using 20 and 30 weight oil if your having high consumption issues.

*change your oil 3-5k mi intervals
*use a 40 weight if your consuming a lot
*warm it up and cool it down properly
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My mini 2008 with 82k miles burning oil(adding oil weekly), brought it to dealer and told this is common and that the solution would be to replace engine or get a new car!! unacceptable answer from service manager.
Service manager gave you the “go away and stop bothering me” answer. There are lots of ways that engine can consume oil. Main crankshaft bearing seal is a common enough one, as is the valve cover gasket. Both are expensive in labor but a far cry from requiring a new engine.

The service manager doesn’t want to deal with your car. Find an independent German auto specialist that does BMWs and have them inspect it. Expect to find other issues as well; the MINI is at the age that a lot of stuff wears out. (If you’re already on top of this, never mind!)
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Next to a compression test, you can have a cilinder leak test done to get some insight in the state of the piston rings.

You could look for PSA(Peugeot/Citroën) parts which are cheaper than Mini / BMW parts (HPFP, valve cover).
PSA sells the PCV valve separately for 10 USD or so. No need to replace the entIre cover if it's not cracked or warped).

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