Okay, don't panic. First, if there is oil in the exhaust, you would be getting blue smoke from the exhaust system when you have the engine running. Is that happening? Next, it is very common for a black sootie water to come out of the exhaust when it is started after sitting. Condensation developes in the system and then when you start it, water comes out. That mixed with carbon in the exhaust turns it black. The original oil level concers me, but someone may have left it get low. Keep an eye on it. Finally, if the check engine light is on, that means there is a trouble code stored in the computer. You need a scanner to reteive it. Since you don't have your lincense, you can't drive it to a parts store where they will scan it for free. So you need to call around the parts stores to see if they will lend you one. It plugs in inside the car and communicates with the car's computer. From that, you will get a trouble code that will identify why the light is on and where the problem is coming from.
I hope this helps you. Let me know if you have other questions.
Monday, September 26th, 2011 AT 3:39 AM