I have a 2001 A4 Quatro 2.8. I bought it new and and it burns 1Qt oil/3000 miles since new. It now has 77,000 miles on it and is running fine otherwise.
I have never owned a vehicle that burned any oil between 3000/ mile oil changes. Some have had 150K plus miles.
I have called every Audi Dealership in my area and they all say the this engine " uses" oil and that my consumption rate is actually low for that engine. I love this car and plan on keeping it for a while and don't plan on having to replace an engine anytime soon.
Sould I be worrying? Any Audi Technical Service Bullitins on the 2.8?
Well those engines have a high oil consuption (some of them are even worse) don t worry about it just be carefull on the oil level and the schedule maintenance.
Here the service bulletins: Bulletins for 2001 Audi A4 2.8 Quattro Sedan V6-2771cc 2.8L DOHC (ATQ)
Audio System - Radio Code Retrieval
Lighting - Moisture Accumulation in Headlamps
Audio System - Radio Inoperative After Replacement
Fuel System - Idle Fluctuates or is Too Low
Instruments - Cluster/Illumination Configurations
Battery - Correct Din Specification Necessity
A/C - Fresh Air Control Lever Light Inoperative
Oil Cooler Hoses - Coolant Leak
Deployed Air Bag - Repair Warning
Navigation System - CD Release Versions/Usage
Engine - Hesitation/Lack of Power On Take Off
Rear Lid - Difficult to Open and Close or Sticks
Alloy Wheels - Cleaning
Paint - Swirl Mark/Fine Scratch Reduction
Airbag/Pyrotechnic Seatbelt - Deployment Inquiries
Child Restraint - Anchor Installation/Retrofitting
Engine - Cranks But Won't Start
Radio - Connector Replacement
Self Leveling System - Inoperative/Lamp ON/DTC's Set
Cellular Phone - Technical Support Helpline
Navigation System - Incorrect Distance Readings
Underbody Plugs - Wind Noise
Remote Transmitter - Intermittently Inoperative
Engine - Oil Capacity Chart
Vehicle - Fluid Capacity Chart
Maintenance - Schedule
Cell Phone - Serial Number Recording
Paint - Matte Finish Precautions
VIN Plate/Certification Label - Ordering Procedure
Radio - Removal & Installation Procedure
Warranty Claims - Conditions Requiring OTS Contact
Interior - Cleaning Tips
Leather Upholstery - Cleaning Procedures
Oxygen Sensor - Verifying Connections After Repairs
Windshield - Stress Crack/Distortion Survey
November, 14, 2007 AT 8:26 PM
1qt. In 3K miles would be within what the manufacturer considers normal. Having said that I feel your concern and when I tell my BMW customers that BMW considers 1.5qts in 1000 miles normal, I am greeted with less than a happy customer. I might suggest switching to a heavier viscosity lubricant and/or a different brand and see if that helps.