I have read a significant amount of posts on BMWs excessively using oil but did not see a response that clearly fit, so I thought it worthwhile to post this question. If it has been answered, a link to the post would be appreciated. The car is a 2004 325xi with 140K. Oil light started coming on with concomitant oil consumption. Adding oil would cause the light to go off for awhile. Dealer replaced valve cover gasket as a first run at the problem; some minor improvement. Next the oil separator was replaced; again minimal change. Now the car was checked and the worksheet indicated the following: "found rings not freed up-may need engine. Technician would need further diagnosis time to dissemble motor. Possible vehicle will need motor replaced."
The dealer said he could get a new motor for 7K plus I am sure installation will be pricy. Meanwhile the car runs fine but is using lots of oil. Any other less expensive fix suggestions would be really appreciated. At 140K replacing the engine seems stupid. Also, if it is running fine what is the downside to just pouring oil into it for the forseeable future. Fixes, suggestions, ideas? THANKS!
have the same problem?
Monday, January 4th, 2010 AT 7:18 PM