Uses a lot of oil

Tiny
ULTRARUNNER164
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  • 2002 HONDA CRV
  • 2.4L
  • 4 CYL
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 200,000 MILES
I bought car used six years ago with 48,000 miles. It used one quart per 1,000 miles.
It has gone down over the miles and now at 200,000 it uses about one quart every 400 miles.
It also gets black pretty quickly after an oil change.
I have heard that some 2002 to 2005' four cylinders had "bad rings" in them. Recently the engine light came on and it is related to an 02 sensor. My mechanic tells me that it is a result of the oil consumption and that he will not replace the sensor as it will just go bad again. He advised to either keep putting in oil until something major goes bad (spins a bearing or some other catastrophic issue) or sell the vehicle. He advised using 10w-40 rather than the factory recommendation of the 5w-20 to slow down consumption.
I would like to keep the vehicle as it was expensive and other than excessive oil consumption is a good vehicle.
Oil is cheap and if it fouls plugs, I can replace them for $30.00.
Is there a predictable decline in this type situation? I just bought new tires so would like to get another couple of years out of the car and it is great in Minnesota winters.
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Friday, October 19th, 2018 AT 10:08 AM

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Tiny
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I just looked at about fifteen 2002 CRVs at Autotrader, most were for sale at about $6,500.00 in acceptable condition.

A crated remanufactured engine from an auto store is around $3,800.00 (figure, at minimum, $1500+ to change it out, depending on location and luck).

Having yours rebuilt would probably be cheaper, but not phenomenally.

Eventually, it is going to come down to fixing it, or dumping it into someone else's lap.

I weigh out this kind of situation like this:

Is this my baby?

Or

Is this a disposable machine?

Your heart or your wallet will guide you.

Let us know how it turns out.

The Medic
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Friday, October 19th, 2018 AT 9:31 PM
Tiny
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Thanks, I think I will drive it until it is not driveable. What will happen and how long will it take? Will I just need to add more and more oil? Or will it foul plugs very quickly? I am up to one quart per 400 miles. I have new tires on it and would like to wear them out. Can I get another 20,000 miles out of this CR-V? Any information on what to expect and how long is appreciated. I guess I could donate it at some point. I will not sell it without disclosing the problem.
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Monday, October 22nd, 2018 AT 6:03 AM
Tiny
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If you are going to drive it until it is done.

Yes, keep the oil in it, if need be, clean or replace the plugs.

I am assuming it is a smoker too?

Before I rebuilt my 1946 Willy's Jeep flat head four cylinder engine, it lacked some power and it used one quart every seven miles.

At the time, I had to drive it to work (about four miles each way). Any other elective driving was costing me a pretty penny in cases of oil!

I was one monster smoke screen, but still running!

Sorry, I cannot begin to offer you an expiration date on your vehicle!

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Monday, October 22nd, 2018 AT 5:51 PM

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