Is your car burning oil or leaking it? If it's burning oil, does it happen after the engine is warm, or in the morning right when you start it up cold.
Burning oil after the engine heats up is indicative of worn rings, which would be unusual given the mileage on your car. You can spot this by driving at night on the freeway and when someone comes up behind you with headlights on the oil smoke will show up when it's back-lit. If you get smoke when you start up the car when it's cold and the smoke goes away as the engine warms up, that would be indicative of worn valve stem seals which would be much more likely given the relatively low mileage on your car.
Can't get a straight answer? Try finding an honest independent garage and see if they ask you questions like I just did. If you're burning a quart every 1500 miles there should be some noticeable smoke.
But also look at the engine and see if there is an obvious leak, a really oily area.
Monday, July 2nd, 2007 AT 4:07 AM