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    Does your Z8 burn oil?

    Hi All,

    I have a 2001 Silver/Black Z8 with a tad over 20000 miles. I've been putting about 3k miles a year on it, just weekend driving. The last two years, it's been burning a quart of oil every 3k miles or so (so I add a quart once a year). Is this typical? I don't drive the car very hard.

    Thanks,
    Mark

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    The S62 motor is an bit of an oil burner, some units more than others, so that doesn't sound outside the realms of normality. The earlier cars had a slightly different rings & liners if my memory is correct. BMW made a bunch of changes in 01 including VANOS, and cylinder linings, as well as changing the required/recommended oil, and this lowered oil consumption on the later cars.
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    Mine was pretty "Thirsty" the first year or two,

    but seems to have quieted down (26k mi now)

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    Mark,

    a quart per 3k miles is close to nothing, and certainly normal consumption.
    Depending on how you drive the engine, you may need to feel up up to a quart each 700 miles (~1,000 kms).

    Also, it is typical that the engine consumes a bit of oil during its run in period, and it very often needs less afterwards.

    Nothing to worry about other than driving only 3 k miles in 6 years, compared to the 50,000 miles that I crossed this week after driving it for 4.5 years. You missed a lot of fun.
    Last edited by dwz8; April 5th 2007 at 05:42.
    Best regards, Dieter

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    Thanks for the responses everyone. And yes, I think I've been a little lax in how much I've been driving.

    The Z8 was my first convertible and first sports car. And even after owning it several years now, it still brings an a huge grin to my face every time I drive it.


    Mark