How much oil consumption is ok?

Asked by Oct 18, 2016 at 09:16 AM about the 2011 Toyota Avalon Limited

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I want to buy 2011 Avalon with 98K miles. Owner says it burns between 1/4
and 1/2 quart reg oil in 5000 miles. I have been reading other questions about
PCV valve and air filter replacements...will that do it? Change to synthetic oil?
Car is at questionable dealership-couldn't trust them with answers. Carfax
shows regular oil changes at 5000+ or -.

2 Answers

119,735

The bottom line is don't buy the car, it's a car that's only 5 years old and is burning that much oil. A car really shouldn't burn or use that much oil/ http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2015/06/excessive-oil-consumption/index.htm

104,125

A 1/2 quart in 5,000 miles is nothing. New cars can use more than that. How would the dealer know how much oil it uses?

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