Oil usage

Asked by Jan 11, 2019 at 02:29 PM about the 2013 Audi Q5 2.0T quattro Premium AWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Have a very well maintained 2013 Audi Q-5 - All service completed by Audi and all recalls have been completed.  Today took my audi for another recall (cooling system) - while there we inquired about having to add a quart of oil every a month or so -  we park the vehicle in the garage and there is no sign of  a leak.  The response was frightening - he said that if we have to continue to add oil every 200 - 300 miles we may want to think about trading it in or pay $7000 for a rebuild.  We are retired and purchase an Audi thinking if wee took excellent care, it would be our last auto purchase.

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The oil has to be going somewhere, and a quart in 300 miles is VERY excessive. If there are no leaks, it's being burned in the combustion process, and if it's this severe, I'm sure you've seen a lot of black smoke pouring out your exhaust, unless you have a neighbor who REALLY doesn't like you..... First, check your oil consumption thoroughly, weekly or even daily, while keeping an eye on the exhaust color. If consumption is high, have a compression test done to find out where it's leaking and why. When you have these answers, you can decide if you want to repair/rebuild, or replace the engine with another used one. Or you might want to get another car.

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I would press Audi for a new engine but they will probably tell you to pound sand. You may be able to use a heavier weight oil to reduce the problem should you keep the car. An Audi is a very poor choice for a retirement car if you have limited means.

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Our 2013 Q5 has oil consumption issue at 67,111 miles ( About 1 quart every 800 miles) . Extended warranty company refuses to cover Oil Consumption so our service advisor reached out to Audi and they will repair it for $2100. I guess they are supplying the parts and we're covering the Labor. We're only doing this because we just put in brakes, and CV Joints for about $4000. Also motor mounts went but extended warranty company covered that. After reading some posts we will be looking for new SUV before something more major goes wrong. We only have about 2800 more miles to goes on a very inadequate mileage limit of 70,000 miles. Disappointing.


Audi's are dream cars that occasionally turn into nightmares, and it looks like you got one of those. I'd recommend you do as you said. When the car is fixed, you may elect to keep it; about the only other major things that could go wrong after this are transmission and computer. Or sell it and buy something MORE reliable..... List: Lexus, Toyota, Honda, and maybe Acura. My wife has a 2016 Mazda CX-5 that she loves and I've found that it's virtually trouble-free. I've also found the Jaguar F-pace to be one of the better SUV's, and now there's the I-Pace that I'm considering for my next car. I currently have a Bentley Bentayga that I really wish I'd never seen. Somebody ran into the back, not too bad, but it's been in the shop for three months and they gave me a Tesla X: Yuck.

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I have a Lexus Nx200t that I like. CX 5 would also now be on the list now that it has a 250hp engine available. BMW X3 could also be on the list but haven't researched their issues. My Brother in law had a 660 sport coupe and he got rid of it after 2 years because of the same 1 quart every 1000 miles issue. I guess you can't get everything for $80K anymore.


In late 2014, my wife wanted a Toyota RAV-4, but I thought it seemed cheap and underpowered. Suddenly, Lexus came out with the NX and we nearly bought an NX200 Sport. Then in February 2015, Mazda released the 2016 CX-5 and I hurried to buy a GT before TrueCar could calculate the numbers for it. Had we waited another month, it would have cost us an additional $1.200.... It does seem that you can't have everything for $80,000, but you can come really close for $30,000.

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