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2. ...What if you are burning oil, then what? At your rate, you would run out or very low on oil by the time you reach 7,500 miles!
3. ...Can't really put my finger on the reasoning other than most of the time the owner can't provide accurate maintenance records or too long between oil changes, etc. ...
If it makes you feel any better, my 2004 Murano with 129k miles does burn some extra little oil i've noticed. But I do my oil changes at 3,750 miles and from what i've found, im burning about half a quart every 1,200-1,500 miles ...
The ~3 quarts lost oil in 6,500 miles did create a big problem for me – according to my mechanic, low oil pressure messed up timing, and led to Service Engine Soon light on. During the 2 days the SES light was on, I also heard small metal parts making noises during acceleration within only the first 3 min. after cold start in the morning. The noises went away after new oil change.
|Bad maintenance can’t explain my case. I had Nissan Gold Service Contract since bought new till ~75K miles (including synthetic oil change per 3,750 miles). After that, I did oil change with Mobil One every 4,000 miles except this last change I stretched it to 6,500 miles.|
There are some danger signs in what you wrote.
1) You didn't check your oil in 6500 miles? That's how I interpret your first sentence. This is never a good idea.
...and now you know that you made a big mistake. All it takes is once. My comment is that this IS due to poor maintenance - yours. You neglected to get the oil changed and didn't even check the oil level. There's nowhere else to point the finger. Nothing personal, but since you screwed it up, 'fess up.
2) The SEL light staying on for two days is worth checking. I can't say I blame you for not going into panic mode and dropping everything to have it checked - I would not have either. But I would have made an appointment for a shop to check it.
3) When you hear odd noises from the engine, I think you would now agree that checking the oil level is a very, very good idea.
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