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Acura with the 3.5L, what is "excessive oil consumption"? #5456824 06/18/20 10:53 AM
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Would an Acura with a 3.5 V6 that burns a quart of oil every 500 miles be considered "excessive"?

Mileage is 180k.

What say you?

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Re: Acura with the 3.5L, what is "excessive oil consumption"? [Re: Tyson] #5456831 06/18/20 11:03 AM
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With that many miles you shouldn't expect it to work like new. Visible oil smoke is where I would consider it a problem.

Re: Acura with the 3.5L, what is "excessive oil consumption"? [Re: Tyson] #5456835 06/18/20 11:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Tyson
Would an Acura with a 3.5 V6 that burns a quart of oil every 500 miles be considered "excessive"?

Mileage is 180k.

What say you?


Yes, that is excessive. Have you tried a high viscosity oil? Acura states that a quart per 1000 miles is the limit for warranty service. The out of warranty limit is what you are willing to tolerate.

A number of Acura owners have had success with an oil like Mobil 1, 5W-40 TDT. A robust synthetic oil with a high HTHS.

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Re: Acura with the 3.5L, what is "excessive oil consumption"? [Re: Tyson] #5456836 06/18/20 11:08 AM
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Excessive yes, unexpected based on the mileage..no.


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Re: Acura with the 3.5L, what is "excessive oil consumption"? [Re: Tyson] #5456838 06/18/20 11:09 AM
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I remember seeing an industry standard that mentions where one quart every 500 or 700 miles is considered excessive. At that point the engine needs to be repaired. I'm guessing it's due to excessive engine or converter fouling.

Re: Acura with the 3.5L, what is "excessive oil consumption"? [Re: Tyson] #5456856 06/18/20 11:22 AM
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Honda extended the warranty on some of these to 8 yrs 125k miles whichever comes first for excessive oil consumption. So kind of a known problem. I think someone on here had the recall done but it started using oil again so he traded it in for a Lexus.

Re: Acura with the 3.5L, what is "excessive oil consumption"? [Re: Tyson] #5456857 06/18/20 11:22 AM
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we are looking at another student car for the last kid in the house...seller is pretty open about the history, price is right, but the 1 qt/500 miles has me spooked.

He says it's been like that for years, no recent change.

Re: Acura with the 3.5L, what is "excessive oil consumption"? [Re: Tyson] #5456858 06/18/20 11:23 AM
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What year and model is it? Not good for the cat converter. I’d avoid awd models since more parts could fail.

An 06 to 08 Corolla, Matrix, Vibe would be some solid choices.

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Re: Acura with the 3.5L, what is "excessive oil consumption"? [Re: Tyson] #5456859 06/18/20 11:24 AM
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student car? not ideal.


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Re: Acura with the 3.5L, what is "excessive oil consumption"? [Re: Tyson] #5456866 06/18/20 11:30 AM
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move on,

Thats excessive and will cause a chain reaction of other problems - foul O2 sensors, kill the cats.....


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Re: Acura with the 3.5L, what is "excessive oil consumption"? [Re: Tyson] #5456914 06/18/20 12:18 PM
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Yes, that is excessive crzy

Honda says more than a quart every 1000 miles is excessive.

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Maybe I'm old school, but with that many miles I would keep adding oil every 500 miles until she will not go anymore. I kept an old Nova's V8 going for quite a few miles back in the day that burned oil quite a bit faster than 500 miles. It was still running when I eventually junked it.

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Find another car to buy, this one is worn out.


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Re: Acura with the 3.5L, what is "excessive oil consumption"? [Re: Tyson] #5457130 06/18/20 05:06 PM
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Instead of a Honda V-6 for a student, how about a nice 2.4L Accord?


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Re: Acura with the 3.5L, what is "excessive oil consumption"? [Re: Tyson] #5457145 06/18/20 05:38 PM
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You're effectively replacing all 4.5-5 quarts of oil, twice over, that that engine holds over the course of a regular oil change interval (presuming 5000 mile changes though 6-7k wouldn't be a concern for those engines in good condition).

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