Consumer Reports just released a result of its annual survey of car owners. One of the surprising results was that some newer cars (2010-2014) consumed as much as a quart of oil per month.
Such oil consumption is considered normal in older cars – those with over 100,000 miles – but for newer cars to be burning oil at that rate is unusual to say the least.
Consumer Reports went one step further, and called on the car makers to repair these cars under the powertrain warranty or to extend warranties.
Models most likely to experience this problem are:
Audi A3, A4, A5, A6 and Q5
BMW 5, 6, and 7 Series and X5
Subaru Outback, Legacy, Forester and Impreza
An article by AP cites Audi spokesman Bradley Stertz saying that “a class action lawsuit against Audi over oil consumption by the 2.0-Liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines is close to being settled without the company admitting liability or wrongdoing.” The settlement affects 2009 A4, 2010 A4 and A5, and 2011 A4, A5 and Q5 models.
Various Toyota models manufactured between 2006 and 2011 have also been flagged for burning too much oil. The models include Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Solara, Toyota RAV4, and Scion (made by Toyota). Toyota Prius is also known for burning quite a bit of oil, sometimes as much as a quart every 2000 miles.
Lawsuits notwithstanding, whether these companies admit liability or not, if you drive one of their cars, do check the oil regularly, and keep an extra quart in the trunk, just in case.