I've got a problem. Was coming up on my timing belt maintenance but the last few oil changes I've been burning a lot of oil - now at a rate of 1q / 1000 miles. I use AMSOIL at about 10k mileage drains. Oil tests have always come back excellent, no metals, etc. Mileage has gone down, noticeable but not significant. So my mechanic did a compression test and came back between 115 and 120 lbs. Spec calls for 140 to 165 lbs.
We've opted to hold on the timing belt and just fix the serpentine belts which were shot. Will switch to conventional oil, a little thicker to try and reduce consumption.
I don't think that I beat on this car. I don't drive it like grandma would either - but I know a lot of you guys out there are far worse. Any suggestions here? Is it time to get out of it? Can they run for a long time at this compression level?
Do the turbos increase engine wear? If I get another vehicle the short list is a Legacy GT or an Outback XT but it'll have higher miles and I'm concerned that I could be getting into the same problem.