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    Where did my oil go????

    So I purchased an 04 wrx wagon from my local dealer.
    It had been traded in with just under 100,000 miles on it with a severe engine knock from a lack of oil.
    The dealership assumed it was a leak caused by a loose plug.
    They rebuilt the entire lower end of the engine and put it up for sale.
    I purchased the car with maybe 50 miles on the new work.
    I checked the oil at 600 miles and found it to be running a bit low.
    Added oil and drove on. 1500 miles, checked again, again low.
    Freaked out I check it less then 300 miles later. Low again.
    No sign of oil on the ground, or on the block.
    The dealership is doing an "oil analysis" meaning that I have to return it to the dealership every 1000 miles.
    Since then I have checked the oil routinely fromt he same parking spot at the same time each morning. I am 500 miles past the oil change and barely registering L on the dipstick again.
    Needless to say, they obviously did not fix the oil loss issue that the car had when it was traded in.
    Sorry for the long post, just want to provide the nitty gritty details.
    Any idea where this oil may be going?
    Tips???
    Last edited by Roadshow; 09-10-2009 at 11:14 AM.

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    Anyone?

    Anyone have any idea????
    Has anyone ever heard of this or witnessed this before?
    Any recommendations where I should look?

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    Any oil in the coolant, or vice versa? You'd think someone would've noticed it by now, but you never know.
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    If it is free, make them figure it out. It will be much easier than internet troubleshooting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mycologist View Post
    If it is free, make them figure it out. It will be much easier than internet troubleshooting.
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    This.

    If you don't see it on the ground, and there is no oil/water mixing, then it's likely burning it. Let them figure it out.

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    no oil on the ground, no smoke out the pipe.

    Thanks for the feedback.
    The dealership's analysis is free (i think), but I was hoping to find some info that may help them along.
    Little freaked out that the car has 4 liters (and counting) of oil that is M.I.A. floating around somewhere.

    The car was sold to me with a CAI on it that I doubt it has been tuned for, so I don't want to continue to drive it untuned.
    I would like to get it all adjusted, but no point doing that until they figure our the oil issue.

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