Are you allowing the oil to drain before you check it? If you shut it off, pop the hood, and pull the dipstick without waiting, it's going to read a little low.
The manual says to run the car until it's at "full operating temperature," turn of the engine, wait five minutes, and then check the oil -- on level ground, of course. That's exactly what I've been doing.Are you allowing the oil to drain before you check it? If you shut it off, pop the hood, and pull the dipstick without waiting, it's going to read a little low.
Great line! If everyone drove like that, the world would be a better place....I drive it like a stolen rental...."
I totally agree. I'm also not getting anywhere near the promised MPG. My "combined" mileage -- about 75% freeway and 25% in-town suburban -- is only about 29 MPG. Mazda says that the 2.0 liter with a manual should be getting 33 MPG combined.Of course it could be considered as normal but it isn't right in my book, especially for this type of efficient engine by design.
bye-bye-VW, there is a school of thought amongst some engine fanatics that an engine should be broken-in using a "tough love" approach. That is, drive the thing like you're in a race. Such folks feel that unless the car is driven like this for a while, the rings will never really seat properly and the car will use too much oil.
That's a crazy amount of consumption for any car, lat alone a new one. I run 7500 mile intervals and my sGT burns about a quart over the duration. That's nowhere near what you're saying, but it's still way more than any other car I've owned, and I've owned a wide variety of vehicles. Maybe I'm overreacting, but I'm not comfortable with anything more than a 1/2 qt on a new car.It sucks, but I seriously doubt a new motor or new car will be given for a half quart every 2100 miles. I think the current standard is 1 quart every thousand miles is considered acceptable.