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The saga continues..car was serviced in December oil light had been flickering intermittently, i took it in and they marked the dipstick to start a 500 mile oil consumption test. I bought it back after putting the miles on the car and they said that Kia settled the motor dispute and the dealers "advice" was to keep a quart of oil with me at all times. I started checking the oil after an additional 1000 miles and then after an additional 1300 miles. Both times the oil was a quart or more low. Has anyone else experienced this? Should i add an oil treatment Lucas, etc?
 

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Super common, search site for lots of examples of far worse oil burning. Some as high as a quart per 300 miles.

You can try the additive to see if it makes a diff, maybe. Most auto mfrs say 1 quart per 1000 miles is 'normal and acceptable'. That sounds like about what yours is consuming oil at.

Don't wait until light is flickering, stay ahead of the problem, luck.
 

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Super common? I hope they let me write this off on my taxes lol. I never remember adding any oil to my other 2 optimas, i changed it every 4-5 k miles and that was it. Seems to me that this engine is deficient, Kia knows it and washed their hands of it. Smh...
 

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Has anyone ever used CRC intake cleaner and Lucas oil treatment as so called preventative measures? I just think its ridiculous that we are adding oil like this to a so called newer car lol. Kia or Hyundai or both seriously got this engine wrong...hopefully the engine has a warranty and it goes into limp mode or seizes lol, it would save me and OPEC a lot of oil lol
 

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Has anyone ever used CRC intake cleaner and Lucas oil treatment as so called preventative measures? I just think its ridiculous that we are adding oil like this to a so called newer car lol. Kia or Hyundai or both seriously got this engine wrong...hopefully the engine has a warranty and it goes into limp mode or seizes lol, it would save me and OPEC a lot of oil lol
I applauded Kia/Hyundai as when they did an oil consumption test and found oil usage exceptionally high, they took it upon themselves to do a replacement, but in the last year, I'd say their philosophy changed, and now, rather than replacing the oil burner they've decided to give the consumer a hard time and have them just keep adding oil. Hopefully the engine will seize, but from experience, the engine just keeps on running and as above, why change the oil when a qt is needed every 500 miles.

No type of maintenance or any additive will save the crappy engine, if it's going to go, it will go, hopefully slowly. I would be leery of adding any additive as it may be evident at time of inspection, and it would be just another reason for them to deny the lifetime warranty. The daughter's 2.4 seized 9 miles after the cel came on, in a downpour when on a narrow country road, talk about a safety issue. When I arrived, there were 3 police cars trying to reroute the traffic around the SUV, then we pushed it down the hill onto a side road, then the tow-truck showed up, with a genius driver. Before loading onto the flatbed, he did some tests and came up with remarkable deduction that the starter was bad, I didn't say a word, just looked at the daughter and let him go about his business. The SUV was dropped off at the dealership and returned 11 days later after the new engine was installed.
 

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I applauded Kia/Hyundai as when they did an oil consumption test and found oil usage exceptionally high, they took it upon themselves to do a replacement, but in the last year, I'd say their philosophy changed, and now, rather than replacing the oil burner they've decided to give the consumer a hard time and have them just keep adding oil. Hopefully the engine will seize, but from experience, the engine just keeps on running and as above, why change the oil when a qt is needed every 500 miles.

No type of maintenance or any additive will save the crappy engine, if it's going to go, it will go, hopefully slowly. I would be leery of adding any additive as it may be evident at time of inspection, and it would be just another reason for them to deny the lifetime warranty. The daughter's 2.4 seized 9 miles after the cel came on, in a downpour when on a narrow country road, talk about a safety issue. When I arrived, there were 3 police cars trying to reroute the traffic around the SUV, then we pushed it down the hill onto a side road, then the tow-truck showed up, with a genius driver. Before loading onto the flatbed, he did some tests and came up with remarkable deduction that the starter was bad, I didn't say a word, just looked at the daughter and let him go about his business. The SUV was dropped off at the dealership and returned 11 days later after the new engine was installed.
Thanks for the insight!
 

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Thank you for your Service USSVET.
I'm assuming your 2016 engine is covered....

Drive that vehicle hard and when it finally either seizes or goes into Limp Mode, that's when your covered extended engine warranty will kick-in.

Just keep the oil level full at all times. They can easily determine if the engine was abused by low oil volume. You do not want any headaches haggling with Kia over coverage and getting that free new remanufacturered engine block.

Just use a value-priced 5w30 in the meantime..... like Supertech, Amazon, Kirkland oils. Your prior Optimas may have served you better because they may not have been TGDI / GDI engines.

The Kia / Hyundai manufacturer does not build their GDI / TGDI engines to last. It kinda' explains why both branches of the large corporation is progressively moving into SmartStream engines / MPIs and ridding the fleet of TGDI / GDI eventually.
 
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Thank you for your Service USSVET.
I'm assuming your 2016 engine is covered....

Drive that vehicle hard and when it finally either seizes or goes into Limp Mode, that's when your covered extended engine warranty will kick-in.

Just keep the oil level full at all times. They can easily determine if the engine was abused by low oil volume. You do not want any headaches haggling with Kia over coverage and getting that free new remanufacturered engine block.

Just use a value-priced 5w30 in the meantime..... like Supertech, Amazon, Kirkland oils. Your prior Optimas may have served you better because they may not have been TGDI / GDI engines.

The Kia / Hyundai manufacturer does not build their GDI / TGDI engines to last. It kinda' explains why both branches of the large corporation is progressively moving into SmartStream engines / MPIs and ridding the fleet of TGDI / GDI eventually.
Thank you for the info! Love the Optima ( my 3rd one) hate the engine lol.
 

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Are some of these engines burning oil or blowing it out somehow? Normally, an engine burning that much oil within the cylinders would be fouling plugs. Do you see blue exhaust when you are driving the car?
 
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