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Three months shy of 3 years and I have opened my hood 2 or 3 times just to look at the engine.
Oil changed by dealer every 5,000 miles and all required service performed. 38,000 miles of trouble
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I don't know what was going on with the oil consumption I experienced when I started this thread.
I swear I was checking the oil level carefully and in the same spot in my garage.

Now I currently have 41,000 miles on my SX, have travelled from MA to AZ (arrived 5/1/19),
typical steady speeds of 75-80 mph.
I have gone 4,000 miles since my last oil change and it is still at the FULL mark.
I did change to 10w-30 instead of 5w-30 which is perfectly alright per the owners manual.
I don't understand what caused my earlier oil loss but I am very happy now that the level is holding at FULL.

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Glad to hear things are ok and it was just a temporary glitch.

Since you brought this up, it reminded me on my last oil change the dealer tech forgot about my synthetic oil on the passenger seat floor. He used the dealer oil, and sure enough I didn't notice the jug sitting there until I was already on my way. crap....

Anyways, as always I have been checking the oil seeing it go down a tiny amount at every fill up. Once the level dropped about a half quart at the 5,000 mile mark I topped it off, and am arranging for the next oil change appointment.

It would seem, on mine at least, that if you use conventional 5w30 like the dealer does, it will in fact drop a small amount as you drive along. When I use the pennzoil platinum in it, that doesn't happen, it stays full for the entire change duration.
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Pennzoil platinum is my choice in the SX too. 25,000 mi. now and just now put in new cabin air and engine air filters. I do both every spring after pollen season. Overkill on the engine air filter but since the turbo pumps a much higher amount of air through the filter, and the filter is inexpensive, no sense to me in doing another year on a filter with some airflow restriction. I probably save enough on gas to in a year to buy the filter. A little less gas burned means a little less carbon. Little things add up.

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As I said previously: "I don't know what was going on with the oil consumption I experienced when I started this thread."

But my oil level was still good this May when I changed it in AZ at 6,000 miles. Since then we have driven back home to MA from AZ and the oil level is still full after 4,500 miles since last change, mileage now at 45,600.

I believe now that I must have been doing something wrong in the way I was checking my oil last winter.
Yesterday I did find a possible answer that may have added to my inaccurate oil level checks.
I found that the C of E for engine oil is .00039 per degree F.
That means 5 quarts of oil will expand 6 1/4 oz's in 100 degrees.
Checking the oil level on a cold engine in winter would show a lower dipstick reading.

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I'm surprised you did not know that you always check the oil with the car in the same spot (when possible) or on a level surface, and after it is fully warmed up with at least 2 minutes to drain down. I had mentioned this above back in February. Otherwise your readings don't mean much although if you had a massive oil leak it probably would show up.
Also, considering your location, I would definitely recommend sticking with the 5W-30, at least from October to April. Actually it would be fine all the time, wherever you might travel.

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