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Posted by timespace on June 19, 2007, 1:23 pm

2007 Prius
I didn't realize that it would be so important to monitor the oil in this
The manual states that one quart of 5W-30 is used up by normal use
every 600 miles. As each tank will get you 425-475 miles, every
gas re-fill really does require a check of the oil levels. Something I
didn't do in other cars that I've owned.


Posted by richard schumacher on June 19, 2007, 3:11 pm

The OP is either a troll or badly confused.  A Prius does not normally
consume 1 quart of oil every 600 miles.

Posted by nunymouse on June 19, 2007, 4:46 pm

richard schumacher wrote:

I don't know what's "normal", but have good knowledge of two
'04s and one '06 that accumulated more than 100k miles. I change
the oil most times on all of them, and periodically check the
levels including at the end of that oil's life cycle. I haven't
seen the oil level below the "full" mark on any of these cars.

My manual isn't handy, but it will be interesting to see if it
in fact states 1Q/600 miles.

Posted by Michael Pardee on June 19, 2007, 11:14 pm

I might believe a quart in 6000 miles, but even my 2002 with 110K miles
doesn't use measurable oil between 5K mile changes. The 2002 manual doesn't
say anything about how much oil might be used, only that a car driven short
trips may have a lot of moisture in the oil that will burn off in highway
driving and make the consumption appear high.

Since oil consumption can abruptly increase at any time through leaks or
burning (Hondas that break a ring are known to do that) we should all check
oil in any vehicle at every fill-up.


Posted by mark b on June 20, 2007, 2:12 pm

I read that in the manual and considered it a CYO entry.  I have never
used any oil after 15K miles.


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