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Does the Stilo Abarth burn oil?

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I have a 52 plate Abarth and have noticed that it tends to burn a bit of oil. I reckon I have put in around 2/3 of a litre over the last 1500 miles. Is this normal?

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Re: Does the Stilo Abarth burn oil?

O yes
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Cool Re: Does the Stilo Abarth burn oil?

Out of interest barfly do you drive your car hard and what make and grade and make of oil do you use ?
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Re: Does the Stilo Abarth burn oil?

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Out of interest barfly do you drive your car hard and what make and grade and make of oil do you use ?
Good question. I don't drive too hard - just the occasional flurry to clear the cobwebs. Usually I am quite conservative.

The oil was changed by Fiat when I picked up the car. I am topping up with 10/40 Semi-synth (7.50 per litre from Texaco).

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Re: Does the Stilo Abarth burn oil?

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Greetings.

I have a 52 plate Abarth and have noticed that it tends to burn a bit of oil. I reckon I have put in around 2/3 of a litre over the last 1500 miles. Is this normal?

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Sounds about right for an Abarth. They do like a little tipple.
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Re: Does the Stilo Abarth burn oil?

Mine doesnt
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Re: Does the Stilo Abarth burn oil?

Quote Originally Posted by barflyleon
Good question. I don't drive too hard - just the occasional flurry to clear the cobwebs. Usually I am quite conservative.

The oil was changed by Fiat when I picked up the car. I am topping up with 10/40 Semi-synth (7.50 per litre from Texaco).

Chill.
I read in the manual you have to use a 10/60 W fully sinthetic.

Price seems to high in Britain for oil, do you pay high taxes on oil productos?
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Re: Does the Stilo Abarth burn oil?

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O yes


Manufacturer's, and not just Fiat say 1ltr for every 1000 miles is within tolerance.
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Re: Does the Stilo Abarth burn oil?

I would have thought you'd be best to go with fully synthetic as well
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Re: Does the Stilo Abarth burn oil?

Im using 10w-60 Selenia Raicing. Before was using 5w-40 and it was burning 0.5l-1000km.
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Re: Does the Stilo Abarth burn oil?

I've done 2000km in mine and not noticed the level drop at all. But then my Stilo Abarth does seem to be special (touching wood)...

FIAT quote a ridiculously high consumption that will cover all cases.
Actual use might depend on how the car was first run-in, i.e. how vigorously it was driven. If it was driven too gently, the rings may not have sealed very well before the bores glazed. If you drive it properly and use the right grade of oil, it might come right (in my experience of previous cars).

I have heard of a trick that involves pouring ATF into the engine; apparently it helps to un-stick and re-bed the rings... I think that there are various additives you could try that would work in a similar way (probably safer for the catalytic converter too).

I don't think the standard specified oil is 10w60? - see attached pic, 10w40 or 5w30 for really, really cold climates - but thicker oil will reduce oil consumption in most engines. All engines burn oil to some extent, but in my older FIATs (e.g. 128, Uno 60) it was always a tiny amount (i.e. less than 0.5L in 10,000km). Yet the handbooks have always quoted more like 1L/2000km.

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Re: Does the Stilo Abarth burn oil?

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Im using 10w-60 Selenia Raicing. Before was using 5w-40 and it was burning 0.5l-1000km.
Mine uses 1 litre per 1000 miles on average..

I changed the oil after 500 miles to the selenia racing 10w 60 But i found the car sounded too top endy? So thinking that this was a bit thick I put 10w 40 Magnatec in and the noise went straight away..

Still drinks plent of oil though...

And at the price of Magnatec and amount of miles I do.. Costs me a fortune!
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Cheers for all the responses guys. Serious question then...

Do Abarth owners ever have to perform an oil change? If we are always topping up with new stuff (around a litre per 1500 miles), what would be the point of replacing it all at once?

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Re: Does the Stilo Abarth burn oil?

That is a good point and I worked out that my old Stilo changed it's oil in 7000 miles. You'd still want to change the oil filter.....if you can get to it.
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Re: Does the Stilo Abarth burn oil?

Acceptable philosophy for a lawnmower, but I think I'll still be changing the oil at the recommended intervals. Don't forget the new oil instantly mixes with the old. Even after you've put in say 10 litres, there is still a significant quantity of original oil mixed with it, all cruddy and broken down.......
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