She Likes to Drink-Should I Get Rid of Her?

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  1. Borninblue

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    My 2010 with about 135K on her is starting to drink more and more. Dealer recommended, and I switched to 5w20. This did about nothing, consumption is probably 1qt every 1,500.

    EGR, manifold, throttle body cleaned including cooler, all fluids changed, breaks completely done, plugs etc done when I bought her at 114K. Been almost 2 years and debating on the future. Do I cut bait and trade in on a Prime or ride it till it dies.

    I would be more inclined to ride till she dies with the exception of two things. The big battery will need replaced probably within a year or two. Dr. Prius says I’m between 40% and 50% life the few times I’ve tested it.

    I really don’t know how long the engine will last as an oil burner? I need to install a catch can, whichI haven’t got to yet. Bought her for about $5,400. I’m more intrigued with the Primes the more I read and watch videos. I can almost make a complete trip to and from work with the electric mileage rating.
     
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    Most new car dealers are offering pretty easy terms lately. Worth looking at some numbers. Also sounds like you've got a pretty good use for one.
     
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    I’m also wondering if they will devalue my trade since I told them at the dealer it was burning oil. Probably noted the switch to thicker oil in records.
     
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    Possible, but doubtful. Sales generally doesn't look at the history, unless it's an out of the ordinary low mileage unit for it's age. But why not keep it till it dies. Heck a brand new Honda can burn a quart every 1000 miles and that's within tolerance. Like Coalroaller said though, might not hurt to look at some numbers.
     
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    I thought somebody was asking about getting rid of their drunken valentine :eek::confused::oops:
     
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    This may be worth a try? .......just saying
     
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    I know some members have used a 1 qt of Marvels mystery oil with their oil change, run it a few thousand miles and changed it with fresh oil and had fairly good luck with that.

    could be worth a shot? I personally have used it for maintenance purposes before, and use it in my gas tank with good luck.
     
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    New short block?
     
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    I used the following to help with oil consumption:
    • BG Products EPR
    • BG Products Extended Life MOA
    • 0w-40 oil
    Our old 2010 consumed a quart every 4-5k miles and it maintained there.

    One thing I noticed is that if I traveled above 65-70 mph, the oil consumption would rise significantly.

    Good luck and keep us posted (y).
     
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    Funny you say that. I noticed the exact same thing. If I travel above 70 she burns more. Few days I went above 80 and I could tell the burning increased even more.
     
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    So it's not just that you're not doing less electric-mode: ceiling for that is something like 45 mph. Too, I would think the difference in oil consumption between 70 and 80 is rpm related.
     
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    The change in oil you make isn't REALLY that much different.

    Before you junk it only because of oil consumption, try changing to a "high mileage" oil.
    They are usually something like 10W30 or 10W40 with special additives.
    And yes, that weight oil will work just fine.

    Any improvement will be temporary; how long.....nobody knows for sure.
    And if there is an actual oil leak that you haven't noticed, the different oil probably won't help at all.
     
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    If and only IF the oil loss is due to stuck or gunked up rings.
    If it is due to plain old wear, it can actually make matters worse while the MMO is in there.
     
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    At 135k I would find it very hard to believe it’s worn out
     
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    A used car dealer I pass regularly gas a Gen 3 with 300K miles for $5000.
     
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    300K for $5,000?! Come on now that’s robbery! Probably never even had the EGR cleaned!!! 5K for ticking time bomb wow
     
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    If you’re going to dump her for a younger, prettier model, it’s gonna cost you.

    Me? I’d wait until the traction battery goes Tango-Uniform and then kick her to the curb.
    With your renewed interest in things like OCCs and engine parts cleanliness this car probably has at least 50,000 miles left in her.

    50,000 miles on a $25,000 Prime will depreciate it FAR more than what it would cost you just rekindle the romance with the car that you already have.
    For JUST the increase in tags and insurance for two years you could probably get a remanufactured battery.


    If you’re going to start seeing other cars, wait till later in the year before you take one home.
    Tax time.
    EVERYBODY is wanting to spend now.....
     
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    I'd clean the PCV valve and install an oil catch can.

    Pixel XL ?
     
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    Good advice thank you....dealers will be more thirsty later in year. Plus that RAV4 Prime coming out looks delicious....I need the AWD, although the blizzaks make the Pri a little tank I must say. I just love that center stack in the Pri Prime though.
     
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