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#68 of 101 Re: Burning Synthetic [runox]
Jun 11, 2011 (9:34 am)
I would say it is not normal. We have over 10K on our 2011 Equinox 4 cyl. ; went with Amsoil XL at 5500 miles and the oil still shows full after almost 5K.
#69 of 101 Re: Burning Synthetic [stephcp]
Feb 02, 2012 (10:46 am)
I'm having the same problem. They were checking my oil at 1000 miles and saying it wasn't serious enough to investigate further. Yesterday I checked it again at 3000 miles, and like you, there wasn't a drop on the dip stick. I'm taking it back in tomorrow.
Did they ever find out what the problem was with yours?
#70 of 101 Re: Burning Synthetic [sherry28]
Feb 02, 2012 (11:10 am)
It was definitely not normal as the previous replies to my post were saying. For 8 weeks, checks every 1000 miles indicated that I was losing a quart of oil in each of those 1000 mile periods. I am a commuter so this ended up being checked about every 2 weeks. We finally got stern with them. They tore the engine down twice and replaced multiple items both times. This resulted in belts having to be replaced due to stretching from tearing down/putting the engine back together.
They told me not go by the Engine Life Indicator, that they didn't even know why it was put on the 2010 models because it was meant for synthetic oil and these were not running synthetic. Keep in mind the oil life indicator had NOTHING to do with the fact that the first time it nearly ran dry it was under 3000K miles since the last oil change.
It seems to be doing a little better in the oil burning dept. However I'm having the same problems as some others with it just not running smooth, the clicking noise (makes it sound like a diesel). We are biding our time since we will need a bigger vehicle if #3 comes into the picture. We still have about 50K miles on the powertrain warranty, but once we hit about 75K-80K miles it will be headed to the used car lot.
#72 of 101 2010 Equinox Burning Oil
Mar 04, 2012 (8:09 am)
It's good and notso good to hear other people are having these issues as well. I've had my Equinox over 2 yrs now and am running at 46,000km. I love the vehicle, it's great on gas but what's up with this oil thing? I've had Mobil 1 from the start and it was burning oil, switched to regular oil (dealers recommendation) and it's still burning about a litre a month. It does not smoke or leak oil anywhere? They tell me this is normal to burn this much oil for a 4cyl. engine? Don't think so, I've had vehicles with 300,000km and haven't burnt any oil. ISSUE here admit it GM. The dealer is going to start a oil consumption log now, yippee! I'm making it all up, I'm secretly draining the oil out on myself in the night to get attention? Anyhow, it's good to know this isn't just me having this problem. Kingston, ON
#73 of 101 Having same problems
Apr 02, 2012 (6:46 pm)
Bought our 2010 Equinox in mid-December 2011 and and not even 4 months and 6,000 miles later we have gone through 5 quarts of oil. Car just crossed 30,000 miles today. Yesterday the check engine light came on and the engine was tapping very loudly - louder than the normal annoying tap. After checking the oil, NONE showed on the dipstick. This is real bad. I will be taking it in for service tomorrow and will keep this thread updated. I'm sure hoping I'm not in for a long term battle with my dealer to get this fixed right.
#74 of 101 Re: Having same problems [brad5879]
Apr 05, 2012 (5:42 pm)
I'm at 44,000 now and still burning 2 quarts per 6000 miles. I changed synthetic at 6,000. I've noticed it is oil wet around the engine fill. I changed the gasket on the filler cap, no change. It's not me spilling while filling, I use a spout. No drips no leaks anywhere to be found. At 42,000 I switched back to dino oil. I've had to add 1/2 quart twice now.
The mpg is definitely better at the front end of the change. I'll drop 2 mpg between 4000 and 6000 miles.
#75 of 101 Re: Having same problems [runox]
Apr 06, 2012 (7:17 am)
I took it in on 4/4/12 and they did an oil change and said they'd have to run an oil consumption test. Every time I need to add a quart I have to bring it in and they'll top it off and document it. I have to do that 3 times and then they will try to figure out what's wrong.
I really didn't expect to have to do this when I bought a car with 24,000 miles on it, but I am now understanding why someone traded this in.
#76 of 101 2012 oil change
Apr 25, 2012 (5:33 pm)
I have a new 2012 equinox. When should I make my first oil change. I always do it myself.The manual doesn't say when to change it. It only tells me to use Dexos approved.
#77 of 101 Re: 2012 oil change [bobbyd7]
Apr 26, 2012 (7:52 am)
Good morning bobbyd7,
Your Equinox has a computer system that indicates when to change the engine oil and filter. This is based on a combination of factors which include engine revolutions, engine temperature, and miles driven. When it has determined that an oil change is needed based upon these factors, an alert will appear in the DIC; from this time, it is strongly recommended to make sure to change the oil within 600 miles. I want to also note that the oil life system does not track the level of oil, and so it is always wise to check this periodically. For more information on the oil life system, see page 10-12 in your manual. If you have further questions, please contact us at socialmediagm.com
All the best,
GM Customer Service