If you are unsure of service history get Insp2 service done by who ever you trust. Get them to give special attention to breathers and CCV devices. If still burning oil do compression check..
Good - Fast - Cheap: Pick any two.
E23 735i; E30 318i; E32 735iL; E38 735iL; R50 Cooper; R55 Cooper Clubman.
E21 318i; E32 735iL; E34 535i; E38 730iL; E53 4.4i