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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 05-27-2015, 12:15 PM
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excessive oil consumption?

How much is too much?
How much oil does your car use between oil changes?
Does it vary based on where it is in the oil change cycle - as in, does it use more immediately after an oil change and then taper off? Does it use it slowly immediately after an oil change and then consume more?

My car with 118K miles uses a quart about every 700 miles, pretty steadily. I've replaced the CCV and blown out the dipstick tube. my plan is to try to engine oil stabilizer at the next oil change.
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Old 05-27-2015, 12:40 PM
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Nothing new, these engines have a problem with the CCV and then start using oil, to the tune of about 1 qt every 1000 miles or so. I have had good luck switching from the CCV to an oil catch can with an old timey PVC valve and that brought it to about 1 qt every 3500 miles or so. Newer engine in my car now (old one burnt a valve at 265,000) and have had luck with the following link



If you try this,,jack up the passenger side of the car , to where the head is about level, pour a couple of oz's of the cleaner in and let set overnight. Then using the key and the pluggs out blow it all out,,for good measure get a shop vac and pull the rest out of there..Warning , it's going to smoke like crazy afterwards. This has helped mine,,might not be for you,,but was for me
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Old 05-27-2015, 07:51 PM
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I have the M62 (V8) and do not use a any oil with 7500 mile oil change intervals since new. I have just under 233,000 miles.
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