- Apr 26, 2008
I still have a 2010 Kia Cerato. It's still good as new and has never missed a beat. Not a single failure besides for a battery in 11 years of ownership. It seems like the good run may be coming to an end. Up until now, the car has never needed oil between annual services.
In the last 6 months (+/- 6000 KM), I have had to top up the oil twice. It's not due for a service until June.
Any reason for concern or take it in asap for some preventative work or just a symptom of age?
It's got 150 000 KM on the clock. Car feels fine, no smokey exhaust or anything.
If it just started to consume oil, then there is something wrong. Could be a leak, PCV valve at best, or valve stem seals / piston rings / head gasket at worst, but those usually wear over time and are usually identified by smoke from the exhaust - but you don't have those issues as you say.
Having said that my BMW 1 Series had worn out valve stem seals at only 135K km. To fix that requires an engine overhaul. I just got rid of the car. The BMW N42 and N46 engines used in the early 1 and 3 Series were notorious for valve stem seal wear.