All, first time poster and hoping to find some rationale advice! I have a 2015.5 Volvo XC60 T6 with the Drive-E engine with close to 65,000 miles. I received my first Low Oil Warning light around 55,000 miles, added a quart and it went away. It has happened twice since that time. The car seems to be using a quart of oil every 5,000 miles. I had the dealer look it over, they ran their tests (which I’m unsure of “what” they did, ran it up the chain with Volvo and they stated it needed a ring/piston job at the tune of $5,000, of which Volvo is kind enough to offer to pay $500.00 (geez, thanks).
I’ve called four independent Volvo mechanics in the area and they all had a few different opinions, including just add 5 to 6 quarts of oil at each oil change, use a higher viscosity, change the oil more frequently, make sure you monitor the oil levels; however, no one recommended a full on piston/ring job on a car that’s only 4 years old. This car does not have a dipstick but has the warning light that will let me know when it’s low.
We like the car, it drives well, we bought it for safety reasons and we will be passing to a child in a few months when they turn 16.
I realize folks will have very different opinions here but I want to make sure I don’t do any long term harm to the car, or, if I should just try to offload this thing ASAP. I’ll be diligent monitoring the oil light and don’t mind adding oil when needed. My history with cars is essentially all Toyota’s and I haven’t added oil to a car since I drove an 84 GMC pickup that had leaking seals. Some of my research says this is no big deal and perfectly normal. On other Volvo forums people are losing their minds.
All suggestions welcome.