Hoping someone can give me some insight into what i might be dealing with. I have a 99 honda civic with 172,000 miles. Since the day i’ve owned it (that was 142,000 miles ago) i’ve gotten the oil changed every 3000 miles. In the last couple years every time i would take it in for an oil change the mechanic would get on me about my oil level and the fact that it was bone dry (as in - completley out of oil). Keep in mind I’ve continued to do oil changes every 3000 miles. This prompted me to shorten the length between oil changes, for the past year or so I’ve been getting the oil changed every 2000 miles. Even with oil changes every 2000 miles the mechanic will mention to watch my oil level as it’s low. This of course made me curious, as it seemed peculiar, so I asked the technician what the problem may be with my low oil levels and he stated that high mile cars generally will suck oil faster. He also stated my “oil pan and gasket?” were loose and should be replaced as it was causing an oil leak. I went ahead and had the oil pan and gasket replaced, but the low oil levels seem to persist. The guy runs like a gem, but obviously i dont want to shorten the life on the vehicle by depriving it from oil.
Thanks for any help or advice -