First of all, I know I am responsible for the damage to my engine. Scold me if you must. I have been young and dumb and negligent.
Now I am trying to figure out whether given the damage already done, how long before I should get a new car (which I will take better care of, after learning my lesson)…
As a 22 year old I got my used 2002 Maxima. I have never been good about checking the oil. I know - bad, bad girl. For the most part I have changed the oil between 3k-4k miles. The car now has 145,000 miles.
A couple months ago my engine oil pressure light came on. It stayed on a day or so then went off so I just figured the light was malfunctioning. Stupid I know. Scold me if you must. I just figured that it was a “change your oil” light - dumb. I know. I kept driving it and the light would flicker on and off.
Then one day a couple months ago, the car pretty much decided to stop working. I took it to the shop the next day and lo and behold, oil didn’t register on dipstick.
They changed my oil and told me engine is burning oil and I need to monitor it closely. Now I am adding oil once every week or two and am checking my oil twice a week (at least).
It seems to be running fine. I do hear some rattling from the engine (I think) but as long as I stay vigilant with keeping oil in it, should I be OK for another year or two? Or is it just a matter of time before it flat out dies? I seem to be getting varying opinions from shops, my dad, etc., so wanted to get some more opinions before I go out and buy a new (used) car. I love the Maxima, it still drives well, but I know I’ve done a lot of damage to it.
Thanks so much in advance for your opinions!