My BA XR6 NA is nearly a year old (30 May is its birthday). It has done 14 000km now.
A month or so ago, I went to check the oil. I was surprised to find that it was about as low as it could go on the dipstick and that what was left was very grubby. It took 2 L to get it up to where it should be. At that time it had done just over 13 000km.
Have any of you had the same problem? I had not checked it before that (slack I know) because I honestly did not expect it to have used any since none of my Dad's Falcons over the last million years ever have.
I was wondering though, do they use a lot of oil as a normal occurrence in the first few thousand km? And should that have been picked up at the first service/check? It seems to me that if it had used a fair bit in the first few thousand, they should have picked it up and if it hadn't by that stage, it has used most of it between then and now, which seems problematic to me.
It is going in for its first real service on the 20th April where the guys will check it out (not at Ford, I might add). They seem to be a bit concerned about it.
Also, when I rang Ford to find out what oil to top it up with (I had lost my book at the time) they didn't know but suggested Mobil 1. What do you guys use and what grade?
Oh, and I should also add that I do drive it fairly hard, but not so hard that I would expect this kind of oil usage. I also am aware that this is considered within normal tolerances as far as Ford is concerned, but it is still a problem for me.
Also, on another issue, my plugs were cactus after 14 000km too...... they had to be changed last week. Have any of you found this to be a problem with your BAs?
Thanks guys. Grrrrrr