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Slowly dying engine.
So, as far as becoming a new member, with the hopes of basking in the otherwise enjoyment of a group of appreciators behind the 6, I found my old wagon has already got a bit of a problem with it, that's steadily becoming rather fatal.
A big problem I'm facing is power loss, but at an alarming rate. In may I purchased my 6, a 2.0L I4. After a month of owning it (I made sure the oil was full and clean when I purchased it), the oil light began to come on when slowing down. I asked my local garage if they had any suggestions about this, and, in a bit of a panic the day before I showed up, I dropped about 2 litres of oil in to her, out of fear she'd been running complete dry this entire time.
Classic mistake of first owning a car, I suppose, as when I showed up, they checked the oil and said it was about a litre overfilled. Good thing I only went down the road, right? They drained off the excess and said, yeah, that's kind of weird. The oil is clean, but by using those stellar math skills I have, I've somehow lost about a litre of oil in a month of driving (~1000 miles). Which, is definitely not normal.
I paid a visit to a local Mazda dealer to explain what I was experiencing, and they suggested an oil pressure test, which I agreed to do. Turns out afterwards, the engine has really low oil pressure, we're talking 20 PSI at 3000RPM, where I was told it should be 49. Suspected piston rings are worn, that, in an ideal world, would require an engine rebuild. Which I absolutely cannot afford.
But I really do not want to lose my baby. That was back in August, I had that pressure test done, and the mechanic predicted she'd be dead within a month. Well, I showed them, kind of! I've been using the dash's trip counter to make sure I check the oil every 100 miles, and top it up a bit if necessary. Right now she burns through about 1 litre of oil every 250-300 miles, and is steadily getting worse. So at this point I'm starting to get concerned I'm running out of time before she just conks out entirely.
I know it seems highly unlikely, but does anyone have any suggestions to assist with this? Or, failing that, an opinion on the idea of an engine swap? I was just considering replacing it with another 2.0L I4 of the same make, as, to my understanding, the MX-5 of the same era uses the same size of engine.
Sorry for the long post but, thank you for anyone who took the time to read this.
Last edited by Elso Valager; 10-23-2018 at 03:12 PM.
Reason: Forgot to include details of my car.