I'm going to guess that you have a broken piston ring or 2.
Seems to be a common problem.
First thing to do is a leak down test.
That will give some idea to what problem is.
Compression test is another idea.
In my case I didn't download all of the TSB, only the ones after my manufactured date... The one I listed was SIM110109, it talks about some packaging issue with the new and improved PCV and head cover. You need to go back through the TSB's and find the one that calls for the replacement of the head cover with the new and improved valve.
Now I'm not saying that this is your problem but the earlier R56's did have a problem sucking excessive oil.
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Interesting. I've been warned of this by other MINI owners AND my local service advisors. I've been fairly paraniod about it. I check my oil regularly 2-3k miles and after EVERY session on track. I haven't had an issue so far. Hope I'm a lucky one.
Good luck getting yours fixed. Looks like the TSB database comes to the rescue again. That is an AWESOME resource.
Hi Scott, A friend of mine has an 08 justa with 48K on it. All of a sudden she is experiencing low oil levels / excessive oil use issue, this is not a leak. Her husband changes oil religiously and she doesn't hammer the car. She took it into the dealer for codes (?). They found it low on oil and it did have a fouled plug, the dealership added oil and replaced the plugs. Hope it's not the mentioned broken rings, she is almost out of warranty.
Have you found out what is going on with your MINI and what the problem is/was?
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