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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 08-15-2019, 02:07 PM Thread Starter
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Bad purchase?

Hello all, new to the forum. I'll get right to it. My daughter recently bought a 2012 Traverse with the 3.6l. It had 115,000 miles on it. I'm concerned with oil consumption. It was, what I think, more than a quart low and she has not put 1000 miles on it. Are there any major problems with this model year and engine? I just changed the oil and will monitor the consumption, just needed info in the mean time. Any info is appreciated, and thanks in advance.
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As the miles build up on my engine, oil consumption has gone up.
I have always monitored. Always change oil at 5,000.
Same with my older cars. but those dont use oil.

The 2010 now uses 2-3 qts every 5000 miles. (now at 152,000)

my 2013 with the 3.6, now at 86,000- shows sings of using a little bit of oil.


Ive also read in other places- that oil usage on the 3.6 will happen as the engine racks up the miles.
Ive wondered----could it be that carbon buildup is ocurring- and you get pieces of carbon- from say the top of the valves- break off and make it into the cylinder where it bounces around-- and scratches the cylinder walls?
or you get carbon buildup- and you then use a carbon cleaning agent in the fuel- and it cleans/breaks off small pieces of carbon that then scratch the cylinders?


Its something Ive been pondering for a while. Is it true? I dont know.

As Ive seen the oil consumption slowly increase as the engine gets older.

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2013 Equinox 3.6L - 88,000
2010 Traverse 3.6L- 153,000
2003 Trailblazer 4.2L- 181,500
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As the miles build up on my engine, oil consumption has gone up.
I have always monitored. Always change oil at 5,000.
Same with my older cars. but those dont use oil.

The 2010 now uses 2-3 qts every 5000 miles. (now at 152,000)

my 2013 with the 3.6, now at 86,000- shows sings of using a little bit of oil.


Ive also read in other places- that oil usage on the 3.6 will happen as the engine racks up the miles.
Ive wondered----could it be that carbon buildup is ocurring- and you get pieces of carbon- from say the top of the valves- break off and make it into the cylinder where it bounces around-- and scratches the cylinder walls?
or you get carbon buildup- and you then use a carbon cleaning agent in the fuel- and it cleans/breaks off small pieces of carbon that then scratch the cylinders?


Its something Ive been pondering for a while. Is it true? I dont know.

As Ive seen the oil consumption slowly increase as the engine gets older.

Multiple sources say that the deposits that form on DI engines are much harder, and much more prone to score the walls when they come off... maybe that's just the walnut blasters trying to sell their service through scare tactics, who knows.

My '14 used about a quart, going all the way to 0% with the OLM.

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I guess the walnut blaster are on to something.

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Build Date- July 31, 2009-2nd day of Spring Hill 2010 production.

2013 Equinox 3.6L - 88,000
2010 Traverse 3.6L- 153,000
2003 Trailblazer 4.2L- 181,500
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post #5 of 33 (permalink) Old 08-15-2019, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
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I own 2011 Equinox with 3.0 V6 and have read terrible stories about the Equinox with the 2.4L 4 cylinder. I'm hoping not to read stories like them about this Traverse.

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I own a 2012, I'm at about 97,000 miles and about 2,500 miles into my oil change. I'll go outside and check the level for consumption and report back.
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Mine is still right on the full mark

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I own 2011 Equinox with 3.0 V6 and have read terrible stories about the Equinox with the 2.4L 4 cylinder. I'm hoping not to read stories like them about this Traverse.

In my research it seems like the 2.4 has horrendous issues with carbon buildup and the 3.6 is not nearly as bad... All that searching on Colorado/Canyon/Camaro/etc. forums didn't really find many instances of people needing to have it done and having code issues.

My policy with the Traverse is to drive it, maintain it and see if a code ever pops up... then I'll address the issue if needed.

Current Vehicles:
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-2014 Traverse LT2 AWD
-1961 Impala 2 Door Sedan 283 3MT

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-1969 Camaro SS 350 4MT
-1957 210 2 Door Wagon (project)
-1939 Ford 3 Window 2 Door (project)

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-2008 Sonata SE V6
-2012 Silverado LS 4.8 4WD EC
-2011 Rogue SL AWD
-2006 Accord Sedan EX-L K24 5MT
-2012 Tacoma DCSB V6 6MT 4WD
-2011 Civic Si Sedan
-2001 Pathfinder VQ35 5MT 4WD
-1997 Pathfinder VG33 4AT 4WD
-1999 ML320 4WD
-1997 Accord LX Sedan F22 4AT
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post #9 of 33 (permalink) Old 08-16-2019, 03:56 PM
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my 2009 only used oil one time. It was shocking. I couldn't find any issues with it, but decided to change the oil. Since then, about 15k mile ago, it has not used anything. I never saw any oil leaks or smoke.....just in the intake tube. I have 113k miles on mine.

I can't remember if I did the "pcv" fix before or after this or at the same time. Anyway....just my observation on mine.
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post #10 of 33 (permalink) Old 08-17-2019, 01:53 PM
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2010 here, doesn't use any oil between 5000 mile changes.


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