Ferrari V8 Oil Usage

Discussion in 'Ferrari Discussion (not model specific)' started by EastMemphis, Sep 21, 2019.


How much oil does your V8 Ferrari use?

Poll closed Oct 5, 2019.
  1. I never check the oil

    3 vote(s)
  2. 1 quart per 100 miles

    0 vote(s)
  3. 1 quart per 200 miles

    0 vote(s)
  4. 1 quart per 500 miles

    1 vote(s)
  5. 1 quart per 1000 miles

    4 vote(s)
  6. Zero oil usage (and I actually drive my car)

    17 vote(s)
  1. EastMemphis

    EastMemphis Formula Junior
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    May 25, 2019
    Memphis, TN
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    As a new V8 Ferrari owner (2001 360), I am curious about the oil usage of the engine. I haven't owned my car long enough to make any judgements but I suspect it's going to be somewhere around a quart every 500 miles. So please let me know what you've seen for oil consumption.
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  3. PFSEX

    PFSEX Formula Junior

    Jun 30, 2006
    Las Vegas
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    John Ratto
    I probably drive about 2,000 miles (max) between yearly oil changes. I check the oil maybe once a month. I have never noticed any level reduction.
  4. PFSEX

    PFSEX Formula Junior

    Jun 30, 2006
    Las Vegas
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    John Ratto 360 Modena Year: 2004 Years owned: 10 Mileage: about 27,000
  5. Wade

    Wade Three Time F1 World Champ
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    Mar 31, 2006
    East Central, FL
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    Wade O.
    My '92 348, with less than 28k miles, uses less than what the manual says - 1 to 2 quarts per 600 miles.
  6. Shinigami

    Shinigami Formula Junior
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    Aug 2, 2005
    Gland Switzerland
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    I get my Modena serviced every year/5000 miles, and have never had to top up the oil. My AMG required a quart every 3000 miles or so...
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  8. ginoBBi512

    ginoBBi512 Formula Junior
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    Oct 9, 2016
    My 328 doesnt use any oil, I change it every 3000 miles I would think any newer model Ferrari that uses a quart every 500 miles has a problem. I know that in some cases synthetic oil gets burned up in some engines, but a quart every 5-600 miles , thats a problem, especially knowing that most Ferraris wont be driven with any kind of rigor .
  9. Zanny1

    Zanny1 Formula Junior
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    Dec 19, 2003
    Fountain Hills, Arizona
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    Same here on my '99 Modena.
  10. Marcopolo3382

    Marcopolo3382 Karting

    Sep 24, 2017
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    Marco Daniele
    I am a 360 owner in the memphis area as well. PM me your number if you have any Ferrari questions. As far as oil consumption, I haven’t seen any on my car even up to 3,000 miles of driving.

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  11. Streetsurfer

    Streetsurfer Formula Junior

    Dec 16, 2015
    near Chicago
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    Why would you suspect oil usage? Break it in properly and you should be fine and see little to none. You may use a few ounces over the first few thousand miles but not once rings are well seated. Excess oil consumption is a sign of a problem. There are 40 causes. 38 are mechanical while 2 are oil related. Cars aren’t designed to consume the quantities of oil these days, which you seem to expect. What is acceptable by manufacturers is an entirely different thing. That is merely a legal out for them to not have to look into the cause of the excess consumption.
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  13. tbakowsky

    tbakowsky F1 World Champ
    Professional Ferrari Technician Consultant

    Sep 18, 2002
    The Cold North
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    Expect to burn about 1/2 liter every 5k or so. Change the oil every 8k. Anything more is overkill.
  14. njjanjja

    njjanjja Rookie

    Apr 3, 2018
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    John Adivari
    I drive my 430 Spider when I feel like it usually on the weekends. I have never had to add oil between my yearly services now going back over six years. Wonderful Automobile probably my favorite out of nine high performance vehicles.
  15. Stammler

    Stammler Rookie

    Aug 6, 2017
    Driven my 360 about 5000 miles this year and it has consumed about 0,5quarts.
    I drive it hard but I don’t abuse it.
  16. vrsurgeon

    vrsurgeon F1 World Champ
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    Dec 13, 2009
    Charleston, SC
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    I don't notice any oil consumption with mine. I know it's a stupid comment.. but make sure you're checking it running with engine at normal operating temps as it is a dry sump engine.
  17. khcompt

    khcompt Rookie
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    Dec 11, 2013
    Halifax, Canada
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    Ken Compton
    I purchased my 1999 355 F1 Spider in February 2015 (4th owner). I drive +- 2000 miles a year. Just over 52,000 miles on the clock now. I check the oil about once a month and so far have not had to add oil between services.
  18. Mitch Alsup

    Mitch Alsup F1 Veteran

    Nov 4, 2003
    I took a long trip in my 95 F355B, and before starting the trip I filled the oil to about 3/4 on the dip-stick. After 600 miles (the first day) I checked the stick and found the car had consumed about 1/4 quart. After the second day, the car had consumed nothing, nothing the third day, nothing the 4th day.

    The only thing I can surmise is that when the oil reservoir is above 1/2 way on the dipstick, somehow the engine sucks oil out of the reservoir and when the oil is below 1/2 way; the engine can no longer suck the oil out.

    This is on a F355B with 70K miles on the motor.
  19. Bob’s 360

    Bob’s 360 Rookie

    Mar 30, 2018
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    Bob DeCardenas
    I have a 2003 360 Berlinetta F1 with 36,000 miles. I use Liqui Moly and during oil changes it doesn’t use any oil at all.
  20. Llenroc

    Llenroc F1 Rookie
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    Jun 9, 2004
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    My 2 308s would use a quart or less between changes, about 2000 miles each year. IIRC this was due to the piston/ring design. My 348SS, 355CH with 6000 race miles on it, 512TR and my 458 did/do not use any between changes, anywhere from 2000 to 3000 miles/yr depending on the car. Have always used Redline brand oil, 5-40w or 10-40w depending on the engine.

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