Protege loosing oil?

So I have been looking for someone to have had this problem already but they are all a little different. My car eats oil and I have no clue where it's going when I park there is no big puddle and my car does not smoke out the tail pipe but after a few hundred miles it's 1-2 quarts low. Anyone have any clue what's going on? My buddy was saying maybe I need a catch can for the car but idk it just hit 218,000 miles so maybe it's rebuild time. I don't know, please let me know what you think, thanks.
 
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2003 protege 5
Not sure about year or engine size but i do know the 2.0 engines in the early 2000s have a tendency to burn oil. Sometimes a LOT. It seems the oil rings get gummed up on the pistons and the consumption begins. Guys have used seafoam in the oil per instructions to help clean up the sludge and gunk and change oil every few hundred miles. Many times it helps slow the consumption considerably. Search seafoaming mazda 2.0 on here.
For starters you could check the pcv and clean/replace if its gummed up. Also make sure the spark plug seals are good or oil can leak into there as well. If your car uses oil id suggest not using synthetic and at least 10w30 if not a bit thicker.
 
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Not sure about year or engine size but i do know the 2.0 engines in the early 2000s have a tendency to burn oil. Sometimes a LOT. It seems the oil rings get gummed up on the pistons and the consumption begins. Guys have used seafoam in the oil per instructions to help clean up the sludge and gunk and change oil every few hundred miles. Many times it helps slow the consumption considerably. Search seafoaming mazda 2.0 on here.
For starters you could check the pcv and clean/replace if its gummed up. Also make sure the spark plug seals are good or oil can leak into there as well. If your car uses oil id suggest not using synthetic and at least 10w30 if not a bit thicker.
Yes it’s a 2003 2.0 and okay I’ll look into seafoaming it and why not use synthetic? I use Valvoline high mileage 10-30 right now.
 
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2003 protege 5
If you burn oil you’re just throwing money away. Synthetic where I like is like $8 or $9 a quart. Reg oil is like $4 or $5. If you’re burning it why keep spending more? Also there are alot of stories about oil leaks popping up when guys switch to a synthetic oil in a higher mileage engine. So if your engine was a regular oil engine for most of its life and you started using synthetic it is possible it introduced some leaks at the seals.

My 03 p5 has 175k miles and ive used reg oil since it was new. 10w30 and change it every 3000 and its happy. Uses about 1/2 quart every 3000 and no leaks to date.

The seafoam can be added to each oil change to keep it clean but alot of guys do several oil changes every couple hundred miles at first with like 1/2 the bottle to get alot of the initial gunk out. I’ve read 3 or 4 oil changes like that before seeing any reduction in consumption. Ymmv but a few oil changes and seafoam is way cheaper than engine work. I like to try easy fixes before expensive ones.
 
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So I have been looking for someone to have had this problem already but they are all a little different. My car eats oil and I have no clue where it's going when I park there is no big puddle and my car does not smoke out the tail pipe but after a few hundred miles it's 1-2 quarts low. Anyone have any clue what's going on? My buddy was saying maybe I need a catch can for the car but idk it just hit 218,000 miles so maybe it's rebuild time. I don't know, please let me know what you think, thanks.
I had to laugh a bit at this post. To be clear, not at you kmoney59, just at the nature of the question. I had this literal exact question when I first bought my car. I've never seen a drop of oil on the ground. I eventually came around to realizing that these 2.0 engines can burn a lot of oil.

For me, the question after realizing that was always "how long is it going to last if it's burning this much oil." Naturally, it's a quick death if you run out of oil, but it's easy to keep topped off. I'll agree with everything that sleeprp5 said, those are all great suggestions. If you browse around here and the Protege5 section, there are lots of discussions about this.
 
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I had to laugh a bit at this post. To be clear, not at you kmoney59, just at the nature of the question. I had this literal exact question when I first bought my car. I've never seen a drop of oil on the ground. I eventually came around to realizing that these 2.0 engines can burn a lot of oil.

For me, the question after realizing that was always "how long is it going to last if it's burning this much oil." Naturally, it's a quick death if you run out of oil, but it's easy to keep topped off. I'll agree with everything that sleeprp5 said, those are all great suggestions. If you browse around here and the Protege5 section, there are lots of discussions about this
Yeah it just baffles me, I thought it would smoke more being as I have a straight pipe if it was burning oil but I guess it just slide under the radar and yeah I’m gonna do what sleeprp5 said and see what happens. I know 2 or 3 owners and when my buddy’s owned the car I help them work on being the reason I got the car because I knew all the problems it had and fixed them when I got the car for cheap, put a few thousand in and it was still cheaper than a new car.
 
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