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My car only has 56,000 miles on it but seems to be consuming a lot of oil. on 1996 Toyota Tercel

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There is no noticable leakage or any colored smoke coming from the exhaust. The car has had all of its scheduled maintainence checks. It is burning about a quart for every 500 miles.
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Yeah that's low miles for that car. Maybe something serious but what weight of oil you use? Put piece of cardboard under car at night and see if you have a leak that your weren't noticing before. If so look carefully above where leak is.