Seville STS

Excessive Engine Oil Consumption on Cadillac Seville STS

Problem Description and Possible Solution

Vehicles equipped with the 4.6L engine may develop excessive oil consumption. Please be advised that under optimum driving conditions, using one quart of oil every 2000 miles is acceptable. This Cadillac standard applies to vehicles with less that 50,000 miles. Our technicians tell us that if you experience excessive oil consumption it may be caused by built up on the piston rings which restricts movement, preventing them from wiping all the oil from the cylinder walls. Oil left behind is then burned during the combustion process. There is a special ring cleaning procedure which can help this situation. The GM service bulletin number is #02-06-01-009C.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 110,106 (30,000–213,000)
8 model years affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, more2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
37 people reported this problem
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Cadillac Seville STS was almost out of oil ("Check Oil Level" status message came on) after a 380 mile highway drive. Oddly, there do not appear to be signs of significant oil leakage under the car. Other than this the car runs perfectly. Wondering what "normal" oil consumption is for this car (considering its price and luxury status).
Uses 1 quart every 900 miles. I just bought the car with 83k. Took it on a 2500 mile trip and needed 3 quarts. I tried the flooring it cleaning method but didn't seem to do the doing the trick. No leaks noted in or under the car next try the piston clean as noted.
I've been burning 1 qt/tank of gas for the past 100,000 miles. I can now smoke out anyone behind me if I stomp the gas a bit.
cas sucks oil smakes bad and dealer did nothing this car burned oil sene new and leaked also run hot now needs head gaskets due to gms fraud on the public we need to sue for this my car has 108k and itsalways ran hot used oil and now needs new engine caue of gms scam they need to be sued for this fraud
Dealer indicated within specs. Just learned of the cleaning procedure prior to this website, thinking of trying. Has anybody else had success with this service??
I need to add oil about every 1,000 miles. Oil does not leak onto dive way surface. No repairs have been made to this problem.
Bought this beautiful Red 2002 STS with 51,000 miles. It now has 120,000 miles. It uses a quart of oil about every 700 miles. Not since I was poor and drove old Fords have I had to carry oil in the trunk! Such a wonderful car to be so dissapointed in. I also have the TCC solenoid problem with the transmission. I just didn't expect this from my favorite car company.
I bought a 1999 Cadillac STS about a year ago from a friend. It had low miles (67,000) and good price. However, my mechanic told me when I went in that it was "out of oil". No leaks under the oil pan. He said it was a valve, burning oil. Since there are a whopping 32 valves to cause troubles, that's no surprise. That was about 5 months ago. It has started smoking a bit, even with a short drive of 10 miles. I can only guess what it will be like in a few months! A second shop said there was a "valve problem", and a new engine was the answer. Well, it was not MY answer, since I live on Social Security! I'm now attempting the miraculous: trying to find a shop that's honest, fair and reasonable - in that order. Or, someone who works in a shop and also moon lights on the side. In the meantime, both garages said, "Just keep putting oil in it". That doesn't seem like a good long-term solution. If anyone knows what to do, or someone who is savvy, a reply would be greatly appreciated. Stranded in Placerville in luxury!
my cadi seems to use "ALOT" of oil, although we haven't noticed it coming out from exhaust, or excessive leaking.