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Used 3.5 quarts of oil in 4000 miles - 2005 Chevrolet Uplander

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That is still within the factory spec for normal oil useage. one quart every 750 is considered excessive, i do agree that it should be less, but if this is a warranty issue u are out of luck, they won't do anything.

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