How oil thirsty ARE beats?
I'm new to the fun, but surprisingly small world of kei cars (pun in tended), so forgive me if I offend any owners. I've looked at getting a Beat, as they just seem like a great combination of small convertible sports car and microscopic city run around that you can park in the spaces that other people leave between the door and the kerb. BUT Ive heard that they're thirsty on oil... Is this true? or is it a more noticed occurrence because of their 2.3 litre oil capacity? like trying expect a shot to last a half hour through a pub conversation?
any other help would be appreciated!
Personally I think the oil hungry ones are suffering from piston ring wear, mine was and I know a few other oil hungry ones were. It's no bigger job than any other car but perhaps because they are mid engined they seem to get the most neglect.
as with most kei cars the oil should be changed every 3000 miles i have owned or known six and never had an oil burner
all parts are still available for beats and gavin (type r1) can source parts from japan quite quickly
i would only recommend driving a beat daily if you like a big grin on your face and lots of attention
I think that's my decision then! looked at a few other japs, like the datsun 100A FII coupe, 986cc's of coolness, all have decent insurance quotes and parts circles, really want something interesting and city friendly, like the cappuccino or a mira. any other suggestions for a £3000 quirk?
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My Beat doesn't burn oil but it does use it. My S2000 used a fair bit too. No leaks around it but I know to check the level fairly often. Deliberately keep it below mid point of the two markers as an overfill is potentially bad news I reckon. I use Magnatec branded decent quality oil. Sometimes on offer. (Amazon, Halfords etc so buy double when it's cheap. Recently Amazon's delivered price was much cheaper than anywhere.) Oh, take care when filling it as it's a slow fill and it'll give it back!!!
I know my car isn't a beat it is a suzuki kei but Ive had a bad experience with castrol edge oil latley in that the oil within 500 miles has got black and stinks of fuel, obviously not good. I've swapped over to the Millers 10/60W Nanodrive oil it is expensive at £60 for 6 Litre (5 L + 1L topup) you can get it cheaper if you don't go for the nanodrive, but Ive been using it for over 1500 miles now it is still golden no smell of fuel and minimal usage. as when I first got my K car I was running the 10/40w fully but that got quite difficult to get hold of so i have swapped to the 10/60W which is recommended for high RPM turbo petrol engine. It is a racing oil but I'm a firm believer of if you look after the car it will look after you. Comming up to 20k miles covered since ownership it hasn't missed a beat I change the oil/filter every 3-4k and do the iridium plugs every 10k.
Beats are great fun to drive very go kart like
as for for parts everything is readily available headgaskets, cambelts, waterpumps, valve stems etc etc recently ordered everything for mine as cambelt snapped.
Huge following in Japan still with new aftermarket parts being made all the time, got all sorts imported for mine world is your oyster when it comes to beat parts
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