Why is my Skoda Yeti 1.8 TSI drinking oil?

My 2010 petrol 1.8 TSI is drinking oil at 65,000 miles. The missing engine gasket has been replaced (and the sump protector emptied). Would a quality mineral oil last longer than synthetic?

Asked on 10 May 2017 by jeremypaulevans@hotmail.com

Answered by Honest John
Unfortunately it's a fundamental and well known problem with the piston oil rings of this engine. But it is marginally possible that you'll get better mileage out of a 'semi'-synthetic oil than a 'fully'-synthetic. There are also oil additives to slow the oil use down. But there is no quick and easy long-term solution.
Similar questions
I am in the process of rebuilding an engine from the late 1940s. The recommendation, which I am following, is to use running-in oil for the first 500 miles to ensure a good bedding of the piston rings...
I use Castrol XL30 monograde oil in my Ford E93A engine and bulk buying is cheaper. What would be the shelf life of the oil?
Have there been any reports of rusting on the Ford Transit Custom?
Related models
Unique styling. Solid build. Excellent petrol engines including frugal yet peppy 1.2 TSI. Good space in the back. Frugal 1.6 TDI Greenline can return 60mpg+. Much loved model.

Ask Honest John

Value my car