Originally Posted by 05xrunner
So tonight i checked my oil. I just changed my oil like only 2500miles ago. Last few days i thought I smelled a faint oil smell when driving. I just figured it was some crappy cars around me. Checked it tonight and dipstick had pretty much none on it and ended up being like 2.5qt low. Car has only 10,700miles WTF, there is no oil anywhere outside. not one wet spot under car, nothing in engine bay and nothing on floors. So it must be burning it up like mad. It didnt burn a drop from time i got it till my first oil change. I dont get on the car hard much at all either. Its dove pretty much like a grandpa majority of the time trying to see how high i can get my MPG in city. When I took off oil cap there was a very faint bit of smoke in there. I don know if maybe it was the #8 issue or what. but the car is stock engine wise. So hopefully dealer can figure it out.
As stupid as this sounds, make sure your dipstick is for the 5.0 TiVCT and not the V6 3.7L TiVCT. It sounds extremely absurd, but it has happened before.
Since your car is used, the previous owner could have lost the original dipstick and put in the V6 dipstick instead, which is much shorter.
As a result, if you fill your engine according to a V6 3.7L dipstick. you are overfilling your engine which can be as dangerous to your engine as not having enough oil.
When you go to your appointment, make sure to ask the tech to write on the order to confirm that your dipstick is the correct one.
Other than the other possible causes already beaten to death in this thread, this is the only other possible cause of a low oil reading on the dipstick.