I think it is quite obvious that they suggest you to check the oil in the first few thousand miles, which you did not. Even after the engine run dry, you still didn't check it. Lol you said it happened several times, I mean I would start checking the oil more frequently if something like this happened to me, and it sure wouldn't happen for a second time.Pretty obvious even if I did it won't have made a difference, it was a lemon from the get go. To pacify you, yes I read the manual when I had it. Nowhere did it say I burn oil so please check me religiously. It has the same jargin that other auto manufacturers put in there for the sake of legalities to not drive it like you stole it and check your fluids now and then, not every day, not every week and certainly not every time you drive it.
Here is a snippet:
ENGINE BREAK-IN RECOMMENDATIONS A long break-in period is not required for the engine and drivetrain (transmission and axle) in your vehicle.Drive moderately during the first 300 miles (500 km).After the initial 60 miles (100 km), speeds up to 50 or55 mph (80 or 90 km/h) are desirable.While cruising, brief full-throttle acceleration within the limits of local traffic laws contributes to a good break-in.Wide-open throttle acceleration in low gear can be detrimental and should be avoided.THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 83 The engine oil installed in the engine at the factory is a high-quality energy conserving type lubricant. Oil changes should be consistent with anticipated climate conditions under which vehicle operations will occur. For the recommended viscosity and quality grades, refer to"Maintenance Procedures" in "Maintaining Your Vehicle".
NOTE: A new engine may consume some oil during its first few thousand miles (kilometers) of operation. This should be considered a normal part of the break-in and not interpreted as an indication of difficulty.
"Some" oil, some in my definition would be maybe a half a quart, quarter of a quart not 5-6 quarts and certainly not 15 quarts like mine did in 10k miles. It only ate more as the miles went up. The OP is saying before the first 3k miles it ate all his oil, mine did the same. I'm still waiting for you to say that's normal. opcorn: Anyone will tell you that it's not. You don't have to change the oil per the manual for 5k mile intervals. The OP, myself, and many others never got to that interval with mileage or date.
When that low oil pressure indicator comes up it means shes dry (less than a quart) but of course FCA cannot account to where that oil goes, it magically disappears. The Compass is clearly a magician.
I am pretty sure if you maintained the oil level in the first 3-6k mile, oil consumption would stop or drop to very low amounts (which is the case for almost anyone here who maintained their oil level above low). I also got something like 1 qt consumption in the first 1000 miles or so, but since the 6-8k miles mark, I am getting zero consumption. You turned it into a permanent issue by repeatedly running the engine dry, which of course caused extreme wear and increased oil consumption over time. It is not normal for an engine to consume 5-6 qts in 3k miles, but if it consumes 1qt in 1k mile and you dont bother to add oil, it will be running with low oil that point forward. And this will in turn increase the oil consumption even more. So basically due to the wear of running on low oil, it can consume 1qt in the first 1k(which is normal for a new engine), 2qt in the next 1k and 3qt in the next 1k, which will add up to 6qt in 3k miles, but the 5qts are a result of owner negligence. This is what I mean by you ruined the engine.