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Old 12-18-2001, 17:41   #1 (permalink)
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Question Gen III LS1 Engine Reliability

Yeah just wondering after reading a number of LS1 members complaints about there engines, i'm wondering is there anyone who owns an LS1 powered car thats done 150,000km+ with no dramas and running stronge like a traditional V8.

Seems all the guys are getting piston slap, smoke, oil drinking at like under 50k.

Some of you LS1 guys may be able to shed some light.
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Old 12-18-2001, 17:46   #2 (permalink)
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My brother has a VX SS and to my knowledge I don't think he has had any problems (although he hasn't done 150,000).
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Old 12-18-2001, 18:14   #3 (permalink)
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I occasionally see posts on LS1.Com where they do a 'milage check' Theres usually a few people on their with 150-200k Miles....

Maybe Hobbes could start another 'milage check' thread over there
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I occasionally see posts on LS1.Com where they do a 'milage check' Theres usually a few people on their with 150-200k Miles....

Maybe Hobbes could start another 'milage check' thread over there
hehehe yeah cars done 100km and still running strong.

Seriously, though i'd be a pretty bad engine especially for a V8 if it doesn't last. If Inline 6's can go up to 700k, then V8's should last longer.
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Old 12-18-2001, 18:55   #5 (permalink)
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I dont think its fair comparing an engine like the LS1 which in alot of cases is modified and driven HARD to a Falcon Taxi cab...

Im sure an LS1 taxi would last just as long as a 4.0L Falcon engine, if not longer.
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Old 12-18-2001, 19:50   #6 (permalink)
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I think it's unfair to compare anything to a Taxi, even an identical car, being a Taxi is a lifestyle for a car and because they are not warming up all the time like all of our cars each day is the simple reason they last. The gen 3 is an engine everyone flogs, you simply can't drive a Commy with a Gen3 and not give it a hard time, unlike most people who buy your 3.8lt and 4.0lt sixes. The Gen3 is a damn good engine no doubt about it but like most engines (Ford included) sometimes quality is not 100% and it Kicks the bucket or drinks oil like a 2 stroke. I know the Ford dealer in this town has replaced 5 AU engines this year due to excessive oil consumption (brand new). Those living in glass houses...........
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Yeah i agree can't compare a taxi with a regular car, just that i'm curious to know if there are any GenIII owners who have driven long km's with no troubles.
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My mates cousin has his VT SS for 3 weeks and had to take it back to the dealer because it just didn't want to start one morning. Can't remember what was wrong with it but about 6 weeks later he blew the engine. I think it had something to do with high oil pressure and he hasn't had any problems since.
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I fleet at work is all Commodores (except for 1 XR8 Pursuit Ute Hee Hee) & I can tell you they the worst built cars ever in the last year we've had 5 have major faliures in the first week alone they are an absolute joke & for one not to have major problems some time in the 12 months we keep them is an exception rather then the norm.
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An acquaintance of mine has put a deposit on a new SS. He asked the dealer about the apparent oil troubles with the Gen3 and was assured that they have now introduced bigger journals to stop the problem.
Guess what.....he still put a deposit down. Dickhead. Didn't want to wait for the 250 Pursuit. Said that the XR8 didn't match the SS's level of fit and finish.
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