The story goes......
Got a Barra XLS Ute (I6) about a month & a half ago (March 04 build), upgrade from an XH. Was bloody happy with it when I got it, the thing rides and handles so well. It didn't seem to have the power that a 182kw motor should (relative to the old XH, or an EL I6 sedan I have), but figured it was just running in. However all good things must come to end I suppose, about 2 weeks after I got the thing (about 1000km on the clock for gawd sakes
) the oil pressure alarm came up on the dash. Checked the oil....the thing was down to add on the dipstick. Took it back to the dealer and they checked it out, scratched their heads, added some oil (they reckon about 1 litre) and sent me on my way.
Anyway have been running it since, and took it back for the 3000km service. Checked before I went in and the damn thing was back down to the add on the dipstick. Voiced my concern to the dealership, as I have NEVER had a Ford motor chew oil from scratch like this once. Incidentally it still doesn't have the pick up of the EL, particularly at low revs, but I digress. Since then I have been checking around under the bonnet a bit, keeping an eye on things, and for some reason I shone the torch on the block and noticed the thing was bloody rusty. Having seen this I have looked closer over the motor and it also has rusty shafts on the pulleys.
Getting to the point, I was wondering if anyone else out there has noticed similar issues with their motors (ie is the block or other parts rusty?!). Is this now normal, particularly for a 2month old build? Could the fact it is rusty point to the possibility this motor was sitting for a while before being installed in the ute on the production line, causing some issue when it was first started up..hence the oil consumption?
I don't know what the go is, but it is using oil and does have a rusty block and rusty pulley shafts. This just doesn't seem normal (in my experience) for a Ford motor, particularly the I6 as I have never known them to rusty or oil guzzlers when new.
Much appreciate if people have any ideas/suggestions