I serviced my girlfriends VS on the weekend and full credit to Holden really, have to give credit where credit is due.
This car has done 190k now and about 100k in the last three years since she has owned it and from the second I lifted the bonnet I was surprised, not a single oil leak looks to have ever happened, I get under it and the same, nothing, no oil leaks of any kind, I have yet to see a Ford with this many km still so clean, even my dads new AU3 ute has a little oil seepage here and there.
The next thing I notice is just how easy the car is to service, I have serviced my EB XR8, XC-EL falcons and none even come close to these for ease of servicing, everything is just in the right place and easy to get too.
Anyway enough praise for one day, although very impressed, well done GMH on a top class vehicle.
Car's I have owned. First car purchased in July 1994, in order of ownership.
VC Valiant 245Hemi, 280zx Nissan 5 speed, 88 EA 3.9CFI,94 ED Gli X Chaser, 79 FC LTD, 351, FMX, 91 EA2 Fairmont Ghia, 1999 AU S pack, 2000 AU Forte, 1992 EB2 XR8, 2001 AU2 SR, 2002 VX2 Acclaim, 2002 VX2 Manual S pack,2003 BA XR6 manual, 2001 VX2 Berlina.
Heh gave my VP V6 daily hack wagon a complete service recently from radiator to engine mounts. Only one leak and was from a worn rocker cover gasket. Its done 155,000 now. Almost too simple to service and fix to me. :) Also freaking cheap as well. People may bag out the 3800 V6 but it may be rough as guts and not as high tech but hasn't let me down yet.
With my friends VS he had the opposite it leaked like a siv & several Holden dealerships & servos never got it fixed. I also found the plugs & leads a pain in the arse to changed with that ridiculous hunk of plastic on top of it
I noticed mine only started weeping oil after I changed to 15w30. Now the thing just weeps like mad. Then there is the electrical dramas and the body creaks and dodgy auto but all in all I'm happy with it. Now if it was a BA Fairmont 5.4 wagon I would LOVE it.
Nothing on this earth beats holding your newborn child for the first time.
I did my apprenticeship at a holden dealer during the VN to VT days and I must agree with BOF on this one. The V6 commie engine bays were a pleasure to work in.
As for oil leaks, I would almost guarentee that any V6 commie of that series with no oil leaks has already had the motor out to re-do the rear main, sump and bearing cap seals. Towards the end of my time we were doing 2 or 3 a day. I had done so many that I could confidently do 2 a day on my own. Thats engine and trans out, sump and bearing cap off and then all back again.
The weird thing was that it was really quite easy to fix these oil leaks. Just a matter of doing a clean and by the book job on the seals, and they would never leak again. I could never understand why they couldn't get it right at the factory.
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