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General Chat Thread, Car problems in General; Originally Posted by Jamo What can I say its a turbo charged high performance super vehicle. Its had a good ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamo View Post
    What can I say its a turbo charged high performance super vehicle.

    Its had a good ride tbh, 150000 miles isn't so bad for a car of its age!
    I have had cars with 150k that use no oil at all. My present one has 130K and not using anything significant. the Nissan engine is a modern one so should eb good for 200K+ if looked after.

    Rob

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    Quote Originally Posted by twin--turbo View Post
    I have had cars with 150k that use no oil at all. My present one has 130K and not using anything significant. the Nissan engine is a modern one so should eb good for 200K+ if looked after.

    Rob
    Likewise, I had a 'dreaded' Vectra which I liked and kept till 200k kms. It did not burn or leak any noticeable amount of oil. It was the 2.5l though which were apparently better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    Some dodgy garage owners there then. Dead easy to work on and permanent fixes are doable without having the engine out of the bay. If I can do it in a few hours outside my house then I'm sure anyone with half a brain can too! (I'm not a mechanic.) I do know they're the most important modern petrol engine.
    Yes, i advised someone how to replace one last weekend when their timing belt snapped. He wasn't a mechanic either. However if the head gasket has gone then the head should be measured and skimmed, something a little tricky to do on a drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twin--turbo View Post
    I have had cars with 150k that use no oil at all. My present one has 130K and not using anything significant. the Nissan engine is a modern one so should eb good for 200K+ if looked after.

    Rob
    Lol yeah its not like I want it to use the oil! It definitely is though! It could come down to the fact that it was a hire car originally, for the first 3 years of its life.

    It's done ok though, never failed an MOT. (In the voice of Jeremy Clarkson) UNTIL NOW!

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    Ok update time...

    All fluid containers look ok. Coolant low but not empty. Oil a nice black colour both under the cap and on the dip stick. Pipes from rad to engine look like they've seen better days.

    Drove back to Norwich, 15mi, with no obvious problems other than a bit of steam at the lights as I went through the city.

    Mechanic is going to change the hoses tomorrow and refill the coolant. Told me off for not topping up with water. Apparently the system could be empty but will not empty the reservoir. He also said the headgasket may/may have gone, which is £500 - ouch.

    Fingers crossed tomorrow that the new pipes and top up fixes it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post
    headgasket may/may have gone, which is £500 - ouch.
    That's cheap!

    Rob

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