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  1. Big Red VF-SII Go-kart

    Does untuned better flowing intake result in loss of low end torque

    Not true at all. This furphy has been doing the rounds for years and subsequently shot down. Here's the real problem: incorrect recharging of the filter. If you soak your filter in a paint-roller tray and slap it in, you're going to have more serious problems than a fouled MAF sensor! The native...
  2. Big Red VF-SII Go-kart

    My link extremely dim after accidentally pressing return to factory settings trying to unpair previous owners bluetoohed phones

    Day / Night / Automatic. Select Automatic in the menu. If Factory Reset has been done, as the OP has stated, I wonder if the software as a result of the reset defaults to its native first version? I truly would not use Factory Reset of MyLink except as a very, very last resort or under...
  3. Big Red VF-SII Go-kart

    MAF Sensor

    You have a point there, absolutely. Yes, meant to be done with a very fine spray, like an atomiser (K&Ns own; I would use an atomiser bowl attached to Karcher when the time comes, which is I think at least 70,000km from this point...). The notion that people are going in there and "cleaning my...
  4. Big Red VF-SII Go-kart

    MAF Sensor

    Who said the MAF sensor actually needs cleaning? Oh—! Evidence please. I have an oil-filled air filter and the MAF sensor is routinely expected each service (13K-plus since installation). There is no evidence of oil-staining.
  5. Big Red VF-SII Go-kart

    VF Holden Commodore Issues and Faults

    I'm more inclined to think the paint was a DIY job rather than insurance. When my VZ came back I could not believe the level of detail: no overspray anywhere, a shiny new VIN plate, new radiator, coolant reservoir... perfect match of paint.. I have experience in vehicle/household insurance...
  6. Big Red VF-SII Go-kart

    VF Holden Commodore Issues and Faults

    Where there is damage in the engine bay that has mangled the metalwork to which the VIN plate is attached, it is normal for smash repairers to remove the VIN plate, or, if that too is mangled, seek authority for a replacement (identical details). I know this from when my VZ was bingled on the...
  7. Big Red VF-SII Go-kart

    Driver side glass replacement

    An Australian icon, with parts from China, cobbled together in Australia. Uncomfortable home truths...
  8. Big Red VF-SII Go-kart

    Driver side glass replacement

    I think it is unwise to forego windscreen and/or glass cover. All credit to the OP for the DIY approach and thoroughness, but most of us don't have that time nor inclination to go down that route. I have window and windscreen glass breakage cover included in the premium ($74.02 a month), with I...
  9. Big Red VF-SII Go-kart

    VF2 SS LS3 Tinking/High Pitch Knocking Noise from Engine Bay

    I would hazard a good guess at the belt tensioner pulley, right side of engine. This nefarious, old-tech but stressed piece of machinery has failed at some stage on every V6 I have had from 1992, but not the present VF (yet!). Cheap and easy to fix.
  10. Big Red VF-SII Go-kart

    That New Car Smell

    Yes, I have that aroma in my VF too (not farts, but a perennial fresh, "new car" smell! It's an impressive change from the filthy sock smell that populated the VZ, and the rotten bananas that despoliated the long-serving redoubtable Toyota CSi wagon (VP Commodore-cross) long before it! Other...
  11. Big Red VF-SII Go-kart

    E10, 95 or 98 for pure dollar for distance travelled LS3

    It's actually a 30cpl difference. Doesn't worry me. Also, I pay for my own fuel. I do not use a work account like some colleagues do. And I don't tootle about. Verboten. When she's taken out, she gets to stretch her legs and relax at moderately intensive revs. No cruising the 'burbs. I use my...
  12. Big Red VF-SII Go-kart

    Reading spark plugs - when to change

    I do! I'm a bit panicked by this figure. Going to bring it down to the holy grail of 3.9L soon. (Still, this was from headbutting a headwind for 72km, so still reasonable).
  13. Big Red VF-SII Go-kart

    Driver side glass replacement

    Oh dear. I do hope that the cruise control disables when I want it to! The very last thing I want is to be hurtling past the fish and chippery at 100km/h (50km/h zone) yelling, "can't stop, my stick is stuck, help!"
  14. Big Red VF-SII Go-kart

    E10, 95 or 98 for pure dollar for distance travelled LS3

    More or less true. But this (cleaning) will not happen overnight. Nor with one tank. Or three. It will pay back when you are using the same fuel over many thousands of kilometres of highway/freeway driving. I speak from long experience, not some glossy marketing brochure. With SIDI engines, the...
  15. Big Red VF-SII Go-kart

    Driver side glass replacement

    LOL! No harm done. Somebody here said that there is a lot of Chinee-made components in the VF. The indicator/washer stalks (?). What else?
  16. Big Red VF-SII Go-kart

    Key fob won’t open the doors but ignition starts with key

    One thing I'm loath to recommend is to reset the Vehicle Security system settings through the MyLink menu cascade. This will reset everything to factory settings (I think maps will remain intact, but not sure about software version — two different things). The means of doing this is in one of...
  17. Big Red VF-SII Go-kart

    E10, 95 or 98 for pure dollar for distance travelled LS3

    Mm-hm. Like the SV6. Re-badged Commodore. Without the COMMODORE badge. So says me. Whatev... ;)
  18. Big Red VF-SII Go-kart

    E10, 95 or 98 for pure dollar for distance travelled LS3

    I maintain that you should be using PULP 95 or 98 in your Clubby rather than anything cheaper because of budget restraints. There are thousands of everyday needs out there that cost much more than e.g. $1.28/L for a top-up of PULP. The gap you pay for your Doctor visit is just one example. Put...
  19. Big Red VF-SII Go-kart

    Key fob won’t open the doors but ignition starts with key

    Mine is push-button; I did it once last year (I got a fright, as I was in the middle of nowhere north of Coober Pedy). The owner's manual makes no differentiation between key-operated or push-button start, same bypass described using console box. OP has stated car starts with key but the remote...
  20. Big Red VF-SII Go-kart

    Driver side glass replacement

    Why hasn't the OP raised this broken window with his/her insurer? I would be concerned that a DIY window replacement would affect insurance cover. In central Australia earlier this year my car was in the scorching heat a couple of times, but no such malaise with windows popping, cracking or...
  21. Big Red VF-SII Go-kart

    Driver side glass replacement

    The exploding glass is a result of poor tolerances during tempering, which is common in China where there is poor quality control with an emphasis on mass production at all and any cost. Happens also with cladding that fails fire safety standards here in Australia and overseas. I don't think...
  22. Big Red VF-SII Go-kart

    E10, 95 or 98 for pure dollar for distance travelled LS3

    PULP98 has mysteriously come down again here in the deep south of Victoria after a high of $1.80/L last week. It's now $1.28/L. Here' the math: Lockdown finished —> More cars on the road = ideal time to fleece the the travelling public as they relish their newly-granted freedoms of moving about...
  23. Big Red VF-SII Go-kart

    Reading spark plugs - when to change

    You bet! Drivers, travellers... those with a real-world, need-for-reliability and longer service intervals ... view longer service intervals as a blessing, and over the last few years the intervals have become longer as cars become more sophisticated in their engineering and management...
  24. Big Red VF-SII Go-kart

    Key fob won’t open the doors but ignition starts with key

    When you are inside the car try this instead of putting the remote in the bowl in front of the cup-holders: Open the centre console box and, with the key-end of the remote, insert it into the slot where the USB port is. A message on the DIC should come up to indicate if there is something wrong...
  25. Big Red VF-SII Go-kart

    Reading spark plugs - when to change

    Those plugs look absolutely fried, with virtually nothing at the tip to fire. I agree totally that the reason for this (<50k) needs to be established, and very preferably before putting in new plugs. The IR/PL NGK plugs are characterised as 'hot plugs' and very long life for these engines. I...
  26. Big Red VF-SII Go-kart

    Are VF's going to be collectables?

    And how much was the original owner offered as a trade-in? There is a bit of opportunistic profiteering going on, not solely because of the pandemic, but milking the pandemic for all it's worth, plus some. In can speak from experience that they would have been offered baked beans ... around...
  27. Big Red VF-SII Go-kart

    Reading spark plugs - when to change

    After prolonged, high speed travel the plugs will be greyish-white with minimal blackening of the thread base. The black looks to have a bit of luminance about it — is this oil?? Why are you replacing them? The plugs also appear out-of-gap, but still serviceable. Scheduled replacement is around...
  28. Big Red VF-SII Go-kart

    E10, 95 or 98 for pure dollar for distance travelled LS3

    What?? The SV6 doesn't need a 'tune' to run or be optimised for 98.
  29. Big Red VF-SII Go-kart

    Are VF's going to be collectables?

    Collectable — at what price? Judging by this little chestnut on display here in Geelong seen this morning, prices on the used market are heading north. $32,000 and 112,598k. Lordy, lordy!! :eek: November 5th 2019 I only splashed out $24,700 (after trade-in of VZ: mangy man offered $1,400 for...
  30. Big Red VF-SII Go-kart

    E10, 95 or 98 for pure dollar for distance travelled LS3

    They do seem to by Toyota Hybrids here down in the Deep South. The driver just a few doors away from me had to have his seat specifically lowered by Toyota because his humungous electric-blue turban caused him to be squeezed hard against the roof! o_O Other than that, and the soft-plastic...
  31. Big Red VF-SII Go-kart

    Are VF's going to be collectables?

    No. None of VZ, VE or the current VF. Speaking from long experience with a VZ, which came off CFA duties at Fiskville and Bendigo North, they are driven hard just about every hour of the day. They are not pussy-footed like enthusiasts and their Garage Queens! True, they are religiously serviced...
  32. Big Red VF-SII Go-kart

    Engine won't start

    Come to think of it, yes, and it is a similar system with those VFs that have push button start. Many owners of the VF are not aware of this! In the event of a flat battery in the remote key, the VF remote is placed into a slot in the forward inside face of the console box above the USB port...
  33. Big Red VF-SII Go-kart

    Vf2 fail

    ESP (Electronic Stability Program) and related TCS (Traction Control System) are reflected messages from engine fuel management, most often involving one or more injectors leading to misfires, hence the rough idling you speak of, which should be completely absent in the SIDI V6 engines. When an...
  34. Big Red VF-SII Go-kart

    Vf2 fail

    Is that Holden's new car warranty of the Harrier National warranty specific to used cars?
  35. Big Red VF-SII Go-kart

    Vf2 fail

    There are no known published or anecdotal timing chain issues forward of the Series 1 VF SV6. The issue certainly plagued a few thousand early Series 1 VEs, and certainly a few thousand more within a specific engine serial range, in the preceding model, the VZ. It would be best for you to...
  36. Big Red VF-SII Go-kart

    E10, 95 or 98 for pure dollar for distance travelled LS3

    It's the NZ currency difference that bites compared to what you observe in Australia. I don't know what NZ imported petrol is measured by e.g. Tapos Crude (Singapore gate) or Brent Crude that also plays into the cost beside currency difference. In my experience, everything in NZ has been...
  37. Big Red VF-SII Go-kart

    E10, 95 or 98 for pure dollar for distance travelled LS3

    None or any of the VFs need — in absolute or theoretical terms, a "tune" to perform better with any fuel. Riddle me this: why was I (or reflect to millions of others) never bothered getting a tune with a VZ or the current VF? As I stated above with a handful of examples, of course there are...
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