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VS Ecotec Blowups

hemi01

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I'm thinking of upgrading from VN V6 to VS V6 and have noticed that there are many VS ecotecs with blown up engines around.

They have low Kms (200-300 000) and often say Oil Pump failure or Big End bearing failure.

Is this a common fault with ecotecs in a VS? VTs don't seem to suffer.

I'd hate to get rid of the reliable old Buick for a neater car with a suspect engine.

Thanks, Mick
 

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my vs ment to have 170 on motor and done head gasket
 

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im with vs-6 just keep it well serviced and keep an eye out for any small problems that can cause big issues.
 

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My VS has done total 230k's and its on its third engine, first was done before i got the car (NFI why either and was never told about it) second just ate s**t and died one day (Reco that had 2 years left on warranty that the company didnt honor as it had changed hands :( ) and now a lovley new reco. I have heard all to many people with blown VS engines but then there are thousands and thousands that never have a problem 400000k later... just bad luck or bad ownership, one or the other.
 

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keep up regular oil changes and keep it off the limiter should last many thousands of km's
 

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When the VS was launched, Holden in it's wisdom developed what they called "a lose motor" to try and increase fuel economy. Problem was they used a lot of oil and a lot failed. So they brought out, larger piston and rings and head kits to fix the problem. This I found out from a service manager at the local dealer. Maybe the later the VS the better!
 

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When the VS was launched, Holden in it's wisdom developed what they called "a lose motor" to try and increase fuel economy. Problem was they used a lot of oil and a lot failed. So they brought out, larger piston and rings and head kits to fix the problem. This I found out from a service manager at the local dealer. Maybe the later the VS the better!
my vs calais drinks @ least a 1-2litres of oil a month its ridiculous:( and the motor is only @ 200xxx and its getting a rattly top end! But im not that concerned as long as it gets me from A2B for the next 2 months then the L67 goes in:dance::D
 

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That should be "loose" motor, missed an "o".
 

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Thats interesting and might explain why so many fail with oil pressure/ supply problems.

Sounds like the Ecotec wasn't fully developed prior to release. And owners are still paying the price 15 years later.
 
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