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    Vehicle : Lada

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    Engine : 6.0 V12

    Year : 1954

    Thumbs up Ecoflex servicing and 2 years of ownership

    Well 2 days short of 2 years of ownership, and 3 days short of 2 years since the first service I performed on it, and just over 15k, the spanner and oil can finally pinged up on the dash this morning. Sorry I know its meant to help save money, but thats just wrong IMO. Ok so i've been a tad over zealous when it comes to servicing, its had 5 oil and filter changes in those 2 years(2nd one was only 1.5K after the first) but I do believe that spending £25 or less(cheapest was £13 when Asda had magnatec on offer at £10), is the best way to lengthen the life of any engine. The z18xe can be prone to piston rings so fresh oil makes sense to help prolong their life.
    Whats gone wrong? Well other than normal servicing? A thermostat, £10, brake pads all around, £45, and the timing belt had reached its 6 years mark so was changed (£50 + a bottle of OVD). Oh and the Heat shield for the centre section fell off, but thats it. TBH not bad for a car that I bought at auction and only paid £1800 for. I am easily returning 41mpg, and everything still works, and many many many thing have been added, and all because the Cigar Lighter didnt work, lol. Its also passed 3 MOT's with flying colours too. I remember the EML light coming on after only 1 day and thinking WTF have I done, its still on to this day(it clears every now and again), lol, i'll get that second lambda sensor changed eventually. Other than that its been totally reliable.
    Things still to do? Chrome window strips, standard twin exhuast system(hidden pipes), would love Folding mirrors and tbh thats it.

    Thanks again folks, this forum has emptied my wallet and raped my credit card, but I've made loads of new friends and learned more than my brain can remember.

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    Agreed with all the above. Even if nothing else is done on the car, regular oil and filter changes equal a healthy engine.

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    i agree this forrum has emptied my wallet many times,oh well back to searching for those alloys.

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    good info there ewan as you know ive got the same as you

    a vectra 1.8ls petrol 04 reg z18xe
    i bought the car 2 years old from new with 19000 miles on it
    faults since ive had it are all common on this forum

    arb bushes
    rad mounts
    thermostat replaced at 53000 miles
    wiper linkage broke
    resistor pack due to leak in scuttle tray
    camshaft sensor
    at 62500miles the waterpump started leaking so replaced cambelt tensioners and rollers and waterpump
    and fuel filter
    mileage now on 64000 miles

    i use GM 5W-30 DEXOS 2 FULLY SUPER SYNTHETIC OIL every 10000 miles

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    ewan what mileage is yours on ?

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    57k now ste.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DasArab View Post
    57k now ste.
    im only 7k in front of you

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