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    Default Help please 1.8 drinking oil and water

    Hi, can you guys give me some advise I have a 1.8 ls vectra on a 53 plate with 215k miles lol and it has developed a thirst for water and oil!

    It started with the oil level light coming on every 4-500 miles and has now developed a thirst for water after doing a thermostat change approx 1-2k miles ago. At first I put it down to air locks etc, but now after being stood in the works carpark for 8hrs or at home the next morning its developed a miss fire which goes after approx 10-20 seconds. Apart from that it drives superb and has no smoke or steam from the exhaust. There is no milky gunk under my oil cap however there appears to be oily droplets under my expansion tank cap. I'm guessing head gasket failure or could it be anything else?

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    Did it drink oil before the water issue appeared? At that miles Id think the rings are worn, and yes looks like your head gasket has now gone too. If your going to keep the car it would be more cost effective just to do an engine swap, low mileage z18xe's are about £350 on ebay etc. The good thing about the z18xe is everything is just a straight swap, no worrying about coding fuel pumps or injectors etc.
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    Yes it did buddy, to be honest I wasn't that bothered about topping it up as excepted that due to the mileage but now the water and misfire issue is starting to worry me. I'd like to keep it but I'd have to get someone to fit it etc as I'm not able too, what would I'd be looking at to get one fitted?

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    About £350-400 Id expect, around 8 hours work for a independent.
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    Hmmmm doesn't sound good for the vectra hardly seems worth spending the money.....

    Cheers for the help tho

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