User Tag List

Thanks Thanks:  0
Likes Likes:  0
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 13

Thread: 1.8 VVT engine failure

  1. #1
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Shropshire
    Problems Posted
    0
    Problems Solved
    0
    Best Answers
    0
    Good Answers
    0
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Vehicle InfoStats





    Default 1.8 VVT engine failure

    Just thought I'd let you guys whats going on...

    The car was brought brand new just over two years ago, and within a couple of months a just under 2k it was back at the dealership. We complained that the oil light to way tolong to extingish from cold, and that after a motorway run, when the engine dropped to tick over the oil light would breifly come on. Vauxhall changed the oil preasure sensor and told us to come back at 4,000 miles. They had overfilled the oil to stop the light coming on.

    At 4k we phoned the dealership, asking to book it in again and they asked if it was any worse. We said no and they said bring it back if it gets worse, that was that.

    We ourselves then changed the oil to a full synthetic 0-30w castrol edge, which helped the cold start problem but the oil light would still very ocassionaly briefly flicker when the engine was very hot off a motorway.

    We lived with the problem on good faith that if anything went wrong vauxhall would fix it for us.

    We have been very loyal to the vauxhall brand over the years, actually having 9 brand new vauxhalls in the last 10 years. We have five vauxhalls at the moment, two vectras on 56 and 58 plates, two corsas on 57 and 09 plates and a 53 reg frontera.

    We continued to change the oil ourselves using the best oil and genuine parts believing it benifitted the engine more than vauxhalls equilvent fix of over filling the oil! It has been changed three times in 30,000miles and two years.


    THe engine suddenly started to get worse very quicky, the oil light was coming on more and more, and the engine was now rattly, something it only did at start up before it now does all the time.

    Now the oil light take around ten seconds to extingish from cold start, it comes on if it is left runnig on a hill and goes in and out of 'gimp' mode all the time. It is now sitting in the garage, unused becaus of the iminate failure.

    Vauxhall never wanted to try and fix the engine as every dealler seemed to have little knowledge of the vvt mechanisium, insteed suggestting enigne replacement, but because we have missed one vauxhall service, they will not do it under warranty.

    The top end is worn, vvt mechanisium is worn, compression is down.

    We are now searching for another engine from a crashed car.

    Lesson learned; car should have been rejected from new, do not rely on good faith as a loyal customer, and always let the dealership service it, even if you do so yourself afterwards.

  2. #2
    Regular Member Tadpole's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    'I haven’t lost my marbles, they’re in a bag somewhere? .. '
    Problems Posted
    0
    Problems Solved
    0
    Best Answers
    0
    Good Answers
    0
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Vehicle InfoStats





    Default

    Sorry to hear of your very poor experience with this dealer. Gone are the days of good faith I’m afraid it’s a case of reject until an issue is sorted & the more you have in writing the better. I feel your last paragraph says it all ...................

  3. #3
    Administrator Big-Pete's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Home or in the Gym
    Problems Posted
    1
    Problems Solved
    0
    Best Answers
    0
    Good Answers
    1
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    96 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Vehicle InfoStats

    Vehicle : Audi Q7

    Trim : S-Line Plus 245

    Engine : 3.0 TDV6

    Year : 2013

    Mileage : 3023

    Default

    Thats a bit bad! I'd be going mad with both VX and the dealers, Surely the cars history shows its had problems, and t seems that those are problems that the dealers aren't capable of repairing! I'd be pursuing it until they do the work under warranty..

  4. #4
    Regular Member Misty Design's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Tamworth
    Problems Posted
    0
    Problems Solved
    0
    Best Answers
    0
    Good Answers
    0
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Vehicle InfoStats





    Default

    that does sound terminal for your motor, which is a pretty awful thing to be having to fork out for. i'm not defending them but Vauxhall have been hit by the credit crunch massively, understandably they are going to clamp down on 'goodwill' contributions being made outside of warranty, probably using any loop hole possible.

    this does sound kinda familiar to a problem i have on my 1.8vvti, rattle from cold start just for a few seconds, oil light extinguishes anywhere between 7 to 10 seconds.

    the dealer have aknowledged yes its rattles but it doesn't justify any further investigation, ie strip down, as it is.

    that was the response 6 months or so ago, since then the rattle is noticeably louder but for no longer.

    my intention is to pursue it again on its service next month....

    I'm pretty sure other 1.8vvti owners here have experienced this rattle from cold start too - would be interesting to see what peoples experiences and Vauxhalls response has been .

  5. #5
    Ex Vec-C Admin Deztroyer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    WGAF#5
    Problems Posted
    0
    Problems Solved
    0
    Best Answers
    0
    Good Answers
    0
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Vehicle InfoStats





    Default

    sounds like a hydraulic tappets problem to me - i am aware of a similar reported problem on peugeot 1.6 engines and there initial response was to fill the vehicle with a better viscosity oil - the final resolution was replacement tappets from a different engine being slightly larger in size the problems disappeared - only 2 came back from having the modified tappets and they both resulted in new engines owing to low oil pressure

    regarding the warranty issue there should be a clear line of reported complaints on your vehicle history with the dealership involved
    if they havent manage to resolve the matter then this clearly shows the matter reported to them and they have failed to resolve the issue - i would suggest that warranty/goodwill have some part to play in the matter
    hth

    sorry mate

    Dez

    0-Large smile ......every time it's driven

  6. #6
    Regular Member Flaninacupboard's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Wellingborough
    Problems Posted
    0
    Problems Solved
    0
    Best Answers
    0
    Good Answers
    0
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Vehicle InfoStats





    Default

    Try another dealer. warranty work can be carried out by any, not just the one you purchased from. i have had done under warranty with no proof of service history from non-supplying dealer:

    Replacement self dimming mirror glass
    Replacement drivers door module
    Replacement CD70
    Activation of heated rear seats
    Replacement fuel regulator
    Replacement high pressure fuel pump
    Re-Replacement fuel regulator.

  7. #7
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Shropshire
    Problems Posted
    0
    Problems Solved
    0
    Best Answers
    0
    Good Answers
    0
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Vehicle InfoStats





    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Misty Design View Post
    that does sound terminal for your motor, which is a pretty awful thing to be having to fork out for. i'm not defending them but Vauxhall have been hit by the credit crunch massively, understandably they are going to clamp down on 'goodwill' contributions being made outside of warranty, probably using any loop hole possible.

    this does sound kinda familiar to a problem i have on my 1.8vvti, rattle from cold start just for a few seconds, oil light extinguishes anywhere between 7 to 10 seconds.

    the dealer have aknowledged yes its rattles but it doesn't justify any further investigation, ie strip down, as it is.

    that was the response 6 months or so ago, since then the rattle is noticeably louder but for no longer.

    my intention is to pursue it again on its service next month....

    I'm pretty sure other 1.8vvti owners here have experienced this rattle from cold start too - would be interesting to see what peoples experiences and Vauxhalls response has been .
    Sounds exactly like what I had. I'd go back and complain if I were you before its terminal.

    Also I wonder if vauxhall watch this forum? This has been going on for a few months without reply, the day after i post this they ring?

    Also it is not the dealer. They will do any work necessary but only if vauxhall agree to pay for it first! Thinks like mirrors etc are not normally service items so they are not to bothered if its been serviced or not.

    Thanks anyway for the responce guys!

  8. #8
    Regular Member clightowler's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Leeds
    Problems Posted
    0
    Problems Solved
    0
    Best Answers
    0
    Good Answers
    0
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Vehicle InfoStats

    Vehicle : Vectra

    Trim : SRI hatch

    Engine : z19dth

    Year : 2006

    Mileage : 110000

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by mucklestone View Post


    Vauxhall never wanted to try and fix the engine as every dealler seemed to have little knowledge of the vvt mechanisium, insteed suggestting enigne replacement, but because we have missed one vauxhall service, they will not do it under warranty.
    Servicing does not have to be done by vauxhall to maintain warranty, this changed years ago. as long as you can show that the servicing was done in line with Vx specification using recommended grade oils and filters the warranty will still be valid. Have you kept receipts for the oils and filters? that and the fact that the problem was reported to the dealers straight away will form the basis of your case in small claims court if it needs it.

    I would suggest speaking to the Citizen advice bureaux or consumer direct for advice on this. Then threaten legal action if you have a case.

  9. #9
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    sussex
    Problems Posted
    0
    Problems Solved
    0
    Best Answers
    0
    Good Answers
    0
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Vehicle InfoStats





    Default

    as above, recent legislation has stopped dealerships ripping people off so easily and you ARE allowed to have your car serviced elsewhere just as long as it is to vauxhalls spec. This legally is not allowed to void any warranty.

  10. #10
    Regular Member John C S's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Gangsta crossover on the drive? Check
    Problems Posted
    0
    Problems Solved
    0
    Best Answers
    0
    Good Answers
    0
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Vehicle InfoStats





    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by mucklestone View Post

    Also I wonder if vauxhall watch this forum? This has been going on for a few months without reply, the day after i post this they ring?
    Yes they do!

    There was a situation a couple of months back which i won't go in to, but there was a snake in the grass! if you know what i mean!!

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Timing belt failure/knackered engine???
    By 123rado in forum Engine & Drivetrain
    Replies: 61
    Last Post: 15th December 2012, 18:35
  2. Bad mot day engine/emissions light failure
    By monty2000 in forum Vectra C / Signum Troubleshooting
    Replies: 23
    Last Post: 4th September 2012, 20:02
  3. Did HID failure ever come in for MOT?
    By Ginge7289 in forum Vectra C / Signum Car Chat
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 20th August 2012, 13:58
  4. 22dti engine failure
    By daveybuc in forum Engine & Drivetrain
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 21st September 2010, 22:16
  5. Cruise control failure, Engine light
    By stevedee3 in forum Engine & Drivetrain
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 13th November 2005, 11:00

Visitors found this page by searching for:

vauxhall 1.8 vvt engine failure

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •