Holden ignores a burning oil issue
Q: After recently seeing your story about the oil burning issue in the V6 Commodore, and I can tell you from personal experience that after bringing it to the attention of my Holden dealer at the 15,000km service, the 30,000km service and recently at the 45,000km service, and after three oil consumption tests, they continue to argue that it is in the normal range for the engine to burn through 5-7 litres of oil per 15,000km?
I have run Commodores for 20 years and have never had to top up between services. I believe it is a widespread problem that is being delayed/ignored by Holden and its dealer network.
I also feel that the new Commodore is far less fuel efficient thanmyVYSeries II Commodore by a big margin. I used to get roughly 400km for $40, now I battle to get 200-250km with my 2011 Commodore.
Please highlight the problem so Holden know it isn’t going to go away. Andrew, e-mail. A: Using 5-7 litres per 15,000km is certainly not normal. Like you I would not expect to have to add oil between services. Ramp up your anger and demand the engine on your car be rebuilt or replaced.
Q: A couple of weeks ago we read a report from Noelene Nolan regarding troubles with her 2010 Barina. We experienced exactly the same symptoms with our 2010 Barina. For two years there was no trouble, then at 25,000 km it started playing up, intermittently would not start, engine-malfunction light on, car running very rough and underpowered.
Our dealer was very good about it, they tried a few things and thought they had identified the problem, but it kept recurring.
On the third visit, they replaced the Throttle Actuator Control System as they found an internal failure in the throttle body — the butterfly valve not opening on start up. They fitted a new Throttle Body Assembly, and the car is back to normal. P&BSharpe, e-mail. A: It’s great that your dealer was able to find the cause of your problem and fix it. It’s difficult to find a problem when it doesn’t manifest itself when the car is with the dealer, he’s then fishing around in the dark hoping to stumble on it. Anyone whose car is suffering from an intermittent problem should take heart from your report and persist in trying to get it solved.
Q: The SRS Airbag Warning light in my 2011 Mitsubishi Triton stays on continually. It has been back to my local dealer four times to have it fixed as I really do want my airbags working when required. The last time it went back was two days ago and it didn’t even last the drive home before it came on and stayed on. The dealer said that Mitsubishi would be replacing the wiring harness, but they don’t have any at the moment. The dealer has been told to just apply the fix they have been doing until the harnesses are available. I find this ludicrous. This has been going on for well over six months. Three months ago I was involved in an accident with an impact speed of around 40 km/h and the airbags did not deploy. At the time the SRS airbag light was not on. When I asked the dealer what impact speed should set the airbags off he said he couldn’t tell me as he had no idea and I should ask Mitsubishi. Sounded like he was covering his back. I have no faith in this car, or in Mitsubishi. I cannot just sell the car as it is leased and there would be a financial penalty for doing so.
I purchased and paid for a car with airbags as a prime safety feature and right now nobody can assure me they will work when required. David Moore, Pakenham, Vic. A: You’re perfectly entitled to expect the airbags to work