I've recently bought a 02 plate Astra 1.6LS with the 1600cc ECOTEC engine, with 54,000 miles and full service history. My problem is with the oil consumption.
So far, in less than 2000 miles I have used 3 litres of oil. All my experience with cars tells me this surely can't be right.
But when I returned the car to the garage I bought it from I am told that that "is about right for those engines".
And checking with Vauxhall (who said I should check my handbook) the official figure is that the engine should use 0.07 litres of oil per 100km which works out at about 1 litre for every 1000 miles!!!
Please someone tell me this can't be right. By my maths that means that even if my engine was factory fresh I would have to top it up with 20 litres (ie 4 large containers of oil) in between services (20,000 mile service intervals) to keep the level at max. As it is, mine is worse than that and will require 30 litres between scheduled services (that'll be about £120 quids worth!!).
Or put another way... if I didn't open the bonnet (like many people don't between services) after roughly 2500 miles my engine would be dry of oil (3.5 litre capacity if I have that right). Are there a lot of ECOTECs driving around with no oil in them.
Your comments please because I really think I'm going barmy here!