OIL GUZZLER!

RECENTLY I

GLENN TORRENS

GLENN TORRENS SHARES THE SAD TALE OF A BLOKE WHO SEEMS TO HAVE CHOSEN FOOLISH OPINION OVER ENGINEERING WISDOM

RECENTLY I found a Facebook page about a ‘lemon’ vehicle that reveals the ‘journey’ of its owner ‘battling’ a car dealer about the ‘ordeal’ with his ‘nightmare’ vehicle that was ‘guzzling’ oil.

Shock! Horror! Quick! Help! Someone must do something!

The owner’s claim for oil use was; “in the first 10 or 15,000 kays it used three litres of oil," which is a set of numbers that would have a school kid fail maths. And reading a little further, it seems to me the situation is a plain case of struth over truth and we can look to our classic car hobby for the reasons why.

Fifty years ago, the HK Holden owner manual advised the oil filter to be changed every six months and the oil every 60 days or 6000 miles (10,000km). If you were to drive these mighty first Monaros and Kingswoods in conditions such as cold weather, on dusty roads, or as a taxi, the oil was to be changed at 2000 miles (3200km) or 30 days.

Yes… once a month!

Holden’s advice for its also red-motored VB Commodore owners a decade later was similar. I don’t own a 1980s VL Commodore so don’t have a book, but I recall the Nissan-built, EFI built, 3.0-litre OHC six’s service interval was also 10,000km - and half that for the optional Turbo engine.