Holden Calais 1999 Problems

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Holden Calais engine replacement

Answered by CarsGuide 19 Apr 2012

I am assuming the engine was a second-hand one and there was no guarantee on it or the work done by the mechanic. If that is the case you are relying on the goodwill of the mechanic to do the 'right' thing and have little other claim. The best thing to do would be to talk to the mechanic about your expectations and try to reach an agreement on the cost to carry out the subsequent repairs. If you can't reach a satisfactory agreement you could try your consumer affairs people, or take the mechanic to your small claims tribunal. If there was a guarantee on the engine or the work make a claim on that.

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Calais fuel economy

Answered by CarsGuide 9 Dec 2010

You don't say by how much it has crept up and whether it's been a gradual increase or a sudden jump, but Holden's claim for town running was 15.0 L/100 km for a 1999 VT V8 and 13.5 L/100 km for a later VX V8. If it's running well and still packs a powerful punch you should look at those items that might affect the tuning of the engine. Replace the spark plugs, the plug leads, the air filter, perhaps clean the throttle body and give it a good run to blow out any carbon build-up.

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