Larz wrote: ↑
Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:21 pm
272k miles ??? Bloody Nora! That's the highest mileage I've heard of. I reckon you DO have camshaft issues. That's about the time for engine work - position sensors, timing chain, etc. Between the high mileage and the poor care, I'd be very gentle driving it, get all new fluids soon as possible, and keep my toes crossed, LOL. Long as you didn't pay too much, use it on occasion and baby it, you could get more years out of it. But I wouldn't expect to use it as an everyday driver and put 20k miles per year on it.
As for the M45's, I never owned one but I recall no postings calling them 'unreliable' or problematic. The only issue I recall with any frequency was oil loss and that is easy as checking and filling oil every so often between changes.
That's why I'm thinking of getting another one these cars, they are so bulletproof! I recall someone reaching 414000 miles with proper care/ maintenance and it was running healthy. Currently the car is just for local commuting, and I make sure to change the oil consistently too, just holding onto it till I can afford the next car. Also, my mechanic said its probably sludge blocking the VVT or an internal leak causing low oil pressure for the camshafts (All hands pointing to the aforementioned oil gallery gasket
I also heard about the oil change consumption issues for the m45, wary because there are so few selling out there and many of the recent postings are very vague about maintenance records and condition of the car. Makes me question if the owners' are doing consistent oil changes/ scheduled maintenance.