Frontera Turbo Diesel - JAMES FRASER
I have a problem with an \'R\' reg Frontera Turbo Diesel (fitted with the Italian VM engine). There was a substantial amount of oil in the cooling system. The cylinder heads (there are 4 separate heads on this engine) have been removed and there is no evidence of head gasket failure or coolant leakage into the cylinders. The heads have been sent to a specialist for pressure testing as these are a known weak point but have checked out ok and they are sure these have not caused the problem. Neither the oil cooler or turbo are water cooled and the radiator has no link to the oil system. It would appear that the fault lies within the block but a replacement engine is £3000 . Has anyone got any theories on this or suffered a similar fault on this model?
Re: FRONTERA TURBO DIESEL - Honest John
James e-mailed me as well and I'd already answered him with: "This is a common problem with the same VM engine fitted to early diesel Jeep Cherokees. Didn't seem to be a problem with this engine in Rover 825Ds or Range Rovers, though. The Jeep cure has been a new set of cylinder heads."

HJ
Re: FRONTERA TURBO DIESEL - Andy Bairsto
You could try The engine centre (mottingham ltd) tel0208851 8944/8895 they specialise in all vauxhall diesel engines and I thing you will find they do recons at afraction of your quote.
Re: FRONTERA TURBO DIESEL - Dave N
There's a place called the VM Specialists on 01246 551797, thats all they do.
Re: FRONTERA TURBO DIESEL - Honest John
But Andy, this isn't a Vauxhall engine. It's an Italian VM boat engine. The problem is the modular design that allows for 3, 4, 5 or six cylinders. For some strange reason the heads of each pot are all separate.

HJ
Re: FRONTERA TURBO DIESEL - Andy Bairsto
Yes but this firm still deals in these motors and engines along with half adozen more listed in Exchange and Mart
Re: FRONTERA TURBO DIESEL - ROBIN
And not even up to much as a boat engine,either.
I hear the tightening down sequence for the heads goes on for days.
I suppose being owned by Detroit Diesels for years cant have helped development,as they would have been seen as sporty enough already by US standards.
Pity they didnt design it as a horizontally opposed job,it might have been more useful,especially in boats.
 

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