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I'm thinking about buying a Buick with 2.0 l turbo DOHC SIDI

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I'm thinking about buying a Buick with 2.0 l turbo DOHC SIDI with VVT engine. I normally keep my cars for 10 years and wonder if turbos hold up over 100,000 miles?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Buick
Expert:  Daniel Jones replied 1 year ago.

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I'm here to provide as much information and insight as I can, to best answer your question.

In the many years I have worked at dealerships I have only replaced very few turbo's. The main thing to do is to change your oil at proper intervals. I would not go by the oil life monitor system in the vehicle. Because sometimes the message will not come on for 10-15k miles, depending on you driving habits. Also check your oil level regularly. Not many vehicles today have a indicator on the dash to tell you if the oil is low.

I have seen many engines damaged due to people going by the oil life monitor system and not checking their oil level. Which after 10-15k miles will be low.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
My brother in law is a mechanic for a CarMax - he said they send cars they get for trade ins with turbos to wholesale because the turbos usually start leaking oil and need rebuild which can be about a $2000 repair. Are you saying this is not normal if you change the oil frequently?
Expert:  Daniel Jones replied 1 year ago.

I have worked for GM Dealerships for over 20 yrs and I have only replaced very few turbo's.

Also haven't seen many changed if the car is maintained properly. Like 3000-6000 miles on a oil change.

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Expert:  Daniel Jones replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Daniel Jones replied 1 year ago.

Hi,
Just wanted to get an update on how you made out with vehicle.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Your response was informative but not as much detail to justify your response in my mind. Don't want to pay extra for a phone call - feel I already paid a lot to get a standard answer. Needless to say I'm not buying a car with a turbo engine. Thanks.
Expert:  Daniel Jones replied 1 year ago.

The information I gave you was from my experience and extensive training that i have received in the over 20 years working at GM Dealerships. If you were to buy the car New and change your oil regularly by mileage and not the oil life monitor and changed the air filter at the correct interval, you should have no problem with the turbo.

One of the most common causes for turbo failure is a lack of lubrication.

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