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Old 09-12-2017, 05:30 AM   #1
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Default 2002 L200 burning oil

2002 L200 with 2.2 liter engine.

It currently has 252,000 miles on it. It's been using more and more oil over the past 5 years. I am now having to add 1 quart a week.

I'm in Ohio, so on cold mornings I will warm up the car in the driveway. Blueish smoke is emits from the exhaust after it idles for a few minutes. The smoke is very noticeable if it sits there and idles 5 to 10 minutes. The smoke mostly goes away when the car is warmed up and driven.

Worn rings? Valve guide seals? PVC valve?

With this many miles, is it even worth fixing?

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Old 09-12-2017, 08:44 AM   #2
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Default Re: 2002 L200 burning oil

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2002 L200 with 2.2 liter engine.

It currently has 252,000 miles on it. It's been using more and more oil over the past 5 years. I am now having to add 1 quart a week.

I'm in Ohio, so on cold mornings I will warm up the car in the driveway. Blueish smoke is emits from the exhaust after it idles for a few minutes. The smoke is very noticeable if it sits there and idles 5 to 10 minutes. The smoke mostly goes away when the car is warmed up and driven.

Worn rings? Valve guide seals? PVC valve?

With this many miles, is it even worth fixing?

Thanks
With situation you should take it in to a trusted shop to verify if the problem is bad or fixable. We on here can't do that for you here.

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Old 09-12-2017, 10:09 AM   #3
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2002 L200 with 2.2 liter engine.

It currently has 252,000 miles on it. It's been using more and more oil over the past 5 years. I am now having to add 1 quart a week...

...Worn rings? Valve guide seals? PVC valve?

With this many miles, is it even worth fixing?

Thanks
With regard to a bad PCV valve, there should be a build up of oil within the air cleaner snorkel and perhaps even at the throttle body if it has gone bad. If the PCV valve is not at fault then, of course, the excessive oil consumption could be caused by either of the other two items you've referred to, or perhaps worn valve guides. The only way to determine which of the two have gone bad is to tear down the engine. You could just make a guess and simply replace the valve stem seals. There is no guarantee, however, that such a repair would solve your problem.

So based on the vehicle's age and mileage is it worth fixing? Relative to the car's value, probably not. Unless you expect to do an engine swap or a rebuild as a DIYer, the cost of such a repair comes close to, or exceeds, the value of the car. This is the sad reality for we owners of older cars. Repair costs start to get too close to their resale value. I am facing this type of concern right now with some repairs. We all have to determine what makes the most sense to us depending on our various financial circumstances and needs.

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Old 09-12-2017, 07:55 PM   #4
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With this many miles, is it even worth fixing ?Thanks[/QUOTE]

^^^ That depends on your situation as Pierrot pointed out. What kind of condition is the body and interior in? Transmission? Give us some ideas about what other parts have been replaced or other repairs.

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Old 09-12-2017, 10:59 PM   #5
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I work on my own cars so everything is different for me. I am a pack rat so when I choose a car I am in for the long haul. I have only sold one Saturn LW300. All the rest have been L200s, my current driver is the one I will keep for many years. I have parted out 2 and have a third parts car now. I paid $100.00 for a 2003 rollover with 200k miles on it. The engine runs great and uses no oil, I put it in my 02 L200/5 speed loaded driver. I rebuilt another 02 L200 and gave it to a grandson.

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