Ford 3.8L engine

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Old 07-29-03, 01:00 PM
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Ford 3.8L engine

Is this engine notorious for head gasket problems? And if so is there any website to confirm the problem is habitual? Thanks
 
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Old 07-29-03, 01:16 PM
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Yup. So much so, Ford extended the warranties on many of them and ate previous repairs.

Notorious gasket blower, boat anchor and all around heap.
 
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Old 07-29-03, 01:17 PM
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Yes and yes!

'94-'96 FWD models seem to be the worst. Check below for the most comprehensive site I've seen.

http://home.att.net/~ccatanese/ford/indexx.htm
 
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Old 07-30-03, 04:27 AM
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I had a 93 Taurus 3.8L -- The worst piece of crap that I ever owned -- Tranny went , the first time , with one day left on the warranty.
Second tranny went when my wife and mother were about 80 miles from home in a little town ( we live rurally) - thankfully there was a garage there.

Head gasket went , and after much conversation with the owner of the dealership they fixed it "gratis".

About 2 weeks after the head gasket was fixed the "clunk" on changing gears started again - checked the fluid and it was perfect.

At least it was running so I traded it -

We bought a Hyundai - since Joe recommends them so highly LOL
 
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Old 07-30-03, 05:59 AM
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LOL
 
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Old 07-30-03, 10:50 AM
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Got to chime in my .02 as well.

They most definetly are notorious head gasket blowers, as any search on the topic on the internet will reveal that.

while ALL 3.8's blow, only "some" will be covered in the Ford recall, and only with less than 100k on the engine, a crock of sh$t if you ask me.

go to 3.8mustang.com, and half the posts are about head gaskets.

A note, all 3.8's, tbirds, stangs, taurus, windstar, etc are proned to failure, seems to happen on average between 75-125k. Basically if you have a car with this engine, it WILL blow, it is just a matter of when.

I went through hell and back on my thunderbird.

The 99 up mustangs use different heads, and are not proned to gasket failures any longer, although I still wouldn't trust the engine as far as I could throw it.
 
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Old 07-30-03, 05:58 PM
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Jeremy:

That's just not true. The 3.8 has been around since 1983. 1983-1993 models did not have head gasket problems.
 
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Old 07-30-03, 06:03 PM
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Actually, 1982. On the '82 F100 pickup and the 1982 Continental.

While they didn't have head gasket failures, everything else wiped out on them. LOL.
 
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Old 07-30-03, 08:02 PM
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Forgot about those duds.

I knew the 3.8L was available in the '83 T-Bird/Marquis/LTD.

One of my customers had a '83 T-Bird 3.8 with well over 125K miles & no problems. He sold it & replaced it with an '85 model with 50K. Oil pump failed at 65K. Reman. engine failed (oil pump again) at 115K. He put a used engine in & dumped it soon after.
 
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Old 07-30-03, 08:48 PM
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I HAD a 1989 Continetal....need I say more??? LOL...made it to 170,000 miles though. I guess I was lucky. Ahhh, that beautiful smoke poluting the environment...what a beautiul sight!
 
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Old 07-31-03, 09:25 AM
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Originally posted by knuckles
Jeremy:

That's just not true. The 3.8 has been around since 1983. 1983-1993 models did not have head gasket problems.
Thanks, sorry for posting bad info, it is good to know that!
 
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