Which Engine Is Best?

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Old 12-14-04, 08:44 AM
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Which Engine Is Best?

In helping a relative purchase a used car (2000 or newer), I am curious about how the below motors are, in terms of long term reliability/durability (looking to get, at a bare minimum, 150k miles out of the motor):

- The GM 3100/3400 V-6

- The GM 3800 V-6

- The Ford Duratec 3.0 DOHC

- The Ford Vulcan 3.0 OHV

- The Ford Triton 4.6 V8

Finally, are there any domestic manufacturers, whose transmissions I should avoid?

Thanks in advance, for any information that you might offer.
 
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Old 12-14-04, 03:34 PM
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I'm kinda biased on this issue but if I had to pick from the 2 good engines on the list I would pick the 3800 seriesII.It will be bolted to a 4t65e tranmission which is reliable also in my opinion.Of course I'm a GM guy,work on them and drive them so like I said I may be biased .
 
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Old 12-15-04, 08:56 AM
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I agree with Davo on the engine selection. I have no bias toward GM however had extreamly good luck with two 3800 engines. Both had well over 150K before replacing the car. In fact my brother still has one of them. It's a 1991 Buick Riviera. He did have to replace the engine at about 175K but still has the original tranny and drives about 100 miles a day. Mileage is decent too for the size of the car. Good Luck!
 
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Old 12-15-04, 10:42 AM
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Personally I wouldn't touch anything with the blue oval on it.
 
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- I still think the old small block 350 will give most of these modern engines a run for the money. I've had some that kept going long after most engines were dead and gone.
 
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I agree nomind. I currently run a 1995 K2500 4x4 with a 350 and 131K. Runs like a top, easy to wrench, and leaks and burns nothing. I was never a Chevy truck fan before I got this one. Now I don't think I'd get anything else in a truck. However, that wasn't one of the choices in the orignal thread.
 
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Old 12-16-04, 03:06 AM
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any of those engines is capable of going 150 k miles easily if the vehilce is kept up with regular maintence.
the 3800 is a good engine but more than one has met an early death due to the plastic intake leaking coolant.
 
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Old 12-16-04, 08:17 AM
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Thanks, all, for your very helpful replies!

Actually, I myself, am a huge fan of the 3800, but also wondered about the plastic intake manifold (something that bejay mentioned). Also, more likely than not, said relative will purchase a Buick Century with the 3100 V6, and so I am glad that no one posted any horror stories about this motor.
 
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Old 12-17-04, 04:26 AM
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All of the above engines that ford has are great. What I think you need to look for? Is one that no matter what make it is? GOOD SERVICE RECORDS!!!!!!
This is one thing that I see daily that helps any car LIVE!
 
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Old 12-18-04, 05:40 PM
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Re: 3100 V6 engine

I had the 3100 engine in a '90 Olds Silhouette. Had to retire the engine @ 314k . . . not because of any engine probs, but because the composite body of the vehicle was coming unglued!! Never had any trouble with the engine (well, I guess the bearings seized on the distributor once). Just routine maint. with Castrol oil and Slick 50.

I miss that engine . . .


Originally Posted by NDL
Thanks, all, for your very helpful replies!

Actually, I myself, am a huge fan of the 3800, but also wondered about the plastic intake manifold (something that bejay mentioned). Also, more likely than not, said relative will purchase a Buick Century with the 3100 V6, and so I am glad that no one posted any horror stories about this motor.
 
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Old 12-19-04, 05:28 AM
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Watch Your Mouth TOW GUY!

I guess you ONLY TOW CHEVY'S ????
 
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lead to arguements and I hope this thread doesn't go where it looks like it is.Oil threads and what engine/car maker threads almost always end up in distasteful arguements so tread lightly please.
 
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