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Just wondering what peoples thoughts are on the average life of a V6 3.0L or 3.8L engine if you do regular oil changes and maint . I have 103,000 on my 3.0 and it is still going strong. Trying to get a mechanics or others point of view. Thanks
 
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My 96 T'bird has 210,000 on it's 3.8L, V6. Took it to Florida last month and got 29MPG. My wife's T'bird has 174,000. Neither engine has had major repair, except for head gaskets on my wife's car. Neither using any oil. I'm not sure how long they'll last, but I've definately gotten my money's worth out of these.

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Originally Posted by jcraft
Just wondering what peoples thoughts are on the average life of a V6 3.0L or 3.8L engine if you do regular oil changes and maint . I have 103,000 on my 3.0 and it is still going strong. Trying to get a mechanics or others point of view. Thanks
My 1996 Regal GS has a 3.8L Series II V6 with 119,000 original miles. Last time we drove it on vacation we did 750 miles in 14 hours and averaged 38 miles to the gallon. Gas was 1.96 a gallon too, and I'm sure we complained then! It's on all the original plugs and wires, etc. Oil change every 2500 miles and a new air filter too. (Lights on the dashboard are starting to die, no way to fix those!)

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225,000 + is good for just starters, I would say. I think that once we went to unleaded fuel, engines started lasting longer. I had a 289 back in early 70's that needed a valve job with only 80,000 miles on the engine (leaded gasoline days).

I had a 305 chev. p/u and I didn't change oil for 80,000 and to the day the rear end went out, the engine still ran powerful and smooth at over 234,000 miles! (But my phenomenal story is being glossed over by the fact the leaking oil allowed me to always have honey colored new oil in it. )

I had a Buick Skylark 4 banger with over 200,000.

I have a 91 Dodge Spirit with going on 225,000 miles and still runs great and uses little oil. And I do a lot of stop and go driving with it and have it loaded down inside with tools and supplies!

It used to be that when you heard the words 100,000 miles, that was like it. Now it is much higher for all cars in general...right? Anybody know of cars out there that absolutely cannot make it to 200,000 at least without having to replace rings, pistons, rod bearings and anything more major than a head gasket replacement?
 
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Originally Posted by DaVeBoy
It used to be that when you heard the words 100,000 miles, that was like it. Now it is much higher for all cars in general...right? Anybody know of cars out there that absolutely cannot make it to 200,000 at least without having to replace rings, pistons, rod bearings and anything more major than a head gasket replacement?
I wonder about GM's 'Wondercar' the Saturn's. I've heard a lot of people complain about oil related issues with them. I have a neighbor whose is putting a quart or two per week in his Saturn and what's hitting the ground is never black! Mid-ninties Fords had a lot of issues with their cars loosing engines and transmissions and I still won't consider one for a purchase after my Windstar tranny blew up under warranty and they refused to cover it.

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Just sold a 92 Olds Cutlass Ciera 3.3 L V6 with 251,878 miles on the original engine and still getting 28 mpg. I heard somewhere that pretty much any car built in the 90s or later should get to 200k if you take reasonable care of it. I've seen nothing to dispute that in the cars I've been around.
 
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