I'm looking at a 1994 Lincoln with a 3.8 l efi engine that has around
60,000 miles on it. The engine is a 'long block" from ford purchaced
and installed in 12/2002. Can one assume that this would be a "good"
engine or one with the inherant problems that plagued the early 3.8 L
engines? Having looked at a 3.8 before (with out the heads) it appears
that it lacks a cooling jacket at the back end of the engine. Which
could explain overheating and then the domino effect created by the
overheat. They would not have redesigned the motor to eliminate the
problem? Would they?
This engine is a crap-shoot. I have an '88 3.8L Cougar with over 300K
miles that I purchased brand new. The engine leaks a little oil, but
has never had the valve covers or oil pan off. Some are good, some are
bad. It was a few years later that the head gasket was redesigned and
caused the engine's bad reputation, if it ever had a good one.....
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