It's how ya drive them.
'88 3.0 went 150k miles 'till the tranny went. Bought used, only repl. water
pump and struts when I had it. Junked it as it was a salt victim.
'94 3.0 with 151k and going strong. Other than reg. maint. it's had a water
pump, radiator and a VSS . This one's the little woman's daily driver.
As long as they aren't driven WFO all the time and maintained they will hold
up fairly well.
I'm no Ford fan either..........
"anything you say can & will be misquoted & used against you"
How does a radiator or VSS fail anyway? The radiator blew up on my '90
Sable because I went fast on the highway and then stopped only a couple
miles off the highway. The radiator on the '93 was epoxied before I got it.
They both had 3.8L engines, both needed head gaskets. The '93 had them fail
twice. The '90 later spun a connecting rod bearing because of it. The '93
had the intake gasket start leaking, though not enough to isolate it as the
problem. Then one day, at about 121,000mi., the transmission wouldn't get
out of 2nd I guess and the engine hydrolocked with the RPMs up and it blew
up. I mean pieces came out of it and there was smoke so thick you couldn't
see anything. The transmission went on the '90 around 140,000 mi. Both
cars were well maintained and loved by their previous owners, all service
records were available. They definitely took care of the cars. I
maintained them well also and didn't really punish them.
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