Ask if the manifold gasket has been changed recently. IF it has, you would
be good to go. If not, negotiate the cost of possible repair out of the
price. If it works out and you buy the car, have the manifold gasket
changed right away. My sister has a 1995 hardtop with the 3.4 with 84K on it
and no leak yet. Not to say it won't leak eventually.....
And what belt are you referring to? I have not heard of that issue
This is not the same engine as the pushrod 3.4, the belt is important and
expensive, in general this engine is expensive to do any kind of component
repairs to, check the convertible for leaks especially at speed in the rain,
lots of problems with this.
He's talking about a different 3.4. The one in his vehicle is the
3.4 DOHC engine. It does not have the same type of lower intake
manifold issues as the pushrod engine. But it does have it's own
lower intake manifold issues. Vacuum leaks, to be specific.
I assume intrusion/non intrusion means that you are referring to
whether the engine is an interference engine or not. It's "not" an
interference engine. But it has problems. Oil leaks that require
the rear cylinder head be removed....lower intake gasket vacuum
leaks, timing belt failures due to worn idler pulleys, labour intensive
alternator replacement procedure....etc.
But if it's running good....it's a great little engine.
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