1. The Ford 3.8L headgasket problem has been largely fixed with a redesign
of the Gasket on any vehicle after 1997. They do have an occasional
failure. VERY important to NEVER let the car overheat. Maintain the
cooling system above and beyond 100%. Flush it out every two years, check
the belts every couple of months, check the water pump seep hole, check the
coolant level every month, change the oil every three months even if you do
not drive 3,000 to 5,000 miles in that time.
2. The Ford transmission problems are also largely fixed and a thing of the
past, BUT do not use it for towing.
Unless you have an oversized aftermarket tranny cooler. You must flush the
transmission fluid out every 30K miles and have the tranny filter replaced
for best long life.
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