The 3.0L six is a better engine from the standpoint of power and
smoothness than the older 3.0L five and the 2.4L four. That said, you
should know that the six's aluminum head / iron block combination cannot
be overheated - that means it MUST have very good cooling system
maintenance. If YOU do that IT will serve you well. Owners love them.
But if you want a more forgiving motor buy one of the old fives for
these are about a tough and durable as motors come (given reasonable
It is a good engine. I have driven it and it has good power. My friend owns
two of them... his first one, he drove it 295,000 miles on it... then he
bought another one to replace that one due to rusting... and the current one
also has about 230,000 miles now.
Cool! Mine is at this moment at 299,920. Just replaced the front tires
and had a four wheel alignment done. It drives as if it were on rails.
<g> Makes me want to specutate that since it drives this well now, what
might it have been like new?
Fuel economy (mixed city/hiway)is 27-28. Have added 8 ounces of Marvel
Mystery Oil to last tank of fuel, noted an apparent increase in power.
I'll be fueling up today or tomorrow so I can't say that the MM additive
has boosted fuel econmony or not until later.
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